Weatherscan Music Station
April 5, 2012 6:32 PM   Subscribe

Do you love Weatherscan? Sure, we all do. But what do you do when you want to listen to the soothing and comforting Weatherscan soundtrack but can't get to a television? A kindly internet user has provided a playlist for just such an occasion. If your usual go-to weather is Local on the 8s, The Weather Channel also thoughtfully provides their month-by-month playlist.
posted by curious nu (20 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
This is exc. I love the Internet.
posted by subbes at 6:40 PM on April 5, 2012

Great post, curious nu. I loves me some CD101.9 (remember, New Yorkers?) smooth jazz sometimes.
posted by Seekerofsplendor at 6:51 PM on April 5, 2012

Facebook lists "Local on the 8s" as my favorite television show. I LOVE this.
posted by troika at 6:56 PM on April 5, 2012

My husband is far too elated by this... Thanks?
posted by msbutah at 7:00 PM on April 5, 2012 [1 favorite]

My weather-obsessed dad would seriously take these tracks to the gym with him.
posted by Camofrog at 7:03 PM on April 5, 2012

This person has uploaded 581 video clips of The Weather Channel to YouTube.

I'm just going to let that little fact hang out there for a while. Let it stretch out on my sofa, take off its shoes, have a bowl of chips or a beer or something, and blow my fucking mind.
posted by phooky at 7:16 PM on April 5, 2012 [10 favorites]

I'm still convinced Charlie Rose stole his theme music from The Weather Channel.
posted by hippybear at 7:24 PM on April 5, 2012

Ahhh, I love the weather channel music too. Thanks for keeping the torch lit!
posted by not_on_display at 8:02 PM on April 5, 2012

Truly best of the web.
posted by en forme de poire at 9:21 PM on April 5, 2012

I feel so... evil... when I listen to this while checking Weather Underground. (top online weather site based on a poll)
posted by oneswellfoop at 9:39 PM on April 5, 2012

As I've said for quite some time now, there's nothing quite like the weather told through the medium of smooth jazz.
posted by ob at 10:27 PM on April 5, 2012

About ten years ago there was a period where Weather Channel played Tortoise's TNT on endless loop, which was unexpectedly awesome.
posted by gngstrMNKY at 11:02 PM on April 5, 2012 [1 favorite]

Muzak lives! I am so happy!
posted by freakazoid at 3:43 AM on April 6, 2012

This pushes so many of my buttons at once that the elevator is basically never going to make it back to the lobby.

If you imprinted on this sort of music at around the same time that I did, you'd probably like 18 Carat Affair, a band that evidently does nothing but.
posted by Mothra Pisces at 4:41 AM on April 6, 2012

Ah, do I miss the Muzak of the Weather Channel. It was not uncommon back in my single days to spend a hungover Sunday stretched out on my couch, half-asleep, with the Weather Channel and a cat. (It works wonders.)
posted by Kitteh at 5:33 AM on April 6, 2012 [1 favorite]

I'd never heard of Weatherscan. We have terrible cable TV.

I do love me some WeatherSpark though.
posted by Foosnark at 6:23 AM on April 6, 2012 [2 favorites]

That Weather Channel Muzak (along with CNNi Muzak) has gotten me over the hump of many a melancholic episode.
posted by blucevalo at 2:10 PM on April 6, 2012

No. NO. This is not "Muzak" - as someone who lived thru the hell and horror of perky woodwind and string sections covering the lamest '70s lovesongs, this is absolutely not Muzak.

This is Ambient and New Age music. Hearts of Space stuff. It's real music, composed and recorded by musicians who are passionate about their music. Yes, it's slow, yes it's usually in a weird time, yes, it's about as far from the mainstream as you can get without a starship.

It's also so... pleasurable. A dab of pickled ginger after a dragon roll, a cold-water plunge after a sauna. It resets and balances the senses, it provides perspective and space for reflection, and it's shocking difference is addictive.

I couldn't listen to it everyday... but sometimes, when the heart beats too quickly, and the eyes dart too furtively, and my universe is bound by restlessness... then, then it's time for music from synthesists who use the term unironically. Pause. Reset. Ahh.
posted by Slap*Happy at 7:52 PM on April 6, 2012 [2 favorites]

No. NO. This is not "Muzak" - as someone who lived thru the hell and horror of perky woodwind and string sections covering the lamest '70s lovesongs, this is absolutely not Muzak.

I think you're confusing Muzak with the genre Elevator Music.

Yes, Muzak is the best known supplier of music audio streams to businesses and for many years used elevator music arrangements (and original compositions) as the content of those streams, but has only used original music for 15 years now.

They're actually quite hip and modern and provide pretty great audio streams. If you're a DISH Network subscriber, you get these all as part of your service at most package levels. The "Environmental" channel is the one which carries classic elevator music genre music, and apparently is only available to business customers, not via DISH.

The research they have done for decades about how music affects people is pretty interesting, too. The official site has a pretty good overview of what the company has done and learned across the years. [warning - autoplay music, can be turned off in the lower right of the page]
posted by hippybear at 12:05 PM on April 7, 2012

Yes, you're talking about "The Rebranding," one of the most daring and successful business revamps in history. They do have fantastic taste in music these days, but the one thing they expressly don't do since "The Rebranding" is environmental music as a genre, including Ambient...

...which is a shame, as I've said earlier, it's a whole other ballgame than elevator and hold music.
posted by Slap*Happy at 4:16 PM on April 9, 2012

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