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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:19 am    Post subject: Muzak
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It has come to my attention that Muzak has now been retired. Crying or Very sad I know it is popular to label Muzak as boring or bad taste, but on closer examination there is something very interesting in this phenomenon.

For the past three decades I thought Industrial Music which I had grown to love was in essence the sounds of the factory and created by groups such as Throbbing Gristle, Test Department etc. . I couldn't have been more wrong. What factory workers were listening to was far more subtle, and perhaps even more sinister.

Please take a look and a listen at this incredible moment in aural history.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 3:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

This is a pretty good essay on Muzak. Well worth a read:

http://cabinetmagazine.org/issues/7/min.php
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Yes I am more than happy to keep myself company in regard to this, or indeed most things.

Here is another analysis of Muzak. Clearly I am quite taken by this. I urge each and every one of you to step into the elevator. There is nothing to be afraid of. Everything is going to be fine. It all turns out nicely in the ending. Just relax...

http://www.audc.org/blue-monday/ethics/muzak-fills-deadly-silences
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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Yes I am more than happy to keep myself company


Laughing

Wel, you said it was retired after all ... reminds me on the Eno days .. music for airports and such.

Hope to find some time tomorrow to listen.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I think we are supposed to be hearing it, not listening to it. Laughing

There was a lot of theory in this which I wasn't aware of. I've actively sought out bizarre music, but this stuff tops the lot! Yes, if you want better music, listen to Esquivel. This is different. It was huge. We are talking about millions of people exposed to it on a daily basis.

I think musicians on a whole reacted quite badly to Musak. Philip Glass didn't like it as far as I can tell. And there was some has been headbanger who wanted to buy the company for 10 million so he could shut it down. Musicians can be very conservative and closed minded. They just weren't ready for it! Laughing


I've had this on for 24 hours now. I'm thinking I need to instal some speakers into the ceiling of every room and make this a permanent thing.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I find muzak fascinating! I haven't found the time to check out the links here.

My general view on music is that its very nature is elusive. You can't say clearly what it's all about really. Loungey stuff played in an elevator is as much music as any classical symphony, and even though we may know clearly what tells those two things apart, it's incredibly difficult to explain that in words.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hmm .. it is too complicated to listen to at work Laughing

back to my own muzak ... http://electro-music.com/~janpunter/play.php?port=8078 Shocked

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Very Happy


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