Elevator musicElevator music
, also known as piped music
, refers to the gentle, bland arrangements of popular music
designed for play in shopping
malls, grocery stores, telephone
systems (while the caller is on hold), and, of course, elevators. It sometimes features what seems like thousands of violins playing soft melodies or a brass band playing down-tempo salsa music
The Muzak corporation is perhaps the best-known supplier of such music. While some people find this style of music pleasant or soothing, some others find it annoying to the point of vexation. Indeed, the term muzak has become an epithet for excessively bland music.
See also: Ambient music