Sam Kidel ‎– Disruptive Muzak

The Death Of Rave ‎– RAVE014
Vinyl, LP, Stereo, Clear Vinyl


A Disruptive Muzak 20:44
B Disruptive Muzak (DIY) 20:44


Initial copies on clear vinyl.

This piece came about during a research project into Muzak in 2015. The Muzak Corporation (recently rebranded as Mood Media) desings background music that can be used by businesses, factories, shopping centres or government offices to ensure that employees, clients and members of the puplic are upbeat and co-operative. Research by the Muzak Corporation found that Muzak must sound familiar, predictable, and non-disruptive to be effective.
Drawing from this research, I composed a series of pieces that I call Disruptive Muzak. These pieces share a similar sound palette to Muzak, but their structure is less familiar, less predictable and more disruptive. To test these compositions I called up government offices that use Muzak in their telephone queues and played them down the phone instead of my voice. The music I played and the officials' responses were recorded and assembled into the piece that you hear on Side A. Side B contains the music only, that can be used to DIY.

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RAVE014 Sam Kidel Disruptive Muzak(LP) The Death Of Rave RAVE014 UK 2016 Sell This Version
RAVE014 Sam Kidel Disruptive Muzak(2xFile, MP3, 320) The Death Of Rave RAVE014 UK 2016
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February 8, 2017
this guy totally ripped off Brandon Locher on this release -, his "Conversations" experiment.


April 28, 2016
edited over 3 years ago
Very interesting and unique piece of conceptual sound art. Truly gets you into a dreamy state of reflection about the plight of callcenter agents. You feel the eternal redundancy and almost surreal monotony of their profession, and it translates well into a state of relaxed ennui. While this record feels strangely empty, like a spare room without any personality, it's always encouraging and friendly. Actually, the cover artwork captures this peculiar atmosphere perfectly, with it's evocation of carefree home computing, Windows95 wallpapers and hotline boredom. It all amounts to a coherent and fascinating release, with a very different kind of peaceful ambient bliss. That's especially true for the B-Side, which omits the voice recordings, yet still vividly conveys the conceptual flair.