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  The Straight Dope: Where does Muzak come from, anyway?
Muzak is recorded by studio musicians, so the smart aleck in us is inclined to agree that a lot of it is produced under the influence of drugs.
The 16th channel, the Environmental Channel, is closest to the Muzak of old, with familiar tunes re-recorded to lose the vocals and any excessively edgy instrumentals.
Muzak maestros are masters of subtle manipulation--which has some people worried.
www.straightdope.com /classics/a1_317.html   (459 words)

Muzak arrangements feature steady tempo, steady solo-tutti relationship, uninterrupted phrase-continuity, smooth joins between sections, absence of dramatic highs or sudden silences, and a definite beginning and end to each item (rather than the expressive or impressionistic fade-out effects of commercial recordings).
Muzak moreover regards itself as 'a technique of contemporary management,' and therefore not a medium of art or entertainment.
He also sees in Muzak the seed of a general dulling of aesthetic sensitivity, whereby the inescapable exposure to its quasi-music could make unwary ears gradually less and less receptive to the conscious listening experiences not only of true art- and entertainment-music but also of the natural environment.
www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com /index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=U1ARTU0002525   (780 words)

Muzak is a trademark name invented in 1922 by Major General George O. Squier when he patented a system for the transmission and distribution of background music from phonograph records over electrical lines to workplaces.
Muzak became immensely popular during the 1930s when studies were released showing that playing it in offices and factories would improve productivity.
For decades, it was common for FM radio stations to lease a portion of their bandwidth to Muzak and carry the audio on a subcarrier that can't be decoded by an ordinary radio.
www.xasa.com /wiki/en/wikipedia/m/mu/muzak.html   (587 words)

 IPod Muzak Isn't Same Old Song
IPod DJ Adam Porter holds up his iPod, which is loaded with Cue Sound Design set lists.
Music entrepreneurs are using Apple's iPod to put a new spin on old-fashioned Muzak.
Muzak is the biggest of several music providers in the United States, and the company that loaned its name to the background music played in supermarkets, malls and elevators the world over.
www.wired.com /news/mac/0,2125,59270,00.html   (810 words)

To understand the wider implications of Muzak, background music and anti-noise, it is necessary to return for a moment to their root - 'pure' music - and attempt a definition.
Muzak remains outside categorisation because of its function and its structure.
As in the case of Muzak, the potency of human perception is suppressed.
media.hyperreal.org /zines/est/articles/muzak.html   (3193 words)

Muzak is a trademark name made-up in 1922 by General George Squier[?] when he patented a system for the transmission and distribution of background music[?] from phonograph records over electical lines to workplaces.
While the term Muzak is the trademarked name of the transmission system, is soon became associated with the music being played too.
Over time, the Muzak style has become more sophisticated, with selections depending on where the music was being played and the purpose the music is trying to achieve.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/mu/Muzak.html   (400 words)

The Muzak corporation call themselves "specialists in the physiological and psychological effects and applications of music", and they draw on the historical use of frequency, as well as the research work of founder Dan O'Neill, to create a "programmed environment for applications in offices, factories, banks and shops".
This might seem to suggest that Muzak and background music would either intrude completely or not be heard at all in any meaningful sense of the word, but more recent studies have challenged the "filter theory" in various ways.
To understand the wider implications of Muzak, background music and anti-noise, it is necessary to return for a moment to their root - 'pure' music - and attempt a definition.
www.hyperreal.org /intersection/zines/est/articles/muzak.html   (3193 words)

 Muzak   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Eine als Muzak ihrer Substanz entleerte Pseudomusik konnte vor dieser Rezeptionshaltung nicht bestehen und verkehrte sich sogar in ihr Gegenteil: Statt besänftigend und ausgleichend zu wirken, erschuf Muzak-Gedudel aufgrund der unbefriedigten ästhetischen Erwartungshaltung der Rezipienten nun sogar Aggressionen.
Muzak wird aber auch – insbesondere in den USA oder in Kanada – im öffentlichen Raum eingesetzt, um Passanten psychoakustisch (etwa aggressionshemmend) zu beeinflussen.
Muzak wird entweder gezielt für einen bestimmten Einsatzzweck produziert, oder es handelt sich um Musik, die mit einer anderen Motivation komponiert wurde, aber nach entsprechender Arrangierung als Muzak eingesetzt wird.
www.jenskleemann.de /wissen/bildung/wikipedia/m/mu/muzak.html   (1077 words)

 Muzak Heart & Soul Battle of the Bands - Sonicbids
Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation is proud to sponsor a Battle of the Bands for Charlotte, NC and surrounding counties.
Muzak Heart and Soul Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to redefining and expanding the scope of music education.
Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation is based in the Charlotte, NC area and decided that it was time to reach the extremely talented teens within the area.
www.sonicbids.com /Opportunity/OpportunityView.aspx?opportunity_id=10292&account_id=&feature_id=   (381 words)

