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Monday
Feb272017

Seeburg 1000 BGM Machine

I’ve only ever heard background music used in public spaces, in all my years working in offices it was never something that invaded my workplace. In fact for the first decade or so of my working life, offices were places that you usually weren't allowed to even talk in unless you were on the phone.
   
It seems like things things were different in some parts of the US where many offices and factories embraced the idea that a programme of carefully selected BGM could increase productivity. I can just imagine the exasperated office workers looking forward to the quarterly installation of new Seeburg music discs to give a much needed variety to that all too familiar 37 hour playlist.
   
I was on a cruise ship last year and it only took me two days to memorise the order of the music so I could predict what song was coming next…imagine listening to the same background music for a year.
    
However reading through the comments on my 3M Cantata video, I learnt that there is now a lot of fondness for these once derided background music recordings. What once was considered kitsch is now highly collectable and I have to concede that once I’d heard a disco version of a classic movie theme, I became hooked too. 
    
Watch the video below to see the Seeburg 1000 BMS1 system in action. 
   
Watch the video below to see the best way to play Seeburg 1000 discs without a Seeburg machine.  
   
    
If you want to listen to more - you can stream music from the Official Seeburg 1000 Website
(it's free).
   

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Reader Comments (7)

Peter Wyngarde wonders if he can have his jacket back?
;-)

March 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGk998

Superb - and really great use of the auto-record changer. That is quite a sophisticated model with the record size detector. I expect that only works with mixed sizes if you have the smaller ones on top of the larger ones - and assuming all play at the same speed.

Now excuse me as I get back to my dark chocolate and espresso - finished the olives earlier. I eat them because I genuinely like them - what's the term for when you do something in a non-ironic way?

March 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRoland

I'm wondering about the ability to play the second side of the record automatically with the workaround machine... Would that be possible?

March 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

When it's played all 6 records (which takes about 4 hours) if you do want to hear more, you'll need to lift them off, turn them over, restack them and press play to hear the other side.

March 2, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Interesting system - I assume the odd disk / hole size was to prevent using the disks on other equipment and forced users to have to buy or lease the machines, locking down the system. Apple would have been proud!
The music has that nostalgic quality (to people of a certain age) that also seems to be present in TV test card music.
Also, is that a new digital clock in the background of the intro - I like the look of that and the way the seconds 'drop'. Can you provide any more info or is a review on the way?
Keep up the great work.

March 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAnt

The clock is the Lametric Time - here's a link to the video I made about it last year.
http://www.techmoan.com/blog/2016/11/8/lametric-time-wifi-app-enabled-smart-clock.html

March 3, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks - I remember watching that now - I think the price put me off a bit though - makes a nixie clock look cheap!

March 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAnt

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