A list of reference points for the Music and Sound at Work CFP.


Key Bibliography

Bijsterveld, Karen (2008), Mechanical Sound: Technology, Culture, and Public Problems of Noise in the Twentieth Century

Corbett, Martin (2003), ‘Sound Organisation: A Brief History of Psychosonic Management’, Ephemera

DeNora, Tia (2003), ‘Music and Control’, After Adorno: Rethinking Music Sociology

DeNora, Tia (2004), Music in Everyday Life

Gioia, Ted (2006), Work Songs

Goodman, Steve (2010), Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect, and the Ecology of Fear

Hesmondhalgh, Dave (2012), ‘Towards a Political Aesthetics of Music

Kassabian, Anahid (2013), Ubiquitous Listening: Affect, Attention, and Distributed Subjectivity

Korczynski, Marek, Michael Pickering and Emma Robertson (2013), Rhythms of Labour: Music at Work in Britain

Powers, Devon (2013), ‘Now Hear This: The State of Promotion and Popular Music’, The Routledge Companion to Advertising and Promotional Culture

Prichard, Craig, Marek Korczynski and Michael Elmes (2007), Special Issue: Music at Work, Group & Organization Management

Stiegler, Bernard (2014), ‘Programs of the Improbable, Short-Circuits of the Unheard-of’, Diacritics

Taylor, Timothy D. (2012), The Sounds of Capitalism: Advertising, Music and the Conquest of Culture


Listening and Watching

Mikhail Karikis – Work Quartet (2014)

Seeburg 1000 Background Music – Streaming Internet Radio

Work Songs – Various albums from Smithsonian Folkways

Wake Up Dead Man: Black Convict Worksongs from Texas Prisons’ (Rounder Records)


Around the web

Rhythms of Labour – About the Book (see above) and CD, including videos

Blogs and articles


Corporate Sites

IBM – Chronology of the Company’s Musical History and Songbook

Mood: (experiential marketing from the company formerly known as Muzak)

MusicWorks – PPL/PRS site for research that ‘demonstrate[s] the positive effects of music and the benefits it can bring to businesses’.


Further Reading

Adorno, Theodor (1938), ‘On the Fetish Character in Music and the Regression of Listening

Areni, Charles (2003), ‘Exploring managers’ implicit theories of atmospheric music: comparing academic analysis to industry insight’, Journal of Services Marketing

Attali, Jacques (1985), Noise: The Political Economy of Music

Beech, Nic and Charlotte Gilmore (2015), Organising Music: Theory, Practice, Performance

Born, Georgina (2005), ‘On Musical Mediation: Ontology, Technology and Creativity’, Twentieth-Century Music

Born, Georgina (2010), ‘For a Relational Musicology: Music and Interdisciplinarity, Beyond the Practice Turn’, Journal of the Royal Musical Association

Bowen, David and Caren Siehl (1992), ‘Sweet Music: Grateful Employees, Grateful Customers, “Grate” Profits’, Journal of Management Inquiry

Bull, Michael (2000), Sounding Out the City: Personal Stereos and the Management of Everyday Life

Bull, Michael (2010), ‘iPod: a Personalized Sound World for its Consumers’, Scientific Journal of Music Education

Cameron, Michaelle, Julie Baker, Mark Peterson and Karin Braunsberger (2003), ‘The effects of music, wait-length evaluation, and mood on a low-cost wait experience’, Journal of Business Research

Clarke, Eric F., Nicola Dibben and Stephanie Pitts (2010), Music and Mind in Everyday Life

Connor, Steven (2014), ‘Sadistic Listening‘, Hearing Modernity 

Connor, Steven (2014), ‘Mmmm‘, Beyond Words: Sobs, Hums, Stutters and Other Vocalizations

Cusick, Suzanne, ‘Towards an Acoustemology of Detention in the ‘Global War on Terror’ (2013), In Georgina Born (ed), Music, sound, and space: Transformations of Public and Private Experience

Dibben, Nicola and Victoria Williamson (2007), ‘An Exploratory Survey of In-vehicle Music Listening’, Psychology of Music

Dibben, Nicola & Anneli Haake (2013) ‘Music and the Construction of Space in Office-based Work Settings’, In Georgina Born (ed), Music, sound, and space: Transformations of Public and Private Experience

Eroglu, Sevgin, Karen Machleit and Jean-Charles Chebat (2005), ‘The interaction of retail density and music tempo: Effects on shopper responses’, Psychology & Marketing

Green, Archie (1993), Songs About Work: Essays in Occupational Culture

Haake, Anneli (2010), Music listening in offices: Balancing internal needs and external considerations

Hongisto, Valtteri (2005), ‘A Model Predicting the Effect of Speech of Varying Intelligibility on Work Performance‘, Indoor Air

Jackson, Daniel (2006), Sonic Branding

Jones, Keith (2005), ‘Music in Factories: A Twentieth-Century Technique for Control of the Productive Self’, Social & Cultural Geography

Koivunen, Niina (2002), ‘Organizational Music: The Role of Listening in Interaction Processes’, Consumption, Markets and Culture

Korczynski, Marek, Emma Robertson, Michael Pickering and Keith Jones (2005), ‘”We sang ourselves through that war”: Women, Music and Factory Work in World War Two’, Labour History Review

Korczynski, Marek and Keith Jones (2006), ‘Instrumental Music? The Social Origins of Broadcast Music in British Factories’, Popular Music

Lesiuk, Teresa (2005), ‘The Effect of Music Listening on Work Performance’, Music Psychology

Nancy, Jean-Luc (2007), Listening

Negus, Keith (1999), Music Genres and Corporate Cultures

Porter, Gerald (1995), ‘Cobblers All: Occupation as Identity and Cultural Message’, Folk Music Journal

Powers, Devon (2010), ‘Strange Powers: The Branded Sensorium and the Intrigue of Musical Sound’, Devon Powers and Melissa Aronczyk (eds), Blowing Up the Brand: Critical Perspectives on Promotional Culture

Radano, Ronald (1989), ‘Interpreting Muzak: Speculations on Musical Experience in Everyday Life’, American Music

Rhodes, Carl and Robert Westwood (2008), ‘Selling Out: Authenticity, Resistance and Punk Rock’, Critical Representations of Work and Organization in Popular Culture

Salter, Charles and Travis Lawrence (2012), ‘Acoustical Performance Measurement Protocols for Commercial Buildings’, Center for the Built Environment (UC Berkeley)

Sundstrom, Eric and Mary Graehl Sundstrom (1986), ‘Music’, in Work Places: The Psychology of the Physical Environment in Offices and Factories

Suzuki, Norihiko (1985), ‘Workers’ Perceptions of a Japanese Company Song’, Asia Pacific Journal of Management

Sterne, Jonathan (1997), ‘Sounds Like the Mall of America: Programmed Music and the Architectonics of Commercial Space’, Ethnomusicology

Sterne, Jonathan (2012), ‘Sonic Imaginations’, Jonathan Sterne (ed.), The Sound Studies Reader

Szendy, Peter (2008), Listen: A History of Our Ears

Topolinski, Sascha and Fritz Strack (2009), ‘Motormouth: Mere Exposure Depends on Stimulus-Specific Motor Simulations’, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition



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