Hello, my name is Michael and I’m a filmmaker. This is where I post my videos of travelers with headphones on the subway in New York City, where I live. I’ve always wondered what people are listening to, so I started asking them. The sound you hear in these videos is what they were hearing when they were filmed. I recommend wearing headphones when you watch.


How I make the videos:

I film people on my iPhone without telling them at first, which is the slightly sneaky part (not revealing you’re filming is really the only way to capture people behaving naturally). After I’ve filmed for a few minutes, I introduce myself and ask what they’re listening to. This is my favorite part, because I find the vast majority of people really warm up when you ask about their music. Then, if people give me permission, I post their edited video here, including what they were hearing at the time.

Click on the track list on the main page for a list of the tracks by listener. I hope you enjoy, and feel free to get in touch.

Contact: Michael@WhatTheyHear.com