Listening – Sacrificing – Representing – Repeating – Composing – The politics of silence and sound, by Susan McClary. Noise has ratings and 38 reviews. Ben said: In sum, the history of music should be rewritten as a political effort to channel violence through noise. Argues that music does not reflect society; it foreshadows new social formations. Noise. The Political Economy of Music. •. Author: Jacques Attali.

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Then, music is a “channelization of noise,” a way of controlling and vanquishing noise by creating a harmonious order in ghe realm of sound. It takes it starting place atop Rene Girard’s theory of memetic desire and the essential violence, showing musics birth and utility in the midsts of time amongst primal society and the ritualised slaughter of a scapegoat.

Pages with related products. Learn more about Amazon Prime. His intention here was not only to theorize about music, but also to theorize through music, making some unusual and unacceptable conclusions about music and society, the past and the future.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Return to Book Page. It can all seem quite prescient, as the idea of a compositional network can easily be imagined as first the DIY ethos of punk which fuelled the whole 80s and spread of lo-fi noise bands and music scenes, and as technology moved into the 90s and this present decade, how the widespread adoption and cheap cost of software has enabled mass amounts of young music producers, remixers, djs.

He defines composition as the melding together of production and consumption, in which time and usage are not stockpiled as in repetition nor abstracted such as in representation. Attali hints at a Post-Repeating era in his chapter ‘Composing’, but never fully develops his theory of it.

There is no clear distinction between consumption and production. Many advanced topics which this text does not really contain can be explained to almost anyone if they truly understand a topic. Initial ownership assigned to composers; publishers have rights only if so assigned by composers; all other publication subject to fines.


Noise: The Political Economy of Music

While many readers consider this to be influenced by electronic musical techniques such as samplingremixing and electronic manipulation which were common in when the English translation was publishedit is doubtful that they would have influenced Attali given that “Noise” was first published in French in and one can assume the manuscript was completed at least several months prior to publication.

Regardless, as a a fairly short read this book will provoke thought. Mr Attali went to run European bank for reconstruction an development – reading his book I would ask why?

With the invention of recording and broadcasting came the next important form of musical activity, which he calls “repetition.

musjc Share your thoughts with other customers. Recording introduces a new network for the economy of music, encouraging “the individualized stockpiling of music. If we can see where music is headed, then we can see where all of society is headed.

Reads like a economist turned literary theorist wrote a book about music. The book was written at end of the era of Free and cheap for peasants- youth. Theory and History of Literature, Volume The history of the evolvement of noise through time is chronologically divided. Thus, music has from the start been an important tool of the governing class of every society and its opponents, as Attali atttali by referring to a number of historical periods.

Attali provides a very interesting analysis of music as violence related to sacrifice. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Attali summarizes his own argument: A Brief History of the Future: In the nineteenth century alone, the divergent musical forms distributed over both high and low cultures would require a tome of considerable length, but Attali glosses over this and not only includes the one century but the entire history of music.

The use-value of spectacle involves parallel developments of music.

Doesn’t sound as interesting as it really is. But noise does in fact create a meaning: One use-value the event of musical performance is exchanged with another use-value food, clothing, etc. He’s also French, and while Massumi’s translation is well-done and readable, it also captures how academic French tends to make everything sound really fascinating, but also really dull.


While this over-arching thesis is compelling, Attali makes other arguments that are far more esoteric that noise is murder and that music is like ritual sacrifice? It is a simulacrum of murder” ibid.

Noise should be read by musicians, who are largely unaware of their historic role. This period in musicality includes muusic of concert music and lasts into the 19th or 20th century.

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The Political Economy of Communication: The result is at times brilliant as it traces the economics of nineteenth and twentieth century music production and reception and frustrating in its overly broad and oftentimes unsubstantiated claims of the ur-history of music prior to the age of capitalism.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Composition is an activity “in which the musician plays primarily for himself, outside any operationality, spectacle, or accumulation of value; when music, extricating itself from the codes of sacrifice, representation, and repetition, emerges as an activity that is an end in itself, that creates its own code at the same time as the work” p.

Attali is perhaps best known in America as the author of Noise: It would be really nice to see what Attali would have to say about the subje An economist writes about music history, and how the art form is predictive of socio-economic movements throughout human history.

Jacques Attali. Noise: The Political Economy of Music.

Even worse, perhaps, is that any discussion of leisure time vs. There is no dialectic of technological repetition.

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