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Five days a week, Michael Shawn Lane brings readers daily portable media information. From the latest portable media players to the latest audio and video podcasts that are available.


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    Amsterdam, The Netherlands – The Dutch film company Zuidenwind is preparing the documentary “Between Ears”, wich will explore the way people use their MP3 player and how it’s influencing their mood and environment. It will reveal a social phenomenon by focusing on a variety of persons from around the world who can’t live without their MP3 player. The film is going to be an international co production and will be shown worldwide.

    Perhaps everyone has experienced that sound can change our awareness in a way that it lets us forget about our surroundings and makes it seem our head is somewhere else. “When I was a child, I was given a very large shell by wich they told me I could hear the sea with it,” says the director Susanne Engels. “With the shell close to my ear, I basked in the warmth of the memory of my last holiday at the beach at any time and place. It was like magic.”

    With the arrival of the walkman, and later mainly the MP3 player, this phenomenon has taken off tremendously. Especially the MP3 player has captured the hearts of a lot of people, young and old. Producer Joost Seelen says: “Not just in western and urban societies, but in the whole world, even in remote areas, people are attracted to the possibilities this small device offers, which exceeds just listening to music.”

    According to British sociologist Dr. Michael Bull, listening to portable music acts as a shield, aura or cocoon. People are using headphones to keep the world at bay and reclaim some space. Portable music players are “multi-faceted transformative devices,” says Dr Bull. It is a “tool whereby users manage space, time and the boundaries around the self.”

    Between Ears will show this magical experience to the audience. It will be a cinematic trip around the world, that leads the viewer along to a surprising diversity of people who shut off from reality around them. With the help of an MP3 player they try to move into a place between their ears. The focus of the film is mainly on the intense experiencing of image and sound, in a way which enables the viewer to identify with the people in the film.

    The film company made a call out for individuals who are willing to share their experience with the MP3 player. They made a questionnaire available from http://www.betweenears.com. The results will be used as the foundation of the documentary Between Ears.


    About Zuidenwind Filmproductions:

    Zuidenwind Filmproductions is specialised in producing socially and historically orientated documentaries. Of main importance is man’s particular existence in society. It creates documentaries in co-production with both national and international broadcasters.

    For more information: http://www.betweenears.com or
    Contact: info@betweenears.com

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