 BBC - h2g2 - Muzak: Past, Present, and Future
Muzak is any music appropriated by a business, and played on the premises of that business, to make itself more inviting to consumers.
Muzak is a form of hellish torture which employers use to keep employees in line...
Muzak apologists counter that there is nothing inherently manipulative about music that soothes or excites, and that the customer, in the end, decides for himself whether or not to buy.
www.bbc.co.uk /dna/h2g2/A497856   (1332 words)

 Muzak On Hold Advertising, Marketing Messages & Voice Talent
Muzak on hold phone marketing can help you keep callers on the line while becoming a seamless component of your total marketing efforts.
Muzak's team of professionals can help you discover and define your unique brand, and then translate that brand into an effective on hold advertising campaign that delivers excellent return on investment.
Muzak on hold advertising can be used as a stand-alone, or as one component of a holistic Audio Branding campaign.
voice.muzak.com /solutions/onhold/onhold_advertise.aspx   (678 words)

 USATODAY.com - Muzak thinks outside the box   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Muzak creates programming for businesses that want to get their message out while customers are on hold on the phone or are browsing or waiting in line in a store.
Although Muzak does not consider satellite radio firms to be a threat to its business, Starbucks signed a deal this week with XM Satellite Radio.
Muzak doesn't plan to enter the consumer market to compete with firms such as XM Satellite Radio, instead choosing to focus on commercial clients.
www.usatoday.com /money/media/2004-08-05-muzak-cover_x.htm   (1919 words)

 2wice: VISUAL \ CULTURE \ DOCUMENT   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Muzak became a generic term, like vaseline or kleenex, but while this was a measure of the functional success of the idea, it wasn't a compliment.
Muzak came to mean music that was surplus to requirement, music you could happily live without.
In Europe, in the 1990s, Muzak's focus is less on the site of production (music in the workplace never took hold to the degree that it did in the US) than on the point of consumption - shops, bars, restaurants and fitness centers - but the motivating effect is much the same.
www.2wice.org /issues/uniform/muza.html   (1061 words)

 Annals of Culture: The Soundtrack of Your Life: The New Yorker   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Muzak sells about a hundred prepackaged programs and several hundred customized ones, and only one—“Environmental”—truly fits the stereotype.
Muzak’s corporate headquarters are in Fort Mill, South Carolina.
She has spent many hours behind hers, listening to hundreds of songs and thinking about how best to employ music to further the marketing ambitions of the hundred or so clients she manages at once.
www.newyorker.com /printables/fact/060410fa_fact   (1092 words)

 muzak fcc | our clients
The staff is always knowledgeable, courteous, and responds to any problem that may arise.
Music by MUZAK creates a warm and welcoming environment for our customers.
Muzak and its logo are registered trademarks of Muzak, LLC
www.muzakfcc.com /customer.htm   (537 words)

 History of Muzak Part 2 Work Productivity and Muzak
According to MUZAK engineers, the average worker arrives at his job each morning in a fairly good mood, but that mood gradually dissipates until it hits a low between the hours of 10 and 11 in the morning.
Thus, MUZAK moves from "moderate" to "bright" during the 1st work cycle, into mild and restful for the lunch period, and on into a brighter "moderate" to "bright" for the final work period.
Of 105 subscribing companies, 86.4% confessed MUZAK "helped them in their work." As MUZAK's aim is to stimulate, not to entertain, its programmers shy away from vocals and tunes with an emotional identification, such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, or the Internationale.
www.trivia-library.com /a/history-of-muzak-part-2-work-productivity-and-muzak.htm   (380 words)

 History of Muzak Part 1 William B. Benton Invents Muzak
MUZAK is heard in General Motors, Texaco, Procter and Gamble, the Bronx Zoo, Bank of America, F. Woolworth, the Houston Astrodome, Laurel Race Track.
Elsewhere in the world, MUZAK is heard in the insurance firm Lloyd's of London, in a 39-story high-rise cemetery in Rio de Janeiro, in dozens of organizations in Tokyo, in Helsinki, in Brussels, in Manila, in Madrid, in Mexico City.
MUZAK is heard in Outer Space--Neil Armstrong had it piped in to him before he set foot on the moon.
www.trivia-library.com /a/history-of-muzak-part-1-william-b-benton-invents-muzak.htm   (452 words)

Achtergrondmuziek, ofwel muzak, is te horen in horeca en winkels.
Muzak dient de koopdrift van bezoekers aan te wakkeren en vergroot het gevoel van veiligheid in bijvoorbeeld parkeergarages.
De naam is afkomstig van Muzak Limited Partnership uit Seattle in de VS. Dit is wereldwijd het grootste bedrijf in `business music` en heeft 250.000 klanten en een omzet van 700 miljoen dollar per jaar.
www.mkbnet.nl /MKB_Nieuws/80.13662   (202 words)

 Nationaal Pop Instituut
Muzak is gebruiksmuziek: het moet functioneren in plaats van entertainen.
Muzak bestaat uit klanken waarvan in wetenschappelijk onderzoek is aangetoond dat ze een stimulerende werking op de mens hebben.
Aangetoond is dat mensen rustiger en meer consumeren in winkels waar muzak wordt afgespeeld.
www.popinstituut.nl /genre/muzak.4345.html   (230 words)

