The times we are living in are fast moving and hectic. Modern technology is altering the way we live, work and consume, supporting a fast and superficial lifestyle. A way to cope with these new challenges is hard to find. Nowadays it seems more and more important to critically reflect on one’s behavior in order to define a viewpoint and find a healthy way to live.
The consumption of music has changed in the recent years, mainly influenced by technological development of media and playback devices. In many situations, music listening has shifted from a main-activity to a side-activity (H. Weber has coined the term passive listening). Music is no longer in the center of our attention, but is heard while focusing on other things. Subsequently, due to the change in perception, music is in danger of degenerating into an unnoticed background noise.
Listen Carefully is a sensitive headphone that reminds the user to focus and concentrate while listening to music. The headphone lowers the playback volume on juddering movements, thus “forcing” the user to sit still and relax. By intervening into the user’s musical enjoyment, the principle of conditioning is used, rewarding the user on “right behavior” and facilitating a learning effect. In the long term, Listen Carefully supports qualitative and focused music-consumption in an appropriate environment.