Even though it seems like I have been doing nothing on my blog over the last few days I have actually been quite busy. I have several posts saved in draft but I keep finding information to add to them and they just aren’t quite ready to come out of the cooker. I have also done at least four new pieces of art but haven’t had time to post those yet either. I decided this would be a good time for some “Art Muzac” (see one of the official definitions of Muzac from Wikipedia below). Let’s say it’s art that is kind of like a placeholder. Not something to get to excited about, just something you could look at and mull over while you are “chillin.” I’m going to revisit some photos that I hand colored (yes, printed out in black and white and then colored by hand). these were in some of my earliest post since I started blogging back in February of 2010. So while you are browsing various blogs if you see something too stimulating or exciting you can always come back here and relax while watching my “Art Muzak.”
Muzac or Elevator Music as defined by Wikipedia:
Elevator music (also known as Muzak, piped music, weather music or lift music) refers to instrumental arrangements of popular music designed for playing in shopping malls, grocery stores, department stores, telephone systems (while the caller is on hold), cruise ships, airports, doctors’ and dentists’ offices, and elevators. The term is also frequently applied as a generic term for any form of easy listening, smooth jazz, or middle of the road music, or to the type of recordings commonly heard on “beautiful music” radio stations.
This style of music is sometimes used to comedic effect in mass media such as film, where intense or dramatic scenes may be interrupted or interspersed with such anodyne music while characters use an elevator (e.g. The Blues Brothers, Dawn of the Dead, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra and Spider-Man 2).
The Muzak Holdings Corporation is a major supplier of business background music, and was the best known such supplier for years. Since 1997 Muzak has used original artists for its music source, except on the Environmental channel.
Elevator music is typically set to a very simple melody, so that it can be unobtrusively looped back to the beginning. In a mall or shopping center, elevator music of a specific type has been found to have a psychological effect: slower, more relaxed music tends to make people slow down and browse longer. Elevator music may also be preferred over broadcast radio stations due to the lack of lyrics and commercial interruptions.
Have a happy and stress free day!
(as always all artwork and articles are copyrighted by
Texas Artist/Artisan Sherry Key, unless otherwise noted)
Other articles I think might have to do with the topic “Muzak”
- Death to Muzak: Roqbot Raises $1.2M from Google Ventures and Others for Better Background Music (betabeat.com)
- Pipe Music (slavesincstrip.com)
- Daily Video: Flatbush Zombies “Face – Off” (english.mashkulture.net)