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Why Criminals Are Afraid of Classical Music
American Thinker ^ | 07/30/2014 | Enza Ferreri

Posted on 07/30/2014 8:10:43 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

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.

Other British transport providers, including the much bigger London Underground, imitated the scheme. The most effective deterrents were anything sung by Pavarotti or written by Mozart.

Across the pond, whether at New York's Port Authority Bus Terminal, La Guardia, Newark International and John F. Kennedy International airports, and Pennsylvania Station; at Portland, Oregon, light-rail stations; in Seattle's parking lots; or in Anchorage, Alaska, Town Square, classical music has helped even against crimes like drug dealing.

Same in Australia and New Zealand. In Queensland, it reduced vandalism and graffiti.

The evidence seems plentiful. Why, then?

The simplest explanations, in the time-honored scientific tradition of Occam's razor, should be considered first.

Teenagers, especially those with uneducated ears, don't like classical music, and they think it's not "cool" to be seen by their peers listening to it.

Still other explanations are in the nature of classical music itself. Much of it conveys a sense of order, symmetry and beauty, that conflicts with the disorder and ugliness in the minds of hooligans.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: classicalmusic; criminals
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1 posted on 07/30/2014 8:10:43 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Much of it conveys a sense of order, symmetry and beauty, that conflicts with the disorder and ugliness in the minds of hooligans.


That actually makes sense. The psychology behind it, I mean.


2 posted on 07/30/2014 8:13:17 AM PDT by cuban leaf (The US will not survive the obama presidency. The world may not either.)
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To: SeekAndFind
*Question: guess what OBIE has on his IPOD *

it aint Bach





*Answer: the hip hop version of the "palestinian" national anthem*
3 posted on 07/30/2014 8:15:33 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill ...)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ve been listening to classical music at work, and I can absolutely see an increase in my productivity and overall output. It stimulates the brain and is much more effective than country or rock, IMO.


4 posted on 07/30/2014 8:18:38 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: SeekAndFind

And I’m afraid of rap and pop music.


5 posted on 07/30/2014 8:19:00 AM PDT by Politicalkiddo (Slavery, genocide, and imperialism aren't exclusively white institutions.)
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To: cuban leaf
The article goes on: 'It’s like the link between criminal behavior and rap, through the rap lyrics and the "music" -- or rather cacophony -- itself.'
6 posted on 07/30/2014 8:19:18 AM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: SeekAndFind

My brother had a teacher in high school who would play Sinatra to keep his class calm.

My brother has an extensive collection of Sinatra to this day.


7 posted on 07/30/2014 8:19:21 AM PDT by rfreedom4u (Your feelings don't trump my free speech!)
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To: rarestia

I listen to classical to calm me down on the way home as traffic in Houston is horrendous.


8 posted on 07/30/2014 8:19:57 AM PDT by rfreedom4u (Your feelings don't trump my free speech!)
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To: Politicalkiddo

RE: And I’m afraid of rap and pop music.

How about Hard Rock?


9 posted on 07/30/2014 8:20:38 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I wish shopping malls in my area would play classical music.

I swear, you go in there, and you are confronted with a thumping rock and roll or rap music soundtrack. Thump Thump Thump.

I actually spend less time in the mall than I would otherwise, just to escape the constant Thump Thump Thump of rock and roll in my mall.

I’m clearly not the customer they are trying to attract. There are lots of sketchy looking people there too. Lots of baby mama stuff going on. Lots of gang looking types.

I would welcome nice music to improve the atmosphere of shopping malls. Instead, they choose to go in the other direction.


10 posted on 07/30/2014 8:20:40 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (s)
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To: SeekAndFind

Play real classical music, but if you play easy-listening or muzak you’re punishing everyone.


11 posted on 07/30/2014 8:21:12 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I bet Phillip Glass would make them uneasy too.


12 posted on 07/30/2014 8:21:42 AM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: SeekAndFind

Young people don’t like or want order or routine in their lives.

It is rejected out of hand. This is typical. I think I know way.

They have no order or routine in their homes or in their family life.

I am always appalled when I am out at the store and other places when I see women with new born babies in their car and taken along to the store, etc.

Sometimes they look just hours old. These children are in families where there is not and never will be a basic routine of sleep, eating, quiet time, etc. It’s all chaos from the instant they leave the hospital.

You can hear the ghastly loud music hammering away at their little minds from day one, the incessant TV racket, people, activity, movement and noise ALL THE TIME, without end.

