Muzak: on functional music and power

Jones, Simon and Schumacher, Thomas (1992) Muzak: on functional music and power. Critical Studies in Mass Communication, 9 (2). pp. 156-169.

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Abstract

This paper examines the phenomenon of “functional music” and its evolution as a social technology in the control and regulation of work, consumption, and public space. It argues that the practices of functional music articulate some of the characteristic ways in which power is exercised in capitalist societies and, moreover, that changes in the functional music industry indicate wider structural shifts in capitalism toward “post-Fordist” regimes of production and consumption. Through an analysis of the history, forms, and discourses of functional music, this paper examines the cultural and political significance of these transformations.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Functional Music, Muzak, Power, Post-Fordism
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Media
Item ID: 17708
Depositing User: Simon Jones
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2015 16:24
Last Modified: 31 May 2019 07:06
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/17708

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