Techno is just like Detroit, a complete mistake. It's like George Clinton and Kraftwerk stuck in an elevator." -- Derrick May

Elevator Music

Elevator music, also known as piped music or Muzak, refers to the gentle, bland arrangements of popular music designed for play in shopping malls, grocery stores, telephone systems (while the caller is on hold), and, of course, elevators. It sometimes features what seems like thousands of violins playing soft melodies or a brass band playing down-tempo salsa music.

The Muzak corporation is perhaps the best-known supplier of such music. While some people find this style of music pleasant or soothing, some others find it annoying to the point of vexation. Indeed, the term muzak has become an epithet for excessively bland music.

See also: Ambient music --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elevator_music [Jul 2004]

Ubiquitous Music [...]

What I call ubiquitous musics: music in films, in stores, on the phone, in the office, on television, in audio books, and so on. These are the kinds of music that no one chooses for themselves but nevertheless wash our everyday lives with sound. While this is the music that we hear the most of per capita, it is not routinely included in popular music studies. I want to suggest that its absence has a lot to do with the way we define popular. --Thomas Swiss


  1. Elevator Music (2003) - Truby Trio [Amazon US] [FR] [DE] [UK]
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