Noise and Politics – TechNet Mix

The following samples are taken from the book
Noise: The Political Economy of Music by Jacques Attali. The open ended ideas in the writing can be used to comment on any form of music, but we have found it useful to connect it to the subversive, autonomous and political implications of techno.
It is a book of contradictions and enigmas – not least those concerning the author himself: a former advisor to François Mitterand he was lately the Head of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development before he was forced to resign from his post because of scandals surrounding the amount of funds he had spent on furnishings for his office in Broadgate and his own private jet plane.
With this in mind Noise is the testament to the way that it is possible to use language to fabricate an aura of radicalism whilst remaining reactionary (ie. He is an academic). Or the book may be a heartfelt outburst, the secret scribblings of an
aide tramping the corridors or power and smelling smoke…
Or…a book 132 pages long.

      Our science has always desired to monitor, measure, abstract, and castrate meaning, forgetting that life is full of noise and that death alone is silent…Noise bought, sold or prohibited ( “wholly or predominantly characterised by an emission of repetetive beats” – Clauses 58/60 CJB)…Nothing essential happens in the absence of noise. [Read more →]