Noise (ThoughtStorms)

Just starting to read this book by JacquesAttali

My current interpretation of this is on my blog :


Essentially, Noise is a "political economy" of music. It describes the economic system which creates music : the musicians, the patrons, the audience. Thus it's an analysis of politics, economics and music allowing each to illuminate the others.

An important idea of "Noise" is that music heralds. What does this mean? Why should music "herald"?

For Attali, music is "ritualized sacrifice". Which I suppose can be taken to mean something which is costly but non-productive. Music heralds because it is the most virtual of the arts. So when new ideas of political economy or of organization arise, they tend to find a home in the political economy of music earlier than in other fields.


Now moved to MusicHeralds

Another quick summary

Quick thoughts :

Capitalism and American Experimental Electronic music :

See also :

(Also IAmNeverGoingToGetFamousWithMyWiki (for more on the supply chain in music and OnlineWriting, and of course, fame)