6.01.2014

Anti-Muzak - Bz Akira Santjago



Nel film tedesco Decoder, FM (componente del gruppo Einsturzende Neubauten) scopre che all’interno della catena di fast-food “H-Burger”, viene diffusa della musica (Muzak) che condiziona fortemente i comportamenti e i gusti dei giovani avventori. Sconcertato, registra e studia le caratteristiche di questa musica ma è solo dopo gli incontri con William Burroughs e i pirati della comunicazione guidati da Genesis P.Orridge, che FM riesce a “decodificarla” e a produrre un “Anti-Muzak” che induca la gente a ribellarsi al potere. I servizi segreti e la stessa multinazionale degli hamburger iniziano a braccare minacciosamente il fastidioso pirata, il quale nel frattempo diffonde, aiutato dalla sua posse, la musica della rivolta.

We openly declared we are inventing an anti-muzak that, instead of cushioning the sounds of a factory environment, made use of those very sounds to create rhythmic patterns and structures that incorporated the liberating effects of music by unexpected means. This approach is diametrically opposed to the position of official muzak, as supplied by the Muzak Corporation of America. Their intention is to disguise stress, to control and direct human activity in order to generate maximum productivity and minimum discontent.

..because music is art, but Muzak is science. And when you employ the science of Muzak: in an office, workers tend to get more done, more efficiently, and feel happier. In an industrial plant, people feel better and, with less fatigue and tension, their jobs seem less monotonous. In a store, people seem to shop in a more relaxed and leisurely manner. In a bank, customers are generally more calm, tellers and other personnel are more efficient. In general, people feel better about where they are; whether it's during work or leisure time. Muzak is all this and more. That's why we say Muzak is much more than music...