Disruptive Muzak

Great interview with muzak/ambient artist Sam Kidel in the Quietus.

I’ve listened to his 2016 album Disruptive Muzak, which centres around playing new-age music down the phone to customer service agents, a few times since it’s release last year. Listening in a somewhat distracted state, I found the album pretty funny but didn’t consider the deeper explorations of late capitalism and isolation which Sam talks about in depth here.

Listening again there’s definitely a level of eeriness and desperation which I hadn’t quite considered before, which only serves to make the levels of humour even more insteresting – a push and pull between the obvious prank-caller mischievousness and the less apparent sympathetic compulsion to empathise with these workers, trapped in the dead-end drudgery of mind-numbing admin labour.


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