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Why Criminals Are Afraid
of Classical Music

American Thinker, by Enza Ferreri

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Posted By:ScarletPimpernel, 7/30/2014 9:26:20 AM

Many young people, especially the anti-social, dislike classical music so much that it can be played to discourage them from intimidating, harassing and robbing. This experiment has been successful over many years in countless locations. The earliest occurrence was in the mid-1980s, when Canadian outlets of 7-Eleven played easy listening and classical music to disperse teenagers loitering outside. After that, companies from McDonald's to Co-op, transport authorities, housing estates and shopping malls around the world have employed this method. In the UK, the first to do so was the Tyne-and-Wear Metro system in 1997, following Montreal’s underground system in Canada.

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There is a symmetry and order in classical music, I believe, that reflects the divine and the symmetry and order in the creation. God is not a God of chaos, but of perfect order and harmony.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: VAPMAN, 7/30/2014 9:33:29 AM     (No. 9946043)

A Clockwork Orange

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Reply 2 - Posted by: vulcan, 7/30/2014 9:44:18 AM     (No. 9946073)

Interesting article.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 7/30/2014 9:45:27 AM     (No. 9946075)

They used to say that classical music soothes the savage beast. But today the savage beast refuses to be soothed.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: RancherJack, 7/30/2014 10:03:55 AM     (No. 9946095)

This will backfire. Only kids and criminals have disposable income ..

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Reply 5 - Posted by: MeiDei, 7/30/2014 10:08:15 AM     (No. 9946098)

We grew up with classical music & not just at home or school - the movie cartoons had a classical music background.

Would that America follow suit by having soft classical music piped over PA sound systems in schools, malls & especially prisons.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: provide, 7/30/2014 10:09:35 AM     (No. 9946101)

There is no driving hard artificial sub bass nor lyrics that shout of self importance.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: fitzroy, 7/30/2014 10:16:50 AM     (No. 9946114)

The author is far more correct than she seems to realize. When beauty disappears, so does truth. We get interested in beauty, as this article unwittingly demonstrates, only when we see some practical use for it. We live in a society where the vast majority are suffering from chronic malnutrition of their souls.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: toddh, 7/30/2014 10:18:30 AM     (No. 9946117)

"Easy Listening" is brain-rotting devil music straight from the lowest part of Hell. It´s less musical than rap and utterly repellent to any sentient being.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: stablemoney, 7/30/2014 10:31:53 AM     (No. 9946134)

News Alert! Classical music has just been mandated for WH and hauls of Congress.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 7/30/2014 10:48:54 AM     (No. 9946156)

#7 is correct. Francis Schaeffer said that when a culture declines, so does its art.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Hazymac, 7/30/2014 10:50:19 AM     (No. 9946158)

Alongside the euphonious pleasures there is a pure, almost mathematical, quality to baroque and classical music that can play a role in reordering one´s scrambled sensibilities. In particular, J.S. Bach´s fugues seem to have that effect.

Many of us on this news forum were brought up in households where good music was omnipresent and appreciated by all. Some of us also got classical training, learning to read, play, and even write music. None of us, I would surmise, regrets the time spent in that pursuit.

There´s no doubt that modern barbarism has crept into more or less all entertainment genres, and that rap music is the lowest form of sonic entertainment--so low, in fact, that the level of musicality in it is about zero--an unhealthy dose of misogyny with electronic 15-hertz bass that can cause migraines all by itself. Unfortunately, to enter the cultural milieu that Millennials (age 18 to 29) inhabit, rap (hip hop) is inescapable.

The older I get the more I appreciate classical and opera (and early Twentieth Century American jazz), and hope that those forms of music will always be with us. And that today´s young adults will find their own paths to real culture.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: fitzroy, 7/30/2014 10:58:48 AM     (No. 9946169)

Just to clarify my earlier comment (#7) in light of #8´s excellent point, classical music should never be confused with easy listening. Easy listening is indeed mind-rotting drivel. It is not beauty but pure fog and was never meant to be heard. With unwanted music permeating every public space, we have trained our ears to be oblivious to it. It´s there because silence frightens us. When we stop multitasking and actually contemplate music, we are liable to discover a world of beauty.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 7/30/2014 11:19:16 AM     (No. 9946212)

Some modern "classical" music can have the opposite affect. I have an entirely different intellectual experience listening to Brahms as opposed to Bartok. I really love Bartok (especially the string quartets) but I am left on the edge. sort of.

