Sunday, April 13, 2014

How Musical Culture is Quickly Becoming a Culture of Headphones

A few years ago, I had a lovely pair of full-size speakers that had a solid stereo image, crisp highs, deep bass, and filled a room with sound. When we moved into our new house, there was no longer any place for them so I gave them away.

Let's face it - the way we listen to music is changing very quickly. Music as a live activity is becoming increasingly challenging to promote, at the same time that the traditional speaker setup in home audio systems is in danger of becoming obsolete. Why?


This infographic from Sol Republic shows the sheer scale of the change, especially among millennials (people who became adults around 2000). The musical culture is becoming increasingly a headphone-oriented culture, and we as creative artists ignore this fact at our risk. What's more, people's use of music is becoming a private activity integrated into everyday tasks such as waking up in the morning, working out, or commuting.

The Collaborative Piano Blog community is known for their commitment to music, its creation, re-creation, and enjoyment. Music is our livelihood and our passion.

That's why I'm totally honored that headphone manufacturer Sol Republic approached me regarding a headphone promotion and giveaway for the CPB community. Stay tuned, as details on the promotion will be posted tomorrow morning...

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