The Day the Muzak Died?

So normally riding in the elevator is either chit chat with co-workers, maybe a bit of small talk with someone you recognize from the building, or that “let’s all stare at the floor” elevator silence. But today, a man got in a few floors down from me. There were two of us already in the elevator – doing the “let’s stare at the floor” thing, and the new guy that gets in is chewing on a mint or hard candy or something. And in that elevator silence – it was really really loud. I had to stifle my 12-year-old giggle – and then comment to my fellow rider after the chewer got off… “I wonder why they don’t have elevator music anymore?”

So Muzak has offices here in Portland – I used to work near them out by the airport. And not that I’m dying to hear an orchestral version of American Idiot, but I wonder why elevators don’t have elevator music anymore?

4 Comments so far

  1. clevergirl on April 10th, 2008 @ 1:59 pm

    My building’s elevators certainly don’t have music. Then again, I’m usually in there with my ‘phones in, anyhow, so at least I’m getting some entertainment even if those around me aren’t.


  2. tODD (stadler) on April 10th, 2008 @ 5:00 pm

    I’m pretty certain my building’s* elevator doesn’t have Muzak because it pre-dates the concept. Not that it’s old and cool or anything — more that it’s old and slow and potentially dangerous. And always has a certificate that’s expired. I take the stairs.

    While I’d love to hear an orchestral version of American Idiot, I personally think elevators should only play an orchestral version of "The Girl from Ipanema" on loop.

    *The Haseltine, where SW E-San is, if you care


  3. fooddude on April 10th, 2008 @ 10:48 pm

    Probably because the building has to pay for muzak. It’s not free.


  4. superinkygrrl on April 11th, 2008 @ 9:57 am

    How funny. I was just in an elevator with a loud mint sucker myself the other day. GROSS. Have they no conscious, these shameless loud mint suckers?



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