Decoder

Germany, 1992

Film
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The behaviour of the people in the Western World is being altered by an aural weapon devised to subconsciously affect those exposed to it. This artificial product, created by scientists, musicians and marketing experts is called “Musak” or “functional music”. The authors of this film carried out intensive research before making “Decoder” as the function of “musak” is to stimulate or soothe, enhancing wellbeing by constructing a particular tonal sequence. “Musak” by its very nature has an undoubted political significance. This production blends reality and fiction: surreal, metaphorical imagery interwoven with music.

Credits

production company

Jettifilm

Language

German

Duration

01:24:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

38370

Subject categories

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Technology - Social aspects

Experimental

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Germany

Foreign language films

Literature → Burroughs, William S., 1914-

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Technology - Social aspects

Music & Performing Arts → Electronic music

Music & Performing Arts → Music

Music & Performing Arts → Music - History and criticism

Music & Performing Arts → Popular music

People → Burroughs, William S., 1914-

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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