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The Art of Noise (futurist manifesto, 1913)

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The slim volume of essays, presented here for the first time in English translation, is one of the significant documents of musical aesthetics of this century. If the book itself has remