Opus 3

Bad news first: ‘Into Winter‘ got rejected from the Short Sounds Film Festival. Eh, I knew it was coming, although I’d still held onto a sliver of hope that I’d get accepted as one of the 15 runners-up. (I’m not audacious enough to aim for the grand prize.) I wonder how far I was from being included in the top 15? I hope it was close.

Onto the next topic: gear doesn’t matter. Talent does. That’s what everyone thinks until they get a taste of gear that is really, really good.

A few days ago, I made the mistake of visiting the Lotte Shopping Mall at Jamsil station. There, I found a shop stocked with dozens of earphones and headphones available to try out. Of course, I had to listen to them, and after some unremarkable minutes spent with headphones in the $100-$200 range, I decided to try some headphones priced at roughly $600 – and was stunned.

I had no idea that the music I owned sounded like that. I always buy in 320 kbps whenever possible, but I never understood why people thought there was an audible difference between it and 192 kbps. I also didn’t understand why some people insisted on FLAC. I thought that they were snobs or that I had rubbish ears.

Now, I’ve realised that my perceptions of file quality were coloured by the listening devices that I own.  For that matter, I think my perceptions of the music I own were coloured by the listening devices that I own.

I desperately want those $600 headphones. If I don’t get them, the sound of them will haunt me until the day I die. It’s as though I rediscovered all of my music on that day. I foolishly forgot to take ‘Into Winter’ with me to Jamsil station; I can’t wait to listen to my music on those headphones.