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Sound and Noise and Sound

I usually reserve this space of posts for the examination of a point much more discoursed, but there is a quote that simply haunts me since the recent night that I read it:

The real and fundamental difference between sound and noise can be reduced to this alone: noise is generally much richer in harmonics than sound…this is the reason for the great variety of timbres of noise in comparison to the more limited ones of sound.

Luigi Russolo, L’ art de bruits. Manifest de futuriste de 1913.

Found in Music and Discourse: Towards a Semiology of Music, Nattiez