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Elevator music, also known as lift music (in the UK), piped music or muzak, refers to the gentle, bland instrumental arrangements of popular music designed for play in shopping malls, grocery stores, department stores, telephone systems (while the caller is on hold), cruise ships, airports, doctors' and dentists' offices, and of course, elevators. The term is also frequently applied as a generic term for any form of Easy Listening, Smooth Jazz, or MOR music, or to the type of recordings once commonly heard on "beautiful music" radio stations. Muzak Holdings LLC is a company, founded in 1934, that is best known for distribution of music to retail stores and other companies. ... An instrumental is, in contrast to a song, a musical composition or recording without lyrics or any other sort of vocal music; all of the music is produced by musical instruments. ... Popular music is music belonging to any of a number of musical styles that are accessible to the general public and are disseminated by one or more of the mass media. ... // Music is an art form consisting of sound and silence expressed through time. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... This Flagship Randalls store in Houston, Texas is an example of a supermarket. ... The interior of a typical Macys department store. ... For other uses, see Telephone (disambiguation). ... Music on hold (MOH) refers to the business practice of playing pre-recorded music to fill the silence that would be heard by telephone callers that have been placed on hold. ... Pacific Sky sails under Sydney Harbour Bridge A cruise ship or a cruise liner is a passenger ship used for pleasure voyages, where the voyage itself and the ships amenities are considered an essential part of the experience. ... A set of lifts in the lower level of a London Underground station. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Middle of the Road was a Scottish pop group who enjoyed great success across Europe in the early 1970s. ... Beautiful music (sometimes abbreviated as BM / EZ) is a mostly-instrumental music format that was prominent in American radio from the 1960s through the 1980s. ...


The Muzak corporation is perhaps the best-known supplier of such music. In fact, the term muzak has become a generic epithet for excessively bland music. However, the Muzak Corporation moved away from this type of image, for the most part, in 1997, [1] and now uses only "original artists" for its music source, except on the Environmental channel.[1] Muzak Holdings LLC is a company, founded in 1934, that is best known for distribution of music to retail stores and other companies. ... A genericized trademark, generic trade mark, generic descriptor, or proprietary eponym, is a trademark or brand name which has become the colloquial or generic description for a particular class of product or service. ... An epithet (Greek - επιθετον and Latin - epitheton; literally meaning imposed) is a descriptive word or phrase. ...


"Elevator music" is also a term used disparagingly by jazz purists to describe smooth jazz.[citation needed] This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ...

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Elevator music in popular culture

  • The film The Blues Brothers provides an example of elevator music in use. The Brothers ride an elevator while a soft music version of "The Girl from Ipanema" plays in the background, contrasting humourously with the noisy scene of a massive police and national guard force in pursuit.
  • The above The Blues Brothers scene is also briefly parodied in an episode of The Simpsons.
  • The music video for the Foo Fighters' song "Learn to Fly" has an elevator music version of the song "Everlong" (another song by the Foo Fighters) playing at the beginning and end of the video.
  • The music video for the Foo Fighters' song "Monkey Wrench" has an elevator music version of the song "Big Me" (another song by the Foo Fighters) playing while Dave Grohl rides an elevator. The song was chosen because Grohl thought it particularly uplifting.[citation needed]
  • The music video for the Midtown' song "Give It Up" has an elevator music version of the song "Give It Up" (The same song by Midtown playing when Gabe Saporta enters the mini-mart)
  • The music video for the band Travis's song Closer features a muzak version of the same song, while Ben Stiller's character walks into the supermarket where the band is playing.
  • An issue of The Amazing Spider-Man mentions the character Ezekiel having an elevator music version of "Helter Skelter" play in his office buildings, as it "keeps the employees on their toes."
  • The popular online game Disney's Toontown Online has memorizable elevator music in cog elevators.
  • In the video game "Conker's Bad Fur Day" right after Conker escaped from the robotic mines in Tediz's base, by getting into the elevator. He asks himself if it could go any worse, to find that the elevator has music to his digust.

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References

  1. ^ Encompass LE Program Listing. Muzak Corporation (November 10 2006). Retrieved on April 19, 2007.

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Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Wikiquote is a sister project of Wikipedia, using the same MediaWiki software. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Furniture music, or musique d’ameublement, was French avant-garde composer Erik Saties theory of minimalist background 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. ... Toontown Online (more commonly known as Toontown) is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game created by The Walt Disney Company and billed as the first such game intended for kids and families. ...

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