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  In The First Person
But go a step further and think of a piece of music as not necessarily something which has a beginning and an end, which you must sit down either at home or at a concert to listen to, as something that is an active part of your environment.
And then the next step would be a kind of elevator music that people could somehow shape and manipulate in their living rooms or at home.
We talk about hyperinstruments that allow somebody to play a cello and then amplify their musicality so that it's not just a cello sound but many other sounds and musical that are under your control.
www.newmusicbox.com /first-person/oct99/interview8.html   (1193 words)

  Popular music - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In this respect, popular music differs from traditional folk music, which was created by ordinary people for their own enjoyment, and from classical music, which was originally created to serve the purposes of the Church or for the entertainment of the nobility.
As participatory music, "garage bands" are in a sense a resurrection of the old tradition of folk music, which in premodern times was composed and performed by ordinary people and transmitted exclusively by word of mouth.
The elevation of classical music to a position of special value is closely connected to the concept of a Western canon, and to theories of educational perennialism.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Popular_music   (1743 words)

 Elevator music: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Music is an art, entertainment, or other human activity which involves organized and audible sound, though definitions may vary....
Elevator music is also a term used disparagingly by jazz purists to describe smooth jazz smooth jazz quick summary:
World music is a term that covers all music that is not part of mainstream popular music or classical music and has some kind of "ethnic" component....
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/e/el/elevator_music.htm   (956 words)

 Elevator music - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Elevator music, also known as piped music or Muzak, refers to the gentle, bland instrumental arrangements of popular music designed for play in shopping malls, grocery stores, telephone systems (while the caller is on hold), cruise ships and elevators.
The term is also frequently applied as a generic term for any form of easy listening or MOR music, or to the type of recordings once commonly heard on "beautiful music" radio stations.
Elevator music is also a term used disparagingly by jazz purists to describe smooth jazz.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Elevator_music   (291 words)

 Background music - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Although background music was by the end of the 20th Century generally identified with Muzak or Elevator music there are several stages in the development of this concept:
The music was intended to be a background to the lady entertaining her lover in the other room.
Elevator music is a more general term indicating music that is played in rooms where many people come together (that is, with no intention whatsoever to listen to music).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Background_music   (485 words)

But go a step further and think of a piece of music as not necessarily something which has a beginning and an end, which you must sit down either at home or at a concert to listen to, as something that is an active part of your environment.
And then the next step would be a kind of elevator music that people could somehow shape and manipulate in their living rooms or at home.
We talk about hyperinstruments that allow somebody to play a cello and then amplify their musicality so that it's not just a cello sound but many other sounds and musical that are under your control.
www.newmusicbox.org /page.nmbx?id=06fp08   (1217 words)

 The Unknown Blogger: Changing The Elevator Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
"The accessibility of music has meant that it is taken for granted and does not require a deep emotional commitment once associated with music appreciation," said music psychologist Adrian North on Tuesday.
Music is a very intimate thing for me, and it would be tragic if I no longer had songs that reminded me of old flames or days gone by.
Music should become a part of you, and to think that it never does for some people is truly sad.
unknownblogger.blogspot.com /2006/01/changing-elevator-music_10.html   (437 words)

 Joseph Lanza: Elevator Music, University of Michigan Press
For a sound intended to be comforting, unobtrusive, and inoffensive, "elevator music"---i.e., easy listening, mood music, "Beautiful Music," and "Music by MuzakĀ®"---has ignited strong and often heated opinions.
Elevator Music confronts the criticisms of elites who say that elevator music is "dehumanizing" or less than music.
In a current climate where the noises are louder, and the background beats are ever more aggressive, this history of music intended as a pleasing background makes for a captivating read.
www.press.umich.edu /titleDetailDesc.do?id=8718   (310 words)

 Whole Earth Review: Elevator Music: A Surreal History of Muzak, Easy-Listening and Other Moodsong. - book reviews   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Joseph Lanza traces the history of elevator music, from Erik Satie's vision of Furniture Music, to the self-conscious Grunge Lite of Sara DeBell.
Elevator Music is a celebration of a uniquely American art form.
A man who has taken rock music to its most aggressive extremes, Nugent was savvy to reinforce his rowdy image by using Muzak as a scapegoat for all things uncool, unrebellious and (worst of all) unloud.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m1510/is_n84/ai_15958156   (331 words)

 elevator music - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about elevator music
Music recorded to strict psychological criteria for transmission in a variety of work environments in order to improve occupier or customer morale.
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This information should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional.
encyclopedia.farlex.com /elevator+music   (92 words)

