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December 11, 2017

Plugged In: The History of Headphones

Next time you're on the train or bus, take a look around and just how many people are plugged in, wearing headphones. From listening to music both for leisure or for therapeutic reasons, recording or mixing music, to DJing, producing films, and radio programming, headphones have become a part of our everyday life. Headphones enable us to privately interact with media, even when in a noisy room or a crowded subway or airplane.

So, what are the origins of headphones? Let’s take a look at the history from past to present.


A man named Nathaniel Baldwin, who sold all of the headphones he made in his kitchen to the US Navy, manufactured the first headphones that could be called modern around 1910. The first introduction of technologies we use to differentiate headphones today was in 1937, when Beyer dynamic created the first dynamic headphones.


John C. Koss created the first stereo headphones in 1958, just a year before Stax made the first electrostatic headphones and debuted them in Tokyo. It would take Koss nine years to catch up and create the first American-made electrostatic headphones in 1968.


Sony released the Walkman accompanied with a pair of ultra light headphones. In the following decade, the first earphones appeared – both ear buds and in-ear models, but it would take them twenty years to become accepted, which eventually happened when another piece of tech called the iPod hit the market and caused a revolution.


Apple introduced the iPod to the world. The iPod, and later iPhone and iPad, comes with a now-iconic set of basic white ear buds. A decade later, iPod sales have topped 300 million. Begin to do the math, totalling sales of iPods, iPhones and iPads, and you begin to realize there are an astronomical number of Apple ear buds in circulation.


The launch of the iPhone 5 brought in a new era of headphone design — the Ear Pod. The periscope-like headphones are designed to direct sound right into the ear.


Headphones have come a long way, revolutionizing the way we consume media and the way we communicate. As portable media consumption continues to rise with smartphones and tablets, we're seeing headphones more and more. In addition to sets that transmit with extremely high fidelity, other notable advancements include wireless headphones, Bluetooth headsets and headsets that include a microphone, which can be connected to smartphones or computers.

From streetwear brands like Beats by Dre to high-end experiences like Bose and Sennheiser (who boast the world's most expensive headphones at at $55000), headphones have become not only functional, replacing even the need for speakers during film or music mixing, to extremely fashionable.



December 8, 2017

Interview with OK Sure

Don't Piss Her Off (Or She'll...

When interviewing an artist with a track penned “Don’t Piss Me Off (Or I’ll Write Songs About You” you know it’s not going to be a boring exchange. Her catalogue of emotion fuelled electronica spans back almost a decade.

As well as putting out a six track EP ‘Anamnesis’ earlier this year she’s also just released her fifth separate single ‘Atlas’.

We had a quick (and candid) Q&A with Melbourne Producer/DJ Ok Sure AKA Akaysha Davey about music and life.

I’ve listened to Nightshade at least 30 times since it came out in late October. Safe to say I now know all the words and have related them into my own life.

How does a track like this, with such raw lyrics, start? With the words or the music first? Or something else?

The basis of this track I wrote years ago and was originally an instrumental, I revisited it this year and thought I’d see if it worked with some vocals. I wrote these lyrics when I was trying to navigate my way through dating someone in an open relationship, who was about to get married. It’s basically about how he would be fine if everything fell apart while I’d probably be a mess. Which surprise surprise it did and I was.

So I’ve seen you on a few line ups around Melbourne over the years, do you have a favourite venue or party crew you like to play for?

No but I’d really love to play with the Beaút crew but they never get back to me!

What’s the weirdest thing that’s happened to you when you’ve been playing a gig/festival?

What’s with people coming up to you and requesting songs that aren’t yours when you’re playing a live show? I mean, I think that’s a pretty weird thing to do.

What’s your scene outside of Dj/Producer life? Is it clubs? Is it pubs? Is it cross stitch? And what are we most likely to find you doing on a Sunday?

I’m not big on going out to clubs, I’d probably rather have a few friends over and drink wine & eat cheese or go to a small bar. As I make my own hours and don’t really follow a schedule, my Sundays are like any other day really. I’m also an Uber driver so I’d probably either be doing that, in the studio or feeling sorry for myself with a hangover from too much wine & cheese.

Uber Driving. Oh! Do you have a weird or wonderful story you can share with us about your time cruising around? Do you drive at particular times of the day/night? (No Stalko)

I usually drive weekends if I haven't got anything on. All the funny stories probably involve people getting up to dodgy activities & their secrets are safe with me...

If you could write a track with any artist dead or alive, who would it be and why?

I’m obsessed with Sevdaliza at the moment, would love to work with her, she’s just so mesmerising and everything she does is beautiful.

Tell us about your background as a musician - did you play any other music before you started producing?

Yeah I started piano lessons when I was 6 but didn’t really stick to it, I wish I did, also did a bit of guitar and drum lessons in primary school then got into electronic music around 13-14

You’ve had a shitty day and you want to chuck on an album that you know will chill you out. What is it?

Sevdaliza - Ison

If you could curate a festival with unlimited funds, who would be three of your headliners?

Can Sevdaliza play 3 times?

What's a track you wish you wrote?

Jon Hopkins - Open Eye Signal.

Have you come across any new local artists lately that you think we should be watching out for?

Osopho. Check her out.

And lastly…any tips for young creatives entering the Aussie music scene?

Self sabotage, makes for good song writing. Also probably don’t listen to me.

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