Rob Beschizza at 6:48 am Fri, Apr 6, 2012
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Muji sells high quality generic products at inexpensive prices; think Ikea with better taste and a Japanese flavor of minimalism. This is its background music. Bruce Sterling: "More starkly minimal than the muzak from lesser outlets of capitalism."
Muji is the coolest. I’ve been to two stores so far. I wish we had one here in Chicago.
Everyone knows Muji is owned by Wal-Mart right?
I can’t help wondering where this is sourced from. I know it was blogged by Chairman Bruce, but there’s nothing on the SoundCloud page/account suggesting it’s genuine.
That said, I could totally believe it IS. And MUJI is indeed the coolest, at least in Japan.
… and in Singapore, Hongkong, Manila, Bangkok, Seoul, Taipei, etc.
Indeed it is sorta believable, but then it’s also a bit too Muzak-y, and not necessarily ‘more starkly minimal’ than others (though it’s good quality, relatively). If you watch the videos on Muji’s website you’ll hear some fantastic ambient-ish music that is a lot higher quality than this.
But all the times I’ve been in Muji stores – mostly in NYC but also in Bangkok – I honestly can’t recall if there even was any background music playing. Some of this is corny enough that I think I might notice, but then maybe the whole point is that you’re not supposed to notice it (which goes along with their aesthetic in general).
OK – I skimmed through disc 3 (tracks 14-23) and those I can definitely believe.
Oh, and Muji may have ‘inexpensive prices’ but that doesn’t mean that you will be able to resist spending way too much money when you go there :)
These are indeed authentic. They’re from a 3 disc collection called BGM 1980-2000.
Muji has also released a series of BGM albums collecting music from various regions around the world. They’re a little hard to find but most Muji stores will have at least a few lying around.
I love Muji stuff. My problem is that at 6’2″ even their XL stuff is not big enough for me.
Now, how do I download this stuff ?? :D
Vangelis/Eno lovechild, get in my ears!
I have to redefine the concept of “inexpensive price”, at least for Muji in Italy ;D
Agreed! Our Muji in Torino is just silly .. they leave the original Japanese price tags on, so it is very easy to see that the € price is nearly double compared to the Yen price.
Yeah, most of their products seem ridiculously overpriced in New York as well, given their Cromwellian greige flavor — I’m not that sure the products *are* in better taste that Ikea. But the music’s nice!
Like many stores in Japan, Mujirushi (“Muji”) gives you a choice of cheap Chinese-made or expensive Japanese. They have really cheap, crappy, barely usable stuff and products of excellent quality.
I do like their color range though: roughly from light brown to dark brown. But in a good way, looks really cool.
Sadly my Muji slippers didn’t quite make the jump back to Europe, they were the best slippers I ever had!
Nevermind. I just found out that AdBlock on Chrome sucks.
I am addicted to their pens, love the .38 gel ones. They ended the line of notebooks I liked though…
All I’m seeing is a gray box.
Music for Japanese Airports
All I know is that I want to show this some dirty, copyright-disrespectin’ love.
Having worked as a part-timer in Singapore’s Muji, I can say that they don’t play the music we’re listening to here. More like generic French, Celtic, Italian muzak. Which is a shame, I like these better. Or was I so hammered by 10 hour shifts full of happy Celtic flutes that I couldn’t stand it anymore and this is a nice change of scenery?
I dunno, I’m a long-time Muji shopper here in Tokyo, and I didn’t recognize any of the samples I listened to. The Yurakucho store a while ago had a big display, with listening stations, of a bunch of Muji BGM CDs, and somewhat like Fiz Wahid says above, they were specifically identified as Celtic, French, etc., but it wouldn’t call it Muzak.
Is it me or is this video not working?
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