Ambient music was the incomparable Brian Eno’s quiet revolution in music; as a result of being unable to reach his stereo and turn up the volume whilst recovering from a motorcycle accident, Eno discovered a new way of listening to music when he noticed the environment melding with the muted sounds from his malfunctioning speakers.
Coming a year on from the introduction of the original Here wireless earbuds from Doppler Labs– a “volume knob for your ears” which gave the user the power to mute selective sounds- an updated model of Doppler Lab’s “active listening system” has been announced, re-imagining ambient music in a concept called “layered listening” which allows users to adjust the frequency balance of the outside world.
Now users can enjoy the latest Justin Bieber album while in a classroom, or, like Eno, mix the sound of the real world into the background of your favourite album- only this time, you can modify the sound courtesy of the smartphone app controlling directional microphones attached to the earbuds.
As with the original Here earbuds, the app also allows users to remove unwanted sounds, such as traffic noise or (so it claims…) crying children, however it now also allows users to take calls, stream music, interact with Siri, amplify speech, and build their own listening profile.
Shipping soon, the Doppler Labs Here earbuds will retail at USD$299; pre-orders are available here. And while you’re waiting, catch up on the birth of Ambient music below…