It’s no wonder they get to grade school and they are completely out of control and cannot concentrate or focus.


13 posted on 07/30/2014 8:22:42 AM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: SeekAndFind
I think the explanation is even simpler:

Listening to Classical music requires intellectual engagement and effort on the part of the listener. I would bet Dollars to Donuts that you could get EXACTLY the same effect by playing lectures on History or Mathematics over the loudspeakers in public.
14 posted on 07/30/2014 8:23:40 AM PDT by Rebel_Ace (Tags?!? Tags?!? We don' neeeed no stinkin' Tags!)
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To: cuban leaf
That actually makes sense. The psychology behind it, I mean.

Except when they're up for a bit of the old ultra-violence. Then they probably like to listen to Beethoven's Ninth...

15 posted on 07/30/2014 8:24:13 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Teenagers, especially those with uneducated ears, don’t like classical music, and they think it’s not “cool” to be seen by their peers listening to it.


I was a teenager during the early 80s. My friends and I enjoyed Mozart and Beethoven.

We also listened to Heavy Metal and appreciated heavy guitar riffs played by musicians who studied classical techniques.


16 posted on 07/30/2014 8:24:19 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: SeekAndFind
A society that is enthralled by the vulgarity of Amy Winehouse acoustically and Tracey Emin visually is on an aesthetic and moral downward path, as we observe from many other different indicators.

A bit harsh on Amy Winehouse. She had real talent and made some interesting and artistic music. Comparing her to that sneering idiot Tracey Emin is unjust.

17 posted on 07/30/2014 8:25:51 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Interesting theory. But it mostly comes across as wishful thinking in a rather desperate attempt by the author to elevate herself above the rabble based merely on the music she enjoys.

18 posted on 07/30/2014 8:29:29 AM PDT by stormer
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To: SeekAndFind

For maximum work output, put Yo Yo Ma’s Bach Cello Suites in your earbuds. It is the best 2 hours ever composed.


19 posted on 07/30/2014 8:30:23 AM PDT by lurk
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To: rarestia

Because of me watching Endeavor and liking the old Morse series, I ordered the soundtracks. Morse has arrived and sometimes during the day, I let it roll at low level. It helps me feel a, little better overall.


20 posted on 07/30/2014 8:30:39 AM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.q)
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To: IYAS9YAS

Beat me to it :-)


21 posted on 07/30/2014 8:31:51 AM PDT by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, deport all illegal aliens, abolish the IRS, DEA and ATF.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Very interesting. I can't even guesstimate the number of times I have been sitting at a stop light and have been forced to hear the hostile sounds of rap music from another car waiting for the light to change. Inevitably, the driver has his windows rolled down and his music turned up to 11, his antisocial proclivities on audio display. I have yet to experience the same obnoxious behavior from someone listening to classical or even pop music. It is further interesting the number of movies that Hollywood produces these days that feature rap music in their soundtracks. There is definitely a relationship there between Hollywood's antisocial mentality that goes beyond simply telling a story.
22 posted on 07/30/2014 8:32:56 AM PDT by Nevadan
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To: lurk

Will try to remember that.


23 posted on 07/30/2014 8:33:10 AM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.q)
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To: Rebel_Ace
Excellent idea, comrade. Or perhaps something a little more inspiring...


24 posted on 07/30/2014 8:37:12 AM PDT by stormer
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To: cuban leaf

That’s why they like rap crap which really isn’t even music.


25 posted on 07/30/2014 8:37:46 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Actually, putting on what we call easy listening music works just as effectively. Small wonder why I'm a big fan of Mantovani. :-)
26 posted on 07/30/2014 8:38:22 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: SeekAndFind

Why do vampires fear holy water?


27 posted on 07/30/2014 8:39:38 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: SeekAndFind

Why Criminals Are Afraid of Classical Music

would it work at the next Obama speech ?


28 posted on 07/30/2014 8:39:58 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: IYAS9YAS
Except when they're up for a bit of the old ultra-violence. Then they probably like to listen to Beethoven's Ninth... ---------------------------------

Naw. We weeded that out.


29 posted on 07/30/2014 8:41:24 AM PDT by cuban leaf (The US will not survive the obama presidency. The world may not either.)
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To: A_perfect_lady
Koyaanisqatsi
30 posted on 07/30/2014 8:42:11 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: SeekAndFind

Israel should blast classical into Gaza.


31 posted on 07/30/2014 8:43:26 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

heavy guitar riffs played by musicians who studied classical techniques.


