Lately, it seems all and sundry walking the streets listening to music on their earpieces, what music? We do not know. We assume we realize. Is the punk rocker at the rear of that bus secretly rocking to Britney Spears? Or is a tracksuit-bottomed, highlight-headed girl waiting for her friends, in fact moshing out with Black Flag? The pinstripe power outfit on the coach could possibly be a huge Public Enemy fanatic or the local ASBO might be a jazz fan that has a soft spot for Coltrane’s sax playing. People who do not dress in any music-themed clothing design can stay securely indistinctive to the world at large as music patrons. Or can they? Listed here are two brands and what they say about you:
Skullcandy are an innovative-ish product (founded 2003) and aimed directly on the postpunk/goth/emo/whatever crowd. The clue is now in the name as well as the kid-friendly Stencilled graphitti skull brand Created to go together with bullet belts, Atticus shirts and skinny fit jeans, (the final relics of genuine subculture now comfortably distant and changed by mere expenditure of impression and product in one. Punk’s original image, i.e, the flaunting of poverty is overtaken by a generation primed to spend ready-ripped jeans and spraypaint-effect t shirts, I, uh, mean whatever, man). Skullcandy earpieces include a spread of brash colours, also as the stark black and white for optimum application. Given the gain in cost, it appears exceedingly doubtful that a customer would acquire these headsets unless it was to produce a statement by the music itself. This individual (even when they are an 80 year old lady) is much more likely to be paying attention to My Chemical Romance than they are Mozart. Sennheiser headsets, distinctive by their slighter, specialized design are more the realm of that audiophile, the music nut as well as the gadget freak. This person, though they might be attired in comparable way to that Skullcandy child, is much more probable to be playing Charles Mingus, a vintage Delta Blues or folk piece, appreciating it the way in which one may a excellent wine, as well as all slight cultural nuances therein. This person is serious about songs, and his/her derision for bands of the time may be equally significant. Imagine a lecture at any second on the genius of Belgian techno or a number of obscure Japanese arse-band (NOTE: arse-music is not an actual genre…yet)
So, the peripherals we use within the 21st century say as much about us as our record collections might. Even if we don’t desire them to? That surely seems to be possible, anyway. Next: Why are we iPod people so bloody smug?