 Amazon.ca: Elevator Music: A Surreal History of Muzak, Easy-Listening, and Other Moodsong: Books: Joseph Lanza   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Music was first used in elevators in 1922, Lanza claims, to sooth passengers fearful of the new machines.
It's tempting to say that elevator music has had its ups and down since it was developed by the Muzak Corporation in 1922 to calm the fears of passengers in the newly invented device.
Acclaimed author Lanza presents an informative and entertaining historical view of background music, from its beginnings in 1922 by a former Civil War general to alleviate the fears of passengers in the new-fangled "elevators," through its evolution from "lite" FM to New Age to movie soundtracks.
www.amazon.ca /Elevator-Music-Surreal-Easy-Listening-Moodsong/dp/product-description/0472089420   (900 words)

 Elevator Music from Royalty Free Music.com
Compilations of royalty free music and music for elevators representing every style, from classic to contemporary will enhance the upward and downward traveling experience for clients of all types of businesses or residents of high rises, and can create a special and memorable environment for individuals with a wide range of musical tastes.
And because all the elevator music available is royalty free music, building owners, professionals and all others in search of high quality and unique background music will pay a negligible fee for unlimited use of many types of music libraries.
The music for elevators on the numerous albums of royalty free music is perfect when used as background music in shopping malls, residential buildings, parking garages, large office buildings and any other location that would be complimented by the incorporation of beautifully-crafted elevator music.
www.royaltyfreemusic.com /elevator-music.htm   (500 words)

 EVIL ROBOTS: November 2003- Unboring Elevator Music
I'm not sure if the end result of this is that Elevator Music is nothing new and a bit bland, or that it's pure genius.
Much of Elevator Music sounds to me as if it was recorded in years past.
Elevator Music is still extremely contemporary sounding, despite Truby Trio's obvious familiarity with great music of the past.
www.evilrobots.com /Jambox/200311trubytrio.htm   (499 words)

 Elevator Music from the Royalty Free Music library
Elevator music doesn't have to be a joke in your company when it can easily be a motivating force for customers, fun programming for employees, and memorable to both.
Royalty free elevator music, also sometimes referred to as "buyout music," is an excellent avenue through which any company, small or large, can build a music library of high-quality, professional arranged and produced tracks for their elevator music or company needs.
Adding a buyout music catalog to your elevator music library allows you a far greater range of scoring choices without the legal and financial obligation of copyrighted music.
www.royaltyfreemusic.com /elevator-music.html   (516 words)

 Elevator Music
The music has a sort of jazz like sound to it and can be very soothing while heading up to the 56th floor.
Not only does the elevator music make the trip worth while, but it is also the whole environment of the elevator.
One elevator that doesn't need elevator music is the one at the Tower of Terror at Disney, mainly because it is more of a ride than an actual elevator.
www.fortunecity.com /bennyhills/sitcom/554/sounds_of_the_elevator.htm   (289 words)

 MuSICA Research Notes: V II, I 2, Fall 1995
Whether or not one agrees with this strategy, a comprehensive understanding of and appreciation for the roles of music demands that research determine all of the effects of music, both for informal exposure and in formal educational experiences.
But for now we should maintain an awareness of the powerful effects of music in the area of human emotions, for this may prove to be a key to understanding the universal existence and appeal of music.
Knowledge about music, the reasons for its universality, its numerous roles in the lives of children and adults, cultures and societies, is still relatively meager, particular compared to knowledge about other aspects of human behavior.
www.musica.uci.edu /mrn/V2I2F95.html   (4542 words)

 Elevator Music: A Surreal History of Muzak, Easy-Listening, and Other Moodsong... specs at MSN Shopping
For a musical genre that was supposed to offend no one, it has a lot of enemies.Musical cognoscenti decry its insipid content; regular folk -- if they notice -- bemoan its pervasiveness; while...
Mindful of the many voices, Joseph Lanza's Elevator Music sings seriously, with tongue in cheek, the praises of this venerable American institution.Lanza addresses the criticisms of elites who say that Muzak and its ilk are dehumanized, vapid, or cheesy.
These reactions, he argues, are based more on cultural prejudices than honest musical appraisal.Says Lanza, today's so-called mood music is the inheritor of a long tradition of mood-altering music stretching back to the ancients; Nero's fiddle and the sirens of Odysseus being two famous examples.
shopping.msn.com /specs/shp?itemId=2928709   (203 words)

 Eye - BOOKS: Elevator Music -- Joseph Lanza - 08.11.94   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
In Elevator Music, Joseph Lanza makes a good a case that our generally hostile attitudes towards background music are often unfair and ill-founded.
Actually, the history of that other Seattle sound is the most interesting part of Elevator Music, although their theories of productivity enhancement and mood control through aural wallpaper will send a chill deep into the romantic soul of any true music lover.
The downfall of Elevator Music is the exhaustive catalogue and accompanying description of '50s "mood music," that leaves me nearly as sleepy as listening to the records would.
www.eye.net /eye/issue/issue_08.11.94/ARTS/bo0811c.htm   (310 words)

