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The Resource Elevator music : a surreal history of Muzak, easy-listening, and other moodsong, Joseph Lanza

Elevator music : a surreal history of Muzak, easy-listening, and other moodsong, Joseph Lanza

Label
Elevator music : a surreal history of Muzak, easy-listening, and other moodsong
Title
Elevator music
Title remainder
a surreal history of Muzak, easy-listening, and other moodsong
Statement of responsibility
Joseph Lanza
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Elevator music, a style that has maligned, misunderstood, or simply ignored, is here, for the first time, vindicated, explored, and exposed as the ectoplasm that soothes, haunts, and holds our world. Acclaimed author Joseph Lanza covers every elevator music incarnation: the Aeolian strains of antiquity, Gregorian chant, Erik Satie's "furniture music," Muzak, easy-listening, New Age, and "elevator noir." Emerging as the elevator music conservatory is Muzak Corporation (started in the twenties by a former World War brigadier general), which helped set tone for music's role in today's electronic superhighway. Not cultivated by a distinct aesthetic school, elevator music evolved partly by accident as it permeated many previously distinct musical genres and became postindustrial life's most authentic art form. Through in-depth discussion and interviews with such seemingly diverse composer/arrangers as Ray Conniff and Angelo Badalamenti, Elevator Music demonstrates how this moodsong (besides playing in elevators) elevates moods and induces a gravity-free vantage point, where life (like the movies) has soundtracks
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lanza, Joseph
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • discographies
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Muzak (Trademark)
  • Environmental music
  • Music, Influence of
  • Music
Label
Elevator music : a surreal history of Muzak, easy-listening, and other moodsong, Joseph Lanza
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-265), discography (pages 234-254) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Probing the Jell-O -- 2. Lullabies from Heaven and Hell: Mood Music's Antiquity -- 3. The "Canned" Avant-Garde -- 4. Umbilical Chords: The Birth of Muzak -- 5. The Push-Button Ballroom: Mood Music and Early Radio -- 6. Ghosts in the Elevator -- 7. Emotional Archives: Background Music in the Movies -- 8. The Moodiest Years on Record -- 9. World Music Originals: The 101 Strings and the Mystic Moods Orchestra -- 10. Walls Talk! -- 11. "Beautiful Music": The Rise of Easy-Listening FM -- 12. Violins from Space -- 13. Elevator Noir -- 14. Metarock -- 15. Who's Hearing Things? -- 16. Global Theming
Control code
29359746
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
viii, 280 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780312105402
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Elevator music : a surreal history of Muzak, easy-listening, and other moodsong, Joseph Lanza
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-265), discography (pages 234-254) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Probing the Jell-O -- 2. Lullabies from Heaven and Hell: Mood Music's Antiquity -- 3. The "Canned" Avant-Garde -- 4. Umbilical Chords: The Birth of Muzak -- 5. The Push-Button Ballroom: Mood Music and Early Radio -- 6. Ghosts in the Elevator -- 7. Emotional Archives: Background Music in the Movies -- 8. The Moodiest Years on Record -- 9. World Music Originals: The 101 Strings and the Mystic Moods Orchestra -- 10. Walls Talk! -- 11. "Beautiful Music": The Rise of Easy-Listening FM -- 12. Violins from Space -- 13. Elevator Noir -- 14. Metarock -- 15. Who's Hearing Things? -- 16. Global Theming
Control code
29359746
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
viii, 280 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780312105402
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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