Ever wondered about the dull monotonous music played in the background in certain public places, as if to fill invisible spaces? It could be at the lobby of a grand hotel in the UAE, or a passenger waiting area at the Dubai Metro. The music is never interesting, but it’s still there for a reason. This particular type of music is actually termed as ‘Elevator Music’. And yes, it has something, and probably everything, to do with elevators.
The term elevator music came into existence in the 1920s, a little after the invention of elevators. At the time, elevators were new and scary, and were not easily accepted as a safe means of transportation. Elevator makers and owners of important buildings devised music as a solution to encourage people to relax in the elevator. Though bland and boring, this type of music was intended to simply put the passenger at ease and calm their nerves. Elevator music is played in low volume, and serves as a background and not as a main focus. This practice is still followed today in elevators and a number of other places where people gather in transit. Next time someone puts your call on hold, know that you are listening to elevator music!