(PODCAST) Elevator music (aka Muzak, piped-in, weather music or lift music) refers to instrumental arrangements of popular music designed for playing in shopping malls, grocery stores, department stores, telephone systems, cruise ships, airports, dentists’ offices, pharmacies, waiting rooms, public restrooms, fueling stations and of course, elevators themselves.
If you are over 30 you probably have a particular idea of what this sounds like. The term is also frequently applied as a generic for easy listening, smooth jazz, or middle of the road music.
But there are also songs about Elevators. There are songs about what happens in an elevator. There are songs about going down. There are songs about going to higher levels.
An elevator is a type of vertical transport that efficiently moves people or goods between floors (levels, decks) of a building, vessel or other structures.
Elevators are generally powered by electric motors that either drive traction cables or counterweight systems like a hoist, or pump hydraulic fluid to raise a cylindrical piston like a jack.
The diagram on the right describes a theoretical space elevator concept. A space elevator is a proposed structure designed to transport material or people from a planet’s surface directly into space or without using large rockets.
I got so excited about this that I wrote a song called “International Space Elevator“. The song is included in this podcast, along with a short explanation about the science and economics associated with this futuristic concept.