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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Theory and History of Literature, Volume This is simply one of the very best books I’ve ever read in my life.

It thereby affirms that society is possible, that we can set aside our differences in a mutual sacrifice: His answer is rather abstract and future oriented based on previous models that repeated during the history, and finally showed him clearly correlation between music and society: It is undertaken solely for the pleasure of the person who does it its “producer”.

This period in musicality includes all of concert music and lasts into the 19th or 20th century.

The flavor holds up well against a nice piece of aged beef. If you’re interested in music, or maybe about, don’t laugh, the meaning of life in general, this text is a total eye-opener.

The only thing common to all music is that it gives structure to noise. The aim is to make people forget that normalcy order has triumphed over carnival freedom. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. As barter is replaced by money, money replaces exchange-time.

To control this threat, society was forced to designate scapegoats, which were actually or symbolically sacrificed to channel this potential violence. This new activity is NOT undertaken for its exchange or use value.


Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. The emergence of the two niise is supported by the increasing social control of noise.

Ecnomy is exactly what John Cage was thinking. I was keen to see what examples he would give of this stage, but unfortunately the chapter is more open, more of a prediction of what is to come. As another technology breaks the existing order – the phonograph – and the move into nosie Repetition network stage, oplitical musicians and publishers were upset at not being paid for recordings taken of performances, and from here the need for mechanical copyright arises.

Manchester University Press- Music – pages. Witty, opinionated, and occasionally outrageous, Gill attempts to end the silence about the contributions of gays and lesbians to twentieth-century music. These terms have special meanings in Attali’s argument, which need to be clearly understood in order to grasp properly what he is stating.

This is the period before mass-produced, notated music—a period when the musical tradition exists solely in the memory of people, generally attapi the form of oral songs and folktales.

But it does not create wealth. In Brueghel’s painting, repeating is symbolized by the four figures playing catch with the pottery. What is interesting here is that Attali looks at serious contemporary composition as the only hope to create new forms and provides us with social parallels.

As we become more and more alike, violence attai as we find fewer and fewer outlets for our desires. 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. They create a demand for the pottery that is unrelated to its intended use. Repeating refers to the era of recorded and broadcast sound—roughly AD-present.


Attali’s essential argument in Noise: But listening to music still requires a double expenditure of time. As a result, hierarchies and stable societies were erected.

To this end, the book could use a little Walter Benjamin and the revolutionary potential of Technological Reproducibility. It makes possible the creation of a new order on another level of organization, of a new code in another network.

I mean come on people, you know you don’t read anything translated by Brian Massumi for fun! Mar 06, e. Even worse, perhaps, is that any discussion of leisure time vs.

Jacques Attali. Noise: The Political Economy of Music. – Free Online Library

These represent “two antagonistic cultural and ideological organizations. Repeating Recording introduces a new network for the economy of music, encouraging “the individualized stockpiling of music.

For email, click here. Finally, because the theory relies so heavily on Adorno, Attali fails to give sufficient consideration to the liberationist elements within music, so that musical innovation can only be reducible to market demand and exploitation.

Noise: The Political Economy of Music

Underneath, of course, the “sacrificial” aspect of music also went on: The Soundscape by R. With the invention of recording and broadcasting came the next important form of musical activity, which he calls “repetition. This book will change the way you think noixe music, unless you’ve already read books similar to this one Adorno, Bataille, Dolar, or Goodman.

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