Like, say Yngwie Malmsteen -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrLCteQlkUY


32 posted on 07/30/2014 8:45:20 AM PDT by cuban leaf (The US will not survive the obama presidency. The world may not either.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Classical music is an expression of order, intelligence, beauty, civilization. Today’s cRAP music is the exact opposite. Ugliness, disorder, violence.


33 posted on 07/30/2014 8:45:48 AM PDT by all the best
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To: rarestia

There videos showing how listening to music uses multiple areas of the brain. Those with aphasia (left brain stroke) can sometimes learn to sing/speak depending on damage.


34 posted on 07/30/2014 8:45:53 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: SMARTY

Excellent analysis.


35 posted on 07/30/2014 8:46:11 AM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Retailers use power music to make you shop. Drives me nuts, but I hate to shop.


36 posted on 07/30/2014 8:46:48 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: SeekAndFind
the nature of classical music itself. Much of it conveys a sense of order, symmetry and beauty, that conflicts with the disorder and ugliness in the minds of hooligans.

hatred of the good for being the good is a symptom of evil

37 posted on 07/30/2014 8:46:56 AM PDT by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: SeekAndFind
the nature of classical music itself. Much of it conveys a sense of order, symmetry and beauty, that conflicts with the disorder and ugliness in the minds of hooligans.

Yes, it does. Contrast that with the totally unmusical disordered vague junk being played now…sometimes in stores. I find it so annoying I have to leave, but apparently it helps sell things. Our new neighborhood Target plays it…perhaps to keep customers wandering around the store aimlessly, picking up stuff they didn't plan to buy.

38 posted on 07/30/2014 8:46:57 AM PDT by Veto! (OpInions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: SeekAndFind

I got into music with blues and rock and heavy metal as a kid of about nine years old. About 15 years old I learned how close the metal riffs echoed classical music, and did some more reading on my favorite guitarists. As all my friends also know, classical music is just as awesome as heavy metal and blues. I listen to it all, every day.


39 posted on 07/30/2014 8:48:05 AM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: huldah1776

They use power music to induce you to shop? Really?

Well, their musical choices are counter productive for this shopper.


40 posted on 07/30/2014 8:49:21 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (s)
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To: Bigg Red

My brother and I had to have a nap every day. I remember that distinctly.

Of course now days, Mom won’t do that! To make sure her child has a nap, Mom has to BE AT HOME... and THAT ain’t gonna happen!

These young girls are all over the place with NO conception how to make a home or to raise children.


41 posted on 07/30/2014 8:50:23 AM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: SeekAndFind

Does it work on politicians as well?


42 posted on 07/30/2014 8:51:19 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: A_perfect_lady
I bet Phillip Glass would make them uneasy too.

Or Olivier Messiaen. I did a term paper on Chronochromie for my Music Analysis course in college. I'd probably be the only person in the mall to actually enjoy it. :-)

43 posted on 07/30/2014 8:54:26 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: SeekAndFind

There’s classical music I like and classical music I despise as much as heavy metal.

In our struggle to be different, we’re all the same. — ME.


44 posted on 07/30/2014 8:57:43 AM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: cuban leaf

Yngwie is an amazing guitarist. Just ask him; he’ll tell you.


45 posted on 07/30/2014 8:58:35 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Maybe they are not afraid, maybe music really does soothe the savage beast.


46 posted on 07/30/2014 9:01:55 AM PDT by gspurlock (http://www.backyardfence.wordpress.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

So only music composed between (roughly) 1750 and 1800 has this impact? Baroque and Romantic periods don’t have the same impact?


47 posted on 07/30/2014 9:04:30 AM PDT by dmz
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To: RayChuang88
Actually, putting on what we call easy listening music works just as effectively. Small wonder why I'm a big fan of Mantovani. :-)

I have four pre-selected stations on my Sirius XM, and I switch back and forth depending on the particular mood I'm in during my 1 1/2 hour commute:


48 posted on 07/30/2014 9:07:55 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: SMARTY

I have the perfect way that I am counteracting what you describe (not that my kids with kids of their own resemble what you describe).

Banjo music.

I play the banjo (as well as a few other stringed instruments).

Scares the heck out of the dogs, but the toddlers are fascinated. One of their first full sentences: pop pop plays the banjo.


49 posted on 07/30/2014 9:08:46 AM PDT by dmz
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To: P.O.E.

RE: Why do vampires fear holy water?

Not the recent vampires I see on TV today... heck they don’t even fear the cross anymore.


50 posted on 07/30/2014 9:08:53 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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