With noise is born disorder and its opposite: the world. With music is born power and its opposite: subversion. In noise an be read the codes of life, the relations among men. Clamor, Melody, Dissonance, Harmony; when it is fashioned by man with specific tools, when it invades man’s time, when it becomes sound, noise is the source of purpose and power, of the dream—Music.
—Jacques Attali, Noise: The Political Economy of Music