Sam Kidel of Young Echo had a little bit of fun making Disruptive Muzak, for which the basic concept was this: play muzak-esque electronic sound down the phone to operatives at government call centres. Hilarity ensues as the employees repeatedly ask if anyone is there. The B-side contains the music without the phone calls, so you can try it yourself! 500 copies on The Death Of Rave.
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- Disruptive Muzak by Sam Kidel
7/10 Ant Staff review, 21 April 2016
How about an ambient album from one of the Young Echo crew full of recordings of annoying, irritating moronic automated telephone messages/ snippets of garbage muzak they play down the phone while you’re waiting and secret recordings of folk that make a living manning the phones at UK call centres? Yeah I get the concept and its artistic value and all that - but like really who’s gonna play this side of the record more than once?
Underneath is some reasonably pedestrian, chilled ambient music on the same vibe but without the poor cretins jabbering away over the top. I actually wouldn’t mind this coming down the blower at me as a sort of 21st Century Muzak, especially compared to some of the tripe they subject you to. Once HSBC blared East 17’s ‘House of Love’ at me which only reinforced my ongoing hatred of banks and had me wanting to go to my local branch to make a “deposit” of my own faeces. I hung up.
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