Classical music is yet again being used as a sonic weapon. I recently wrote a post about a Canadian library which was using classical music to prevent teens from loitering at its front entrance. Now, it looks like McDonald’s is jumping on the acoustic bandwagon. According to Alexis Madrigal’s post on The Atlantic, he came across a McDonald’s in a Denver mall which was broadcasting classical music from unseen speakers. Madrigal had initially guessed that the reason for the music was to make the fast food joint seem more upscale. But he was then informed by Twitter user Michelle Riggens that the classical music was being used to scare away the teenagers.
While classical music appears to be the weapon of choice for teenagers, Guns n’ Roses is being used an insect repellent. According to this story on NPR, an entomologist at Northern Arizona University tried using rock and heavy metal music to disrupt the reproductive habits of pine bark beetles which have been destroying trees in the area.
Does this mean that if we play Miley Cyrus at the videogame store, all of the teenage boys will run away screaming? If we blast Cannibal Corpse in a forest, will all of the trees fall down? Oh, the possibilities! Meanwhile,you can check out the Denver McDonald’s below: