Controlling crowds with ice-cream van music

We spotted this item on the BBC news site about the Police in Northern Ireland using ice-cream van music to calm troublemakers - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/10170966.stm

It struck us as interesting on one hand how it appeared to be an effective intervention on this occasion but also how it was also frowned upon by management and the local council.

It has some similarities, although in a more serious setting, to our earlier blog post on the use of music to influence people using stairs

Has anyone any views or experiences on other ways in which the behaviour of crowds or groups of people have been modified like this?

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DESIGN AND THE HUMAN FACTOR: Controlling crowds with ice-cream van music

Monday, 7 June 2010

Controlling crowds with ice-cream van music

We spotted this item on the BBC news site about the Police in Northern Ireland using ice-cream van music to calm troublemakers - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/10170966.stm

It struck us as interesting on one hand how it appeared to be an effective intervention on this occasion but also how it was also frowned upon by management and the local council.

It has some similarities, although in a more serious setting, to our earlier blog post on the use of music to influence people using stairs

Has anyone any views or experiences on other ways in which the behaviour of crowds or groups of people have been modified like this?

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