The Art Of Noise – Music For 16 Futurist Noise Intoners

This video documents Music For 16 Futurist Noise Intoners – an evening-length concert of original scores and newly commissioned compositions for the intonarumori, or ‘noise-intoners’ of 20th century Italian futurist Luigi Russolo

As part of its celebration of the 100th anniversary of Italian Futurism, the Performa 09 biennial, in collaboration with the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) and SFMOMA, invited Luciano Chessa to direct a reconstruction project to produce accurate replicas the legendary instruments (8 noise families of 1-3 instruments each, in various registers) that Russolo built in Milan in the summer of 1913.

As the first instruments capable of creating and manipulating noises through entirely mechanical processes, the intonarumori could be considered to be ancestors to the  electronic synthesizers used today.

3 thoughts on “The Art Of Noise – Music For 16 Futurist Noise Intoners

  1. Machte es einen Ton, der saugt?

    (Sorry, that was a robot translation of a dumb joke)

    I didn’t listen to much of this. At a certain point, I kept thinking we’d hear some low-end from those giant things. Makes me want to build something like that with a giant horn on the front.

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