NoiseSpeech, a Noise of Living Bodies: towards Attali's 'Composition'

Roger Dean

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    This article concerns the development of NoiseSpeech, a category of sonic noise in which the impact (though not the verbal meaning) of speech, is apparent. NoiseSpeech can be made by computer-mediated processing of sounds, verbal and non-verbal, such that they have some of the acoustic properties of speech. Cognitively, these sounds often seem to be derived from speech, and notably, may elicit some of its emotive and individual features. They align with the underground genre of noise and laptop music, which is continuous with some aspects of electronica and dance. I argue that NoiseSpeech may be close to a fulfilment of Jacques Attali's almost utopian concept of 'Composition', a kind of music which largely evades commodification and 'announces' the spectra of future social interactions: it invents its language as well as its message. NoiseSpeech is possibly closer to Composition than Atttali's originally postulated examples of Punk and Free jazz. The article also presents multiple voices in a fictocritical array of noisy speakers.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-12
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of New Media and Culture
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


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