Phoning It In: Can your Earpieces Reveal About Your Taste

While many of my readers are interested in some of our own articles, here is one i discovered while rummaging around that is much better written than I might ever hope to reach. Maybe someday Ill get to their rank, you never know.

headphonesThese days, it seems everybody walking the streets listening to music on their headphones, what sound? We do not recognize. We think we realize. Could the punk rocker at the back of that bus secretly rocking to Britney Spears? Or is the tracksuit-bottomed, highlight-headed young woman watching for her friends, in reality moshing out with Black Flag? The pinstripe power outfit in the coach could be a huge Public Enemy fan or the local ASBO might be a jazz fan with a fondness for Coltranes sax performance.

Those who do not dress in any music-themed gear design can remain securely anonymous to the world at large as music consumers. Or can they? Here i will discuss two manufacturers and what they say about you:

Skullcandy are a new-ish brand (founded 2003) and intended straight at the postpunk/goth/emo/whatever crowd. The evidence is now in the name and the kid-friendly Stencilled graphitti skull logo. Manufactured to go along with bullet belts, Atticus shirts and thin fit jeans, (the final vestiges of true subculture now comfortably distant and replaced by mere use of icon and merchandise in 1. Punks original figure, i.e, the flaunting of poverty has been overtaken by a generation ready to consume ready-ripped jeans and spraypaint-effect shirts, I, uh, mean whatever, guy). Skullcandy earpieces are available in a variety of garish colours, as well as a stark black and white for optimum demand. Given the markup in worth, it seems vastly doubtful a customer would acquire these headsets unless the time to build a press release about the music itself. This individual (even if they are an 80 year old woman) is much more likely to be taking note of My Chemical Romance than they may be Mozart.

Sennheiser earphones, distinctive by their smaller, professional design are more the realm of that audiophile, the music nut as well as the gadget freak. This one, though they may be attired in similar manner to the Skullcandy kid, is way more likely to be taking note of Charles Mingus, a vintage Delta Blues or folk piece, appreciating it the way in which one might a exceptional wine, in addition to all slight cultural nuances therein. This person is serious about music, and his/her disdain for bands of the time could be equally serious. Expect a lecture at any second on the genius of Belgian techno or a number of incomprehensible Japanese arse-band (NOTE: arse-music is not a real style…yet)

So, the peripherals we use in the 21st century say as much about us as our record collections might. Even when we dont desire them to? That undoubtedly seems to be possible, anyway. Next: Why are we iPod users so bloody smug?