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Classical Notes: June 6, 2006 Archive

A better repellent?

Posted at 1:16 PM on June 6, 2006 by John Birge
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At last: after years of reading those annoying news stories along the lines of: "Classical music played over speakers deters downtown drug dealers", someone has found a better repellent:

It's "Mandy" vs the hotrods
Mon Jun 5, 9:35 AM ET

Sick and tired of souped-up cars with loud engines and pulsing music? Barry Manilow may be the answer.

Officials in one Sydney district have decided to pipe the American crooner's music over loudspeakers in an attempt to rid streets and car parks of hooligans whose anti-social cars and loud music annoy residents and drive customers from businesses.

Following a successful experiment where Bing Crosby music was used to drive teenage loiterers out of an Australian shopping center several years ago, Rockdale councilors believe Manilow is so uncool it might just work.

Councilor Bill Saravinovski said local authorities plan to install a loudspeaker and pipe in Manilow music, interspersed with classical pieces, over a car park favored by car "hoons," or hooligans.

"There are restaurants nearby and people can't park in the car park because they're intimidated by these hoons," Saravinovski told The Daily Telegraph newspaper Monday.

"Daggy music is one way to make the hoons leave an area because they can't stand the music," he said.

The Oxford Concise Australian Dictionary defines "daggy" as unfashionable, or lacking style, even eccentric or stupid.

Another Mozart effect

Posted at 6:28 PM on June 6, 2006 by John Zech
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The much ballyhooed "Mozart Effect" hasn't stood up very well. But if listening to Mozart doesn't make you smarter, it may help you see better according to a story from the BBC.