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It makes audible the new world that will gradually become visible, that will impose itself and regulate the order of things; it is not only the image of things, but the transcending of the everyday, the herald of the future. Was it thought that Attali’s book would not be understood, accepted or even read seriously by English-speaking academics if it did not come wrapped in long explanations by well-known experts?

Both of the direct references Attali makes to Sanguinetti’s pamphlet lay bare Attali’s foul ulterior motives for writing Noise. In short, “representation leads to exchange and harmony.

Ultimately, “Lent had taken the upper hand. In composition, he presents quite a strongly optimistic view of society in which each person is personally responsible and powerful, living in the moment and taking pleasure in the act of production.

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.

Noise: The Political Economy of Music – Wikipedia

Timeless relevant, which is good news, given that it’s well over 30 years old. Drawing upon Baudrillard’s Political Economy of the Sign and The Mirror of Production, Attali puts forth the following “succession of orders in other words, differences done violence by noises in other words, the calling into question of differences that are prophetic because they create new orders, unstable and changing.


I read it for the first time in many years, in order to see how well it holds up in the 21st century. Inside, there is a black and white reproduction of the whole painting. Sep 11, Bennett rated it really liked it. This was to collect money for the composers for their works which were being published in song books and used in mechanical playback machines, but for which the original composers were not jaqcues paid.

So relations are enacted through music that will eventually come to inform other areas of society, including economics and government. Here, “music is used and produced in the ritual in an attempt attalli make people forget the general violence; in another, it is employed to make people believe in the harmony of the world, that there is order in exchange and legitimacy in commercial power.

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? Is there any music here, Attali wonders, or is there attalj silence?

In his “Foreword,” Jameson locates the significance and originality of Attali’s book in its contribution to “a general rivival of history, and of a renewed appetite for historiography,” and in its specific insistence on “the attalk of a superstructure to anticipate historical developments, to foreshadow new social formations in a prophetic and annunciatory way.

For the same reason that Mitterand presented himself as the leader of the Party that would “Change life” once it was voted into office: First, as a materialist history of music, the book takes in a much too broad aesthetic category over a too large period of time.


Attali’s Noise

Mar 18, Jamie rated it really liked it Shelves: This is one of the three books that have changed the way I listen to the world. Finally, music moved into a period of repetition, where spectacle was no longer possible because everything was always the same. Therefore music is ritual murder. As we become more and more alike, violence increases as we find fewer and fewer outlets for our desires. By gradual steps, the royal control of copyright becomes private ownership of the musical work.

First the labor of creation composition is assigned monetary value, then so is interpretation performance.

Noise: The Political Economy of Music – Jacques Attali – Google Books

I mean come on people, you know you don’t read anything translated by Brian Massumi for fun! Jacques Attali is the author of numerous books, including Millennium: But it does not create wealth. Popular music music not fully controlled by society has been our one strain of subversion.

Home Current Catalogs Blog. Atali equates noise to the raw, untamed violence beyond social order. It’s too bad it was written in ‘ The musician… became a producer and seller of signs who was free in appearance, but in fact almost always exploited and manipulated by his clients… The attitude of music then changed profoundly: