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

Author: Joseph Lanza
Publisher: Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. and expanded ed., New edView all editions and formats
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"With an arsenal of historical anecdotes and facts, Joseph Lanza sings seriously, with healthy doses of humor and wit, the praises of this misunderstood musical genre. Lanza traces mood music's mystifying presence from the mind-altering sirens who lured Odysseus to the harp David played to soothe King Saul, but the tale gets more intriguing in the early twentieth century, with Erik Satie's "furniture music"  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Lanza
ISBN: 0472089420 9780472089420
OCLC Number: 52876562
Description: xii, 329 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Probing the Jell-O --
Lullabies from heaven and hell: mood music's antiquity --
The "canned" avant-garde --
Umbilical chords: the birth of Muzak --
The push-button ballroom: mood music and early radio --
Ghosts in the elevator --
Emotional archives: background music in the movies --
The moodiest years on record --
Mermaids after midnight --
Cathedralized classics --
Sizzle & suds --
Keyboards by candlelight --
Supermarket symphonette --
Gregorian cocktail --
Mai-tai melodies and the world of "queasy listening" --
That sex-behind-the-gauze sound --
World music originals: the 101 strings and the mystic moods orchestra --
Walls talk! --
"Beautiful music": the rise of easy-listening FM --
Violins from space --
Metarock --
Elevator noir --
Who's hearing things? --
The new sound of 1984 --
Channeling the phantom band --
Revised, expanded, annotated, and selective discography.
Responsibility: Joseph Lanza.

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For a musical genre that was supposed to offend no one, elevator music has a lot of enemies. Mindful of the many voices, Joseph Lanza's Elevator Music sings seriously, with tongue in cheek, the  Read more...

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Snobby musicologists ignore this fascinating topic, but I learned a lot while being well-entertained by Lanza's delightful book." -Wendy Carlos, composer, soundtracks for A Clockwork Orange and The Read more...

 
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