 MUZAK : Encyclopedia Entry
Muzak Holdings LLC is a company, founded in 1934, that is best known for distribution of music to retail stores and other companies.
The word "Muzak" has, in popular usage, broken free from its corporate parent and become a catchall generic term (often pejoratively applied) for easy listening, MOR, or elevator music—or, indeed, for any type of banal, derivative, or repetitive music.
"Muzak" is also used as a synonym for ambient music, or to describe any music used to fill 'aural space' in corporate situations, such as "on hold" music in telephone queues.
www.bibleocean.com /OmniDefinition/Muzak   (554 words)

 Muzak Shines Spotlight on Music :: Mon, 31 Jan 2005, 15:35:00 GMT
CHARLOTTE, NC /Send2Press Newswire/ -- Muzak (www.muzak.com) announced today that they are incorporating a special events and holiday calendar into their core programming lineup.
Muzak Spotlight will feature select artists on various days throughout the year, using music as a means to celebrate important events and pay tribute to influential bands and musicians.
Muzak is the leading provider of music, on-hold messaging, and sound system design and installation for businesses.
www.send2press.com /newswire/print/news_2005-01-0131-001.shtml   (442 words)

 The Condition of Muzak - Michael Moorcock
The Condition of Muzak, the summa, is the final, and most successful part of the tetralogy, with Moorcock going the farthest and the deepest.
By the time of The Condition of Muzak civilization -- particularly English civilization of the 1960s and 70s, out of which Moorcock writes -- is dead, and Moorcock translates this spiritual deadness into a full-blown apocalyptic vision in his novel.
The Condition of Muzak is all post-apocalyptic vision, but that past isn't that easy to wash away, even with destruction on such a grand scale.
www.complete-review.com /reviews/moorcock/cmuzak.htm   (623 words)

 Encyklopedia - muzak
Firma Muzak powstała na bazie przedsiębiorstwa "Wired Radion Inc" powstałego w 1934 i zajmującego się produkcją i instalacją kablowego radia.
Współcześnie muzak obok instrumentów akustycznych powszechnie używa instrumentów elektronicznych i często jest mylony z muzyką New Age.
Muzak zdobył pewną popularność poza swym naturalnym środowiskiem, od kiedy CD z muzakiem oferowane są po bardzo niskich cechach w sprzedaży detalicznej w sklepach spożywczych, drogeriach itp.
wiki.luman.biz /muzak   (179 words)

 BandRadio - Orchard And Muzak Join Forces To Bring Cutting-Edge Music To 100 Million Listeners Per Day
Muzak CEO Stephen Villa commented: "Over the past decade, we have broadened our Audio Architecture services to reflect the increasingly varied nature of our clientele.
"Muzak is ubiquitous: In terms of scale, you can't top 100 million listeners per day in hundreds of thousands of locations," said Greg Scholl, chief executive of The Orchard.
Muzak issues $35 million in royalties annually, as it promotes artists from its library of more than 2 million tracks.
www.bandradio.com /news/indie_music_news/_orchard_and_muzak_join_forces_to_bring_cutting-edge_music_to_100_million_listeners_per_day   (709 words)

 Muzak of Toledo - Who We Are
With over 50 years of experience in the northwestern Ohio area, Muzak of Toledo's long reputation in the business music and commercial sound industries properly gives you security of decision in your selection of a sound and communications company.
The Muzak parent company is the oldest and largest provider of these services worldwide, having done so since the mid-1930's.
Muzak increases employees' productivity, creativity, problem-solving abilities, and concentration, and generates revenue through increased customer sales.
www.muzakoftoledo.com /who.html   (250 words)

 The Harvard Crimson :: News :: Muzak Misery
It was basic Muzak -- a cheerful scampering over the "Saturday Morning" melody with a saccharine string and brass ensemble.
Loud, brassy and energetic, the Muzak rendition of this old instrumental number was nearly as impressive as "Take a Letter to Maria." Both came close to not sounding like Muzak at all -- a high compliment indeed.
Upstairs, because of the openness and noise, the Muzak is piped over bullhorn speakers at a louder volume.
www.thecrimson.com /article.aspx?ref=140295   (859 words)

 Muzak - Wikipedia w kroliki.com 07
muzak - muzyka, produkt firmy Muzak lub podobna.
Muzak jest używana do odtwarzania w miejscach publicznych takich jak: supermarkety, dworce, poczekalnie lekarskie, restauracje, windy itp.
Muzak zdobył pewną popularność poza swym naturalnym środowiskiem, od kiedy CD z muzakiem oferowane są po bardzo niskich cenach w sprzedaży detalicznej w sklepach spożywczych, drogeriach itp.
www.kroliki.com /wiki/link-Muzak   (155 words)

Muzak, a name synonymous with syrupy, go-nowhere elevator music, has reinvented itself to take advantage of music's useful ubiquity.
Muzak consultants sit down with companies like Applebee's and LensCrafters and listen to their ideas of what they want to communicate about their brand image.
Muzak then selects a specialized music program that helps "tell" the company's "story" and, as a result, enhance the consumer experience.
www.gnutella.com /news/17140   (1441 words)

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