DO YOU HATE UNWANTED PIPED BACKGROUND MUSIC?
(also called piped music, canned music, elevator music, muzac etc)
Do you loathe its incessant jingle?
Do you detest the way you can’t escape it?
(in pubs, restaurants and hotels; in the plane, train or bus; down the phone; ruining decent television programmes; adding to the overall levels of noise pollution in public places)
If, like tens of millions of others around the world you do,
JOIN PIPEDOWN, THE CAMPAIGN FOR FREEDOM FROM UNWANTED MUSIC in public places
Pipedown is supported by
Alfred Brendel, Stephen Fry, Lesley Garrett, Julian Lloyd Webber, Joanna Lumley, Tony Parsons, Philip Pullman, Simon Rattle, Mark Rylance, Prunella Scales, Jake Wallis Simons, Claire Tomalin, Gillian Weir.
We also have tens of thousands of non-celebrity supporters!
Did you know?
- THAT unwanted and inescapable piped music has an adverse effect on human health? Like all unwanted noise, it RAISES the blood pressure and DEPRESSES the immune system. It also causes problems for the millions of people with hearing problems – 16% of the population according to official figures.
- THAT more people hate piped background music than like it, according to impartial opinion polls? (34% dislike it, only 30% like it, the rest are indifferent.)
- THAT despite all the hype about differing types of music affecting people’s shopping habits, there is no genuine evidence to show that such music increases sales by one penny. (Aldi, Lidl, Waitrose/John Lewis and Primark all thrive without wasting money on canned music. Marks and Spencer decided to stop piped music in all its branches in June 2015 because of protests, often from Pipedowners.)
Pipedown has helped persuade Gatwick Airport to drop unwanted piped music in its public areas and Sainsbury and Tesco not to install background music in their branches (except alas at Christmas). Pipedown was behind decisions by Waterstones booksellers, the UK’s biggest booksellers’ chain, and the Nationwide Building Society, the largest building society, to phase the nonstop music out of their respective branches. Most recently, in June 2016, Marks and Spencer was persuaded by concerted letter-writing from Pipedowners to drop its piped music – proof that such persistent yet polite pressure can and does work.
Pipedown is currently pressing for legislation (both in the Westminster Parliament and in the Scottish Parliament) to ban unwanted piped music and television in hospitals where patients, perhaps lying immobilised on beds or stretchers, may be literally powerless to escape it.
Sign the petition against unwanted music and television in hospitals and doctors’ surgeries, places which people have to visit and where forced music may be literally impossible to escape:
PIPEDOWN sponsored The Quiet Pint, a guide to canned music-free pubs, and now has an on-line guide to many different types of quiet places at