Really relevant quotes from the book Noise:The Political Economy of Music, by Jaques Attali, for my Political Economy and Music module. It is really interesting to see how much society, music and culture all influence each other.

Unreal Nature

… With noise is born disorder and its opposite: the world. With music is born power and its opposite: subversion.

This is from Noise: The Political Economy of Music by Jacques Attali (2011; 1977):

… Looking only at the numbers, in certain countries more money is spent on music than on reading, drinking, or keeping clean. Music, an immaterial pleasure turned commodity, now heralds a society of the sign, of the immaterial up for sale, of the social relation unified in money.

… Music makes mutations audible. It obliges us to invent categories and new dynamics to regenerate social theory, which today has become crystallized, entrapped, moribund.

Music as a mirror of society, calls this truism to our attention: society is much more than economistic categories, Marxist or otherwise, would have us believe.

Music is more than an object of study: it is a way of perceiving the world. A…

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