The Newly Inaugurated "Most In Need of Positivity" Award

Jacqui Caren jacqui.caren at
Thu Aug 10 23:09:07 BST 2006

Peter Corlett wrote:
> [0] It has an interesting design feature in that it is unable to reproduce
>     sounds above about 300Hz or below about 80dB. So what I basically get to
>     listen to is doof-doof-doof with a bassline which I can't even block out
>     with headphones. It is also unable to tune to anything other than Radio
>     1, Radio 2 and Virgin.

EMP or high voltage discharge into it. No wait this would be an excuse 
for someone to go out and get an even louder one :-(

This is one reason why various web design houses (I know of) that have
had music playing have used classical music. It reduces the stress
levels and lets people focus on thier work. I am not a classical fan
but it does (sort of) work.

(BAD) Management play loud fast music because they do not care about
stress levels (loud fast music does increase your heart rate and
adrelalin etc (which is why you drive faster when you play 'car musak'
  - and it does increase your "productivity" in KLOC - at a cost - to

IMHO loud, fast music is a sign that you are being treat as a
disposable, replacable asset and they want as much out of you as
possible before you burn out.

If you think I am joking, go find the studies japaneese companies
(and major supermarkets) have done into the effect of colour, sound
and smell and on us - it is very scary stuff.


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