Not Just Background Music

Music in shops and other spaces has come a long way from the bad-old days of elevator muzak – at least that’s what some of the individuals who inflict it on us claim.

Well, they would wouldn’t they? It still makes me want to take a pair of cutters to the loudspeaker wires, though.

This story in The Guardian looks at the psychology underpinning this dark art of persuasion and mood manipulation, and some of the people getting rich from peddling playlist nonsense.