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How To Succeed In Music Without Really Trying

Posted by Phoeniceus on Wednesday, March 24, 2010

My newest brilliant idea. There is an enormous market for "easy listening" music - grocery stores, medical waiting rooms, bank lobbies, car repair seating areas. It's function is to lull you into complacency so time passes without you noticing and you don't mind waiting.

Now conside the opposite - places like city parks taken over by skateboard punks, train depots that attract graffiti artists, unlit alleys where drug dealers work. What property owners need is a speaker system that plays "difficult listening" music. Music that distracts, that repels, that says, "You are not wanted here. Go away!"

And I believe we can create such music.

How about 12-tone bluegrass? Or Cajun played in Lydian mode? Heck, we could just live stream some of my practice sessions. I'm sure there are enough recordings of Angeline the Baker on the internet to fill a 12 hour loop track.

I think there is a lot of money to be made here.

6 comments on “How To Succeed In Music Without Really Trying”

BC Says:
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 @2:33:37 PM

So elementary... and yet so BRILLIANT!

bj Says:
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 @3:04:06 PM

I think you're on to something.

fiddleiphile Says:
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 @6:40:27 PM

I'm in! hell I can lull anybody to sleep with my repetoire already. The next logical step for me is to tell them I don't want them to listen! (you SURE we can make money!) 12 tone bluegrass..... COOL! But I prefer a simple Dorian minor mode. If you can't make em' shed tears and run with that ...Practice!

musekatcher Says:
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 @7:28:03 PM

I recall a few years ago, a product to run off teens who loiter on sidewalks outside stores. It was a variety of higher pitched noise that older adults were less sensitized to, and - classical music! The results were positive.

robinja Says:
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 @7:56:35 PM

Funny! I am in a training class this week, and they have been playing music during breaks and lunch. Yesterday it was some kind of salsa music. Today, the speakers weren't cooperating, and I happened to have a memory stick with some music on it, so I cranked up some music on my PC. I think much of it would have been co-worker repellant, and I had to choose carefully. The cajun tunes went over well until the singing started. Couldn't play any Skillet Lickers because I was afraid I might forget about some politically incorrect lyrics. I played some Clyde Davenport, Reel Time Travelers, and Balfa Brothers. All in all, I'm not sure that I brought any new fans to old time music. Oh, well, I enjoyed it anyway!

fiddledan Says:
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @7:01:48 AM

7-11 found that playing classical music worked for them.

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