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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The aim is to make people forget that normalcy order has triumphed over carnival freedom. Ships from and sold by Amazon. I’ve read at least five of his numerous books, more than once. Mankind dives periodically to Dark ages – ideologically and materialistically.

An economist writes about music history, and how musix art form is predictive of socio-economic movements throughout human history.

Whether or not one agrees with this claim, and many readers of his book have apparently had a hard time with it, the connections he makes between the various kinds of musical activity in history and the social matrices surrounding them are fascinating and almost always quite illuminating.

The Sound Studies Reader. Mar 20, Benjamin Klein rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Lent is the right zone. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Attali postulates that society is founded upon the idea that bad noise must be atali.

Statisticians use the term for random fluctuations in data that they dismiss as meaningless. It would be really nice to see what Attali would have to say about the subject in the present day.

Listening Awry Music and Alterity in German Culture Highly original observations about the relationship between music and German culture. The relationships of music to the politics and economics of the societies in which it is composed and performed are rarely given serious study, but a moment’s reflection will convince us, I think, that this is an important subject for anyone interested in music to look into.


That bubblegum pop music will destroy the family and eventual result in a sort of Brave New World where children are raised as pop stars from infancy? AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Attali is perhaps best known jacqes America as the author of Politicall These predictions are made in Chapter 5.

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The artist was born, at the same time that his work went on sale…” Attali, Dec 09, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: Libro imprescindible para todos aquellos interesados en el sonido. 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.

Noise: The Political Economy of Music

As a result, hierarchies and stable societies were erected. In Attali founded the French non-profit organization PlaNet Finance which focuses on microfinance. It probably sounded like a wild idea 30 years ago, but with the wide availability of things like Garage Band and WiiMusic, he may not be far off the mark. A musicology professor of mine recommended I use this book in a presentation I gave on aesthetics. How is music connected with this process? A great read for philosophy student and musician alike.

This is the period before mass-produced, notated music—a period when the musical tradition exists solely in the memory of people, generally in the form of oral songs and folktales. 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. Noise should be read by musicians, who are largely unaware of their historic role.


There is no dialectic of technological repetition. As music develops as a commodity and as harmonic developments display rational progress, music makes us believe in social cohesion. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

But composers could not be autonomous unless music became autonomous, an object capable of generating wealth. Noise is violence, i. But they are not jacquees workers, for there is no surplus value. Feb 08, Maggie rated it liked it Shelves: Nov 13, Amy Conrad rated it it nois amazing. Attali defines Exchange-Time as the time spent towards earning the money needed to purchase a recording, whereas Use-Time involves the time spent listening to recordings by the purchaser.

The flavor holds politicaal well against a nice piece of aged beef. As time went on, music became a representation, a mirror of its original purpose whose aim was to stand as spectacle. Attali’s purpose in tracing this history is economic and prophetic. So “music is outside all measure.

Noise — University of Minnesota Press

Musical movements like Russolo’ futurism are revolutionary for emancipating noise from the bourgeois romantic musical tradition. But listening to music still requires a double expenditure of time. Noise is a model of cultural historiography.

University of Minnesota Press Coming soon. Jan 06, John Levi rated it it was ok Shelves: While this over-archi Attali goes back as far as the middle ages to poljtical how industrialism and capitalism have attempted to commodify music in the last years, and how legislation has sought to discipline noise, restrict sound, and alienate both musicians and audiences from the cultural labor of creating music.