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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As a creator, I found it all inspiring, particula Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in the history of music, its development into a commodity, the history of what actually was commoditized, and, most importantly, music as something other than a commodity. Takes some serious commitment to read, but every lover of music should do just that! Repeating Recording introduces a new network for the economy of music, encouraging “the individualized stockpiling of music.

For this reason musicians, even when officially recognized, are dangerous, disturbing, and subversive; for this reason it is impossible to separate their history from that of repression and surveillance. To keep the music industry going, enormous efforts are required to maintain demand for the mass of commodity recordings which flow from the factories; thus we see the constant, almost monthly, change in musical fashion and the control by corporate conglomerates, not only in popular music, but to a large degree in “classical” music as well.

Attali summarizes his own argument: 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.

Throughout these pages, Attali supports his argument with many fascinating references to musical history, which I must omit in this skeleton outline. But it does not create wealth.

Royal power shifts to music publishers. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Attali postulates that society is founded upon the idea that bad noise must be subverted.

Attali says that Brueghel represents order beside the chaos [chance? But he also argues that industry has failed to complete this process, and that society not only has the power to reclaim music and noise-making, but that this reclamation is inevitable.


No trivia or quizzes yet. By training he is an edonomy, and he worked as a finance minister under Mitterand. The absence of meaning is in this case the presence of all meanings, absolute ambiguity, a construction outside meaning.

Jacques Attali. Noise: The Political Economy of Music.

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. The econoomy of the evolvement of noise through time is chronologically divided. The purpose of music in this era is to preserve and transmit that cultural heritage, by using music to reinforce memory.

As barter is replaced by money, money replaces exchange-time. Asks more questions than it answers, but hey, you’ll gain new persepective. He defines composition as the melding together of production and consumption, in which time and usage are not attapi as in repetition nor abstracted such as in representation.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Its composers can collect fees for its performance.

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Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. This is the only musician actually shown in Brueghel’s painting.

The fact is, sometimes precise thought demands precise language. Libro imprescindible para todos aquellos interesados en el sonido. How those same musi and technology are also eonomy society and the structures of power through open source software and open data movements, ideologies of transparent government etc. Nov 06, Jeremy Hurdis rated it really liked it.

Very informative; I recommend it for those interested in knowing more about different kinds of sounds and their importance starting from mere music and songs and ending in social noise. In its general theoretical argument on the relations of culture to economy, but also in its specialized concentration, Noise has much that is of importance to critical theory today.

I have used it to enhance my reading of many texts, both fiction and non-fiction. 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.


Would you like to tell us about a lower price? This book will change the way you think about music, unless you’ve already read books similar to this one Adorno, Bataille, Dolar, or Goodman.

Aug 30, Michael rated it it was ok. SacrificingRepresentingRepeatingand a fourth cultural stage which could roughly be called Post-Repeating. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

By gradual steps, the royal control of copyright becomes private ownership of the musical work. This is simply one of the very best books I’ve ever read in my life. The story of Ulysses and the sirens, as he interprets it, is a struggle against the “noise,” the order-threatening sounds, of the sirens; in this crisis, although the bound Ulysses, a symbol of the sacrificed scapegoat, cannot command his men, they voluntarily make themselves deaf to the sirens’ song in order to keep society afloat.

Jacques Attali is the author of numerous books, including Millennium: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

This isn’t as interesting as where Jacques Attali takes us later in the book: Attali attempts to provide a historical investigation into the development of music from its origins in ritual through to the development of modern recording.

Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. The aim is to make people forget that normalcy order has triumphed over carnival freedom. Everyone interested in the fate of classical music in the 21 st century, especially, will find Attali’s book a good starting point for further investigation.

No need to point out that this is an ever-present threat in every society, including our own. This was made possible by the advance of capitalism and technology.

The language is difficult or demanding better to say. That is exactly what John Cage was thinking.

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