Lately, it appears every person walking the streets listening to music on their earphones, what music? We do not recognize. We think we know. Would the punk rocker at the rear of that coach secretly jamming to Britney Spears? Or may be the tracksuit-bottomed, highlight-headed girl awaiting her friends, actually moshing out with Black Flag? The pinstripe power outfit on the train might be a huge Public Enemy fanatic or the local ASBO could be a jazz fan with a liking for Coltrane’s sax performance.
People that don’t dress in any music-themed garments style can remain securely undistinguished to the world at large as music consumers. Or can they? Here are two brand names and what they are saying about you:
Skullcandy are a brand new-ish brand (founded 2003) and designed squarely in the postpunk/goth/emo/whatever crowd. The clue is in the name along with the kid-friendly Stencilled graphitti skull brand . Manufactured to go with bullet belts, Atticus shirts and thin fit jeans, (the last remnants of genuine subculture now comfortably detached and replaced by mere use of icon and merchandise in 1. Punk’s first representation, i.e, the flaunting of poverty has been overtaken by a generation prepared to use ready-ripped jeans and spraypaint-effect shirts, I, uh, mean whatever, guy). Skullcandy earpieces include a variety of bright colours, as well like a stark black and white for maximum appeal. Given the gain in cost, this indicates extremely doubtful a customer would purchase these headsets unless the time to produce a statement about the music itself. This person (even if these are an eighty year old woman) is far more likely to be listening to My Chemical Romance than they may be Mozart.
Sennheiser earphones, distinctive by their less important, professional design tend to be more the realm of that audiophile, the melody nut and also the gadget freak. This one, though they could be attired in alike manner to the Skullcandy kid, is much more likely to be taking note of Charles Mingus, a vintage Delta Blues or folk piece, appreciating it just how one might a exceptional wine, along with all subtle cultural nuances therein. This person is serious about music, and his/her disregard for bands of the minute could be equally serious. Expect a lecture at any second on the genius of Belgian techno or a number of obscure Japanese arse-band (NOTE: arse-music isn’t a real genre…yet)
So, the peripherals we use inside the 21st century say as much about us as our EP collections might. Even if we do not wish for them to? That surely seems to be possible, anyway. Next: Why are we iPod people so bloody smug?