Attali’s Noise needs a new chapter. This new chapter ought to think through today’s political economy of music. Music, it seems, is distributed, produced and disseminated in ways quite different from when Attali was writing in 1978. Changes in the technological means of the production of recording, the production of listening publics and the means of listening mean that the musical commodity has undergone a dramatic shift. Internet-based forms of distribution have changed the musical commodity in kind; tracing out what this means for how value is extracted from music-as-commodity is something I’m keenly interested in and just beginning to think through.
The article below has some interesting research on the mechanics of how this process now takes place; if anyone has any resources on the contemporary political economy of music (specifically on Spotify, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Youtube, etc), to share, that would be great!