by Jaques Attali

Ed. University of Minnesota Press / Presses Universitaires de France

Recommended by the artist and composer Alexei Monroe.

Why You Recommend It?

“This is a key theoretical text, complex yet still more accessible than much contemporary theory. It was a key influence on many industrial groups in the 1980s, informing their approach to sound, genre and noise”. 


“Noise is a model of cultural historiography. . . . In its general theoretical argument on the relations of culture to economy, but also in its specialised concentration, Noise has much that is of importance to critical theory today.” “For Attali, music is not simply a reflection of culture, but a harbinger of change, an anticipatory abstraction of the shape of things to come. The book’s title refers specifically to the reception of musics that sonically rival normative social orders. Noise is Attali’s metaphor for a broad, historical vanguardism, for the radical soundscapes of the western continuum that express structurally the course of social development.”

Jacques Attali is the author of numerous books, including Millennium: Winners and Losers in the Coming World Order and Labyrinth in Culture and Society.

Jacques Attali is a French economist and scholar. From 1981 to 1991, he was an advisor to President François Mitterrand. He subsequently cast doubt on Mitterrand’s past as a mid-level Vichy government functionary in his retrospective of Mitterrand’s career, C’était François Mitterrand, published in 2005.

In April 1991 he became the first President of the London-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the financial institution established by western governments to assist the countries of eastern and central Europe and the former Soviet Union in their transition to democratic market economies. He worked at the bank until 1993.

In 1998 Attali founded the French non-profit organization PlaNet Finance which focuses on microfinance.


ISBN13: 9780816612871