Bach or Brahms or Beethoven or Tchaikovsky or Debussy (Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras) have an almost sensual impact which also involves the intellect. And it is profoundly satisfying.

It was David, later king, whose musicianship calmed the fury of King Saul in his manic or psychotic phases.

Then again there was the martial use of Wagner during the NAZI regime.

Our own military has used rowdy rock music, on the other hand, to cause discomfort to enemies hiding out. And to "torture" prisoners. I suspect that classical music would have the same impact!



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Reply 14 - Posted by: gasmeterguy, 7/30/2014 11:26:00 AM     (No. 9946232)

What might the results be should classical music be piped over the speaker system 24/7 in every prison in America?

I know; I know. The guards would complain about workplace violence.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Clinger, 7/30/2014 11:26:18 AM     (No. 9946233)

Afraid of classical music? How about we subject them to "Billy Don´t Be A Hero" and see if that results in spontaneous combustion.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: thelmalou, 7/30/2014 11:26:40 AM     (No. 9946234)

I completely agree, OP.


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Reply 17 - Posted by: tank, 7/30/2014 11:37:55 AM     (No. 9946256)

I use to work in a record store. Ravi Shankar will also clear the place out forthwith, take my word for it.

´´Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is the best…´´

If Beethoven had been born in the last century, he would have been a heavy metal guitarist!

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Reply 18 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 7/30/2014 11:38:04 AM     (No. 9946259)

Rap ´music´ is not as complex as baroque and classical music. There are only two words, and one of them is "mother"...

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Reply 19 - Posted by: SheikYerBooty, 7/30/2014 11:40:02 AM     (No. 9946261)

Yep #7, OP said volumes in one brief paragraph.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: hurricanegirl, 7/30/2014 11:43:21 AM     (No. 9946268)

A friend who works in retail says that they would put in an opera CD whenever an unwanted customer was dilly-dallying in the store. She swears that every time, the people left almost immediately. So there´s something to this and not just with classical or easy-listening music!

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Reply 21 - Posted by: comstock, 7/30/2014 11:58:41 AM     (No. 9946302)

I love the author´s name. Change a couple of vowels and you have the name of my hero.

I had a tape of Tchaikovsky´s 1812 Overture I used to play for my son when we were driving somewhere. As a 5- or 6-year old he loved the explanation of the musical symbolism. And he waited in anticipation for the BOOM! of the guns (which were real guns in this recording). I thought I had him on the right path, but now, 35 years later, he listens that rap and hip-hop trash.

He´s an AIA Architect, and how he does CAD with that garbage blaring in his earphones befuddles me.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: JoniTx, 7/30/2014 12:07:23 PM     (No. 9946322)

Thanks for posting this interesting article. When I came across it, I was listening to "Mussorgsky / Maurice Ravel - Pictures at an Exhibition".



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Reply 23 - Posted by: StuartL, 7/30/2014 12:54:53 PM     (No. 9946412)

Like the apes approaching the monolith in Kubrick’s 2001, criminals are suspicious and mistrustful of anything that they intuitively recognize as being beyond their understanding.

-- Stu, pegging away at an article, stoking the little gray cells with Britten’s Four Sea Interludes from ´Peter Grimes´ in the background


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Reply 24 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 7/30/2014 2:00:52 PM     (No. 9946536)

Let´s not forget that many of the classical works have strong ties to religious doctrine.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: lil dotty, 7/30/2014 2:25:11 PM     (No. 9946580)

Is this a ploy? Take away our guns leaving us to defend ourselves with Classical Music?

One would have to be deaf not to enjoy CM. Beethoven,Ravel,Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Debussy, Bach

Clair de Lune by Debussy, is one of my favorite recordings. Tomita has chosen this composition for his album ´Snow Flakes are Dancing´ The album has been played so much it can be heard when sleeping. It may not be termed ´easy listening´ music, but in fact, it is A wonderful way to sooth the soul and lower blood pressure. In today´s society one need only to acquire a copy of the movie "Fantasia´ to appreciate the classical music. In the depth of winter, the VCR will play that movie more than once not only for the color visuals but the music as well.

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