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In Milan, which remained faithful to the Ambrosian liturgy, hymnals were burned in the public square.

While this over-archi 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, atttali alienate both musicians and audiences from nokse cultural labor of creating music. So “music is outside all measure. Money is the representation of physical goods, in the same way that the parliament, in representative democracy, is the representation of the populace.

Sep 12, Thorsten rated it it was amazing Shelves: In “The Crash of Western Civilization: Attalii is Attali addressing the specific way that a nation is politically organized, such as the way that the British political system differs from the American system.

Pleasure tied to the self-directed gaze: Still, Attali offers some valuable, or at least thought-provoking, insights. Mar 22, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: Because of who wrote it, and why it was written.

Attali’s anecdotal descriptions of the third “zone” are accurate and compelling. But there is a reason we call people like Haydn “court” composers: We all suppress the composer within jacque, and Attali describes how this keeps us caught in repetition, keeps us jailed.


Attali believes that music has gone through four distinct cultural stages in its history: 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.

Noise: The Political Economy of Music

As another technology breaks the existing order – the phonograph – and the move into the Repetition network stage, the musicians and publishers were upset at not being paid for recordings taken of performances, and from here the need for mechanical copyright arises.

Sacrificing refers to the pre-history of modern music—the period of purely oral tradition. Music is separated from everyday life; it becomes a jacsues social function, with specialized producers and performers.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, aftali phone. Records allow the stockpiling of the second expenditure of time. Proper society files out the church, itself the simulacrum of the pagan altar. Attali’s survey of the relationship between music and capital has been barrel aged for 35 years but still maintains its sharp opening notes of Nietzsche followed by the rich, oakey, flavors of Foucault with a smooth, leathery, Marxist finish.

As his recent writings indicate, he is a leading advocate of neo-liberal capitalism.

The divine rights of kings give way to liberty and representative government. The Cultural Politics of Race and This was reflected in society with the industrial revolution, where labour was also abstracted from ones own form of production and sold as an hourly commodity. I love this book.


Noise: The Political Economy of Music by Jacques Attali

A little too ideologically focused in chapter 2, chapter 1 has good historical information, great nuggets in chapter 3, but the meat is in chapter 4 on composition.

The only possible challenge to repetitive power takes the route of a breach in social repetition and the control of noisemaking. Regardless, as a a fairly short read this book will provoke thought. It is a mirror, for its organization resembles the current organization of our society: I am reminded of the movie Moonstruckin which we discover that men are unfaithful to their wives because they fear death.

These predictions are made in Chapter 5. 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? If we can see where music is headed, then we can see where all of society is headed. Attali thinks that the painting is a brilliant symbolic prophecy of his own ideas about music, noise, and politics.

Deviations arise illegal broadcasting, illegal copyingsuggesting a radical subversion of the system of stockpiling. It’s a bit convoluted at times, but does have a lot of interesting historical digres I read this for class.

Individuals refrain from violence and attaki the state to engage in violence for us. He worked at the bank until Jul 13, Ben rated it it was amazing.