 Andrew Baron: Elevator Music Box   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
This project was designed to create an isolated box which can be placed inside of an elevator to play dramatic sound designs based on the direction and altitude of an elevator.
The prototype model described below is currently calibrated for the south set elevators at 55 W 13th St, New York City which travels from the basement to floor 9.
A microprocessor chip is stamped with conditionals to determine the location of the elevator based on barometric pressure and then pulses are sent to trigger an mp3 player which, when amplified, plays out from a complex set of musical relationships to create a dramatic and playful experience for the unassuming passengers.
a.parsons.edu /~baron/elevator   (140 words)

 Elevator Music - Audcwiki   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Sending music to the workplace was in keeping with the vision that Squier had left for the company.
As Chief Signal Officer of the US Army Signal Corps, Squier used music to increase the productivity of his secretaries, Afterwards, he investigated ways to use music to recapture the benefits of pre-industrial song, in order to soothe the nerves of employees while increasing their output.
The idea of using music to improve an environment was not uncommon by the 1930s, when dentists used music to augment or even replace anesthetic.
www.audc.org /projects/index.php/Elevator_Music   (489 words)

 Halfbakery: Elevator Music While U Wait
In users, a neural implant is hardwired to the brain, and during periods of waiting or idleness, plays all your favorite elevator tunes.
Idle for passing the time by listening to elevator music while waiting in line, waiting for the bus, sitting on the toilet or yes, even standing in the elevator.
This sort of thing is mentioned in Neil Stephenson's "The Diamond Age" - the user uploads their favourite music and it's played back by direct stimulation of the bones in the head or something - I forget the details.
www.halfbakery.com /idea/Elevator_20Music_20While_20U_20Wait   (178 words)

 Background music - Wikiquote
Quotes about background music, often referred to as elevator music (for the common practice of playing this genre in elevators) or Muzak (a trademarked name of a company famous for supplying this music)
"I object to background music no matter how good it is. Composers want people to listen to their music, they don't want them doing something else while their music is on.
I'd like to get the guy who sold all those big businessmen the idea of putting music in the elevators, for he was really clever.
en.wikiquote.org /wiki/Elevator_music   (138 words)

 www.myspace.com/elevatormusicbigd   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
The good people at Elevator Music tend to view the same old thing as boring, and therefore not of any use in the today's society.
The Vision of Elevator Music is to simply elevate the world through sound.
Elevator Music wants to grow with the people, so the music will always strive to reach real people.
www.myspace.com /elevatormusicbigd   (747 words)

 Elevator Division + News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Everyone who heard Elevator Division knew there was something different about the music that set this band apart from the countless others.
Although, the entity of Elevator Division is no more, the spirit of Eldiv lives on through its former members' new projects.
Elevator Division's music continues to be heard and inspire.
www.elevatordivision.com   (182 words)

 Elevator Music..................NOT, created by Goxnadly and presented through ACIDplanet.com
I'm glad you ditched the elevator music thing because I think I would have had to emphatically disagree with you.
If it were elevator music, i.e., music illustrating what's happening with you in the elevator itself, I'd say this music fits either twisted, personal conversations, and then the weirdo in the corner you spot out of the corner of your eye..
Now, at 5:35, the music seems to illustrate the weird, but strange convo now being given by the weirdo in the corner and yourself...
www.acidplanet.com /artist.asp?PID=229870&t=1   (844 words)

 USATODAY.com - Muzak thinks outside the box   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
In the 1930s, as buildings grew taller and elevators became more prominent, Muzak was piped in to soothe the nerves of riders leery of the new contraptions.
The music is changed monthly, but the songs' order changes every day, so no two days are exactly the same.
And although there is an elevator in the building, it does not have a speaker.
www.usatoday.com /money/media/2004-08-05-muzak-cover_x.htm   (1942 words)

 World's End   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Although I started listening to music in the 1960s with such groups as the Beatles and the Beach Boys, I did not become a music connoisseur until the 1970s.
Their music even pervades today's elevators, presumably through some computer techno-metamorphism that takes out the rock but leaves in the roll.
The more progressive of my friends have not made the full switch to elevator music but now count jazz or country as their favorite.
www.departments.bucknell.edu /communications/BucknellWorld/1995-7/worldsend.html   (728 words)

 CD Baby: MR.SKIP(OF NARROWPATH): Elevator Music
This project is hip hop based with a lot of old samples from the 1940's to the 1970's and it covers a lot of genres in the 20 pieces of musical artwork I provided for u with an instumental twist to the music.
This project was called "choppin samples" because of the heavy chopped up samples that were used but over time as I heard the whole album in its entirety; the mood reminded me of being in an elevator waiting to go to the next level.
Elevator music takes your mind body and soul to the next level in which it may do the same for Mr Skip.
cdbaby.com /cd/mrskipnarrowpath   (441 words)

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