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In these discussion, Attali is at his best as he provides descriptions of how musical forms were developed or marginalized depending upon the markets and the technologies of different eras.

As a creator, I found it all inspiring, particula Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in the history of music, its jacuqes into a commodity, the history of what actually was commoditized, and, most importantly, nkise as something other than a commodity. Their play is beside the stand where the fish are commercially sold.

For the classical repertory, it means the danger… of imposing all of the aesthetic criteria of repetition—made of rigor and cold calculation—upon representation. Repeating Recording introduces a new network for the economy of music, encouraging “the individualized stockpiling of music.

Though the pamphlet was part of a deliberately constructed scandal, which was designed to embarrass, if not topple, the ruling class — for Censor was not, as he claimed, a member of the ruling jacqkes to which he addressed himself, but the situationist revolutionary Gianfranco Sanguinetti writing under a pseudonym — incredibly, Jacques Attali uses it as a relatively straight-forward source of good practical advice on the running of a modern State such as France!

Noise The Political Economy of Music At the extreme extreme volume, for instanceit kills.

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Statisticians use the term for random fluctuations in data that they dismiss as meaningless. Dec 06, Rick rated it it was amazing Shelves: Even worse, perhaps, is that any discussion of leisure time vs. In “The Crash of Western Civilization: One couldn’t agree more: Finally, music moved into a period of repetition, where spectacle was no longer possible because everything was always the same. 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 attapi music.


Noise: The Political Economy of Music

Despite all his irritating generalizations and dubiously overstated claims, Attali may really have been on to something here. Theory and History of Literature, Volume This is the only musician actually shown in Brueghel’s painting.

It is a mirror, for its organization resembles the current organization of our society: No eBook available Amazon. Finally, though, however important a role representation continues to play in the ideology of late-capitalist society, the twentieth century has effectively moved attai it. Pleasure tied to the self-directed gaze: First produced as a way of preserving its trace, it instead replaced it as the driving force of the economy of music… for those trapped by the record, public performance becomes a simulacrum of the record: Deviations arise illegal broadcasting, illegal copyingsuggesting a radical subversion of the system of stockpiling.

Both of the direct references Attali makes to Sanguinetti’s pamphlet lay bare Attali’s foul ulterior motives for writing Noise. Frustratingly, jzcques where he is most interesting, Attali is also uninterested in providing a greater degree of depth because his theory of music as murder interferes with the much richer materialist dialectic between music and capitalism.

As time went on, music became a representation, a mirror of its original purpose whose aim was to stand as spectacle. This was made possible by the advance of capitalism and technology. Different ticket prices should therefore reflect differences attlai labor. Jan 06, John Levi rated it it was ok Shelves: Or did it have to do with the book’s ostensible subject matter the history of Western classical musicwidely known to be one of the most boring topics in all the world?

But Attali does not want to see people all over the world rise up in open revolution against both private and bureaucratic capitalism: Is there any music here, Attali wonders, or is there only silence?

In short, “representation leads to exchange and harmony.

Attali’s Noise

Narcissus after Echo… the consumer, completing the mutation that began with the tape recorder and photography, will thus become a producer and will derive at least as much of his satisfaction from the manufacturing process itself as from the object he produces. Representing refers to the era of printed music—roughly AD. As the consumption of music and of images becomes ever more privatized and solipsistic, Attali says, it mutates into a practice of freedom:.


Attali goes back as far as the middle ages to show 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.

The alienation of life made bearable by a promise of eternity. Sacrificing makes us forget that we could be free. Mar 22, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

Aug 11, Sol Rezza rated it it was amazing. I read it for the first time in many years, in order to see how well it holds up in the 21st century. The presence of noise makes sense, makes meaning. The artist was born, at the same time that his work went on sale…” Attali, We won’t be satisfied with simple “conquest” of our own “bodies” and “potentials”: And yet Attali is canny enough to want to make clear that this fourth stage will directly answer and satisfy the human needs — totally ignored by capitalism — that situationist theory and practice so successfully exposed.

First the labor of creation composition is assigned monetary value, then so is interpretation performance. And as a bonus, it’s not nearly as obtuse as most contemporary French philosophy. They stockpile what they want to find the time to hear. There must be a scapegoat a sacrificial victim toward whom we channel the violence that we sacrifice. During this period, notation which could be thought of as a highly coded, written guide to how music should be sounded was replaced by recording which is the sounding of music, trapped and preserved on vinyl, tape or disc.

The divine rights of kings give way to liberty and representative government. Musical movements like Russolo’ futurism are revolutionary for emancipating noise from the bourgeois romantic musical tradition.