Page 1. Page 2. Page 3. Page 4. Page 5. Page 6. Page 7. Page 8. Page 9. Page Page Page Page Page Page Page Page Page IBM Watson Fellow Kirk Pearson revisits Luigi Russolo’s futurist manifesto The Art of Noises in light of his global search for musical inventors. Dreadful racket: Luigi Russolo and the intonarumori, Later published in book form as L’arte dei rumori (‘The Art of Noises’), this began with a survey of.

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The Art of Noise (futurist manifesto, ) by Luigi Russolo

Even before John Cage’s embracing of noise after all, Cage was a new-born babe when this manifesto was writtenthere was Russolo. A rated it liked it Feb 17, We note, in fact, in the composers of genius, a tendency towards the most complicated dissonances.

This variety of tones will not remove the characteristic tone from each noise, ruszolo will amplify only its texture or extension. Recently, the poet Marinetti, in a letter from the trenches of Adrianopolis, described to me with marvelous free words the orchestra of a great battle:. Views Read Edit View history.

The noise instruments he invented fascinated and infuriated his contemporaries, and he was among the earliest musicians to put the often-discussed microtone to regular practical use in Western music.

To convince ourselves of the amazing variety of noises, it is enough to think of the rumble of thunder, the whistle of the wind, the roar of a waterfall, the gurgling of a brook, the rustling of leaves, the clatter of a trotting horse as it draws into the distance, the lurching jolts of a cart on pavings, and of the lulgi, solemn, white breathing of a nocturnal city; of all the noises made by wild and domestic animals, and of all those that can be made by the mouth of man without resorting to speaking or singing.

As these move further and further away from pure sound, they almost achieve noise-sound. Some, but probably not the majority? For me, this has always been a metaphysical image, not a Futurist one, and I still prefer to view it outside its specific musicological context. And so modern music goes round in this small circle, struggling in vain to create new ranges of tones.


Every noise has a tone, and sometimes also a harmony that predominates over the body of its irregular vibrations. And so, bolder than a professional musician could be, unconcerned by my apparent incompetence and convinced that all rights and possibilities open up to daring, I noixes been able rudsolo initiate the great renewal of music by means of the Art of Noises. The most complex orchestras boil down to four or five types of instrument, varying in timber: Today music, as it becomes continually more complicated, strives to amalgamate the most dissonant, strange and harsh sounds.

Not only in the roaring atmosphere of major cities, but in the country too, which until yesterday was totally silent, the machine today has created such a variety and rivalry of noises that pure sound, in its exiguity and monotony, no longer ary any feeling. This corresponds to a need in our sensibility. Noise, however, reaching us thd a confused and irregular way from the irregular confusion of our life, never entirely reveals itself to us, and keeps innumerable surprises in reserve.

Woosh rated it really liked it May 25, Basically, it’s a romantic musical dream laid out in letters and I Sometimes a little reactionary, but especially Russolo and Busoni seem to arg excitingly innovative ideas. Russolo’s views looked forward to the time when composers would exercise an absolute choice and control of the sounds that their music employed.

The Art of Noise (futurist manifesto, 1913)

Noise was really not born before the 19th century, with the advent of machinery. In the end, music is beautiful because it speaks to each individual listener in a different way.

He notes that chords developed gradually, first moving from the “consonant triad to the consistent and complicated dissonances that characterize contemporary music. Let us relish, ruesolo bar to bar, two or three varieties of genuine boredom, waiting all the while for the extraordinary sensation that never comes. Since every noise contains a predominant general tone in its irregular vibrations it will be easy to obtain in the construction of instruments which imitate them a sufficiently extended variety of tones, semitones, and quarter-tones.


Russolo states russo,o ” noise ” first came into existence as the result of 19th century machines.

Let us cross a great modern capital with our ears more alert than our eyes, and we will get enjoyment from distinguishing the eddying of water, air and gas in metal pipes, the grumbling of noises that breathe and pulse with indisputable animality, the palpitation of valves, the coming and going of pistons, the howl of mechanical saws, the jolting of a tram on its rails, the cracking of whips, the flapping of curtains and flags.

Russolo asserts that these are the most basic and fundamental noises, and that all other noises are only associations and combinations of these. He notes that ruesolo has been developing towards a more complicated polyphony by seeking greater variety in timbres and teh colors. To our ears, on the other hand, they sound pleasant, since our hearing has already been educated by modern life, so teeming with variegated noises.

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The Art of Noises

Tasos rated it it was amazing Aug 28, Dear Pratella, I submit these statements to your Futurist genius, inviting your discussion. Noise in fact can be differentiated from sound luibi in so far as the vibrations which produce it are confused and irregular, both in time and intensity. Sometimes a little reactionary, but especially Russolo and Busoni seem to have excitingly innovative ideas. The new orchestra will achieve the most complex and novel aural emotions not by incorporating a succession russolp life-imitating noises but by manipulating fantastic juxtapositions of these varied tones and rhythms.

Today noise reigns supreme over human sensibility…. No trivia or quizzes yet. Russolo took an even more shocking swerve away from tradition.