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Triple Entendre – Furniture Music, Muzak, Muzak-Plus - Illinois Scholarship Online
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Triple Entendre: Furniture Music, Muzak, Muzak-Plus

Hervé Vanel


This book discusses the rise and spread of background music in contexts as diverse as office workplaces, shopping malls, and musical performance. The book examines background music in several guises, including Erik Satie's “Furniture Music” of the late 1910s and early 1920s, which first demonstrated the idea of a music not meant to be listened to, and the Muzak Corporation's commercialized ambient music that became a predominant feature of modern life in the 1940s. Different kinds of music were developed to encourage or incite greater productivity in the workplace, more energetic shopping, or ... More

Keywords: background music, workplace, shopping malls, musical performance, Erik Satie, Muzak Corporation, ambient music, John Cage, composer

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780252037993
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037993.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hervé Vanel, author
Brown University

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