Productive parasites: thinking of noise as affect

Thompson, Marie (2012) Productive parasites: thinking of noise as affect. Cultural Studies Review, 18 (3). pp. 13-35. ISSN 1446-8123

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Productive Parasites: Thinking of Noise as Affecy
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Drawing from Michel Serres’ notion of the parasite, this article provides a nuanced explanation for noise that distinguishes itself from prevailing negative narratives, which often seek to define noise as unwanted, undesirable or damaging sound. Such narratives have left noise vulnerable to moralising polemics, which construct silence and noise as a dichotomy between the past and present, natural and cultural, relaxing and disturbing, and, fundamentally, good and bad. This article facilitates a reconsideration of noise’s ethical connotations by proposing the notion of noise as affect.

Keywords:Affect, noise, parasites, sound, music, Michel Serres
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W350 Musicology
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Media)
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Deposited On:24 Feb 2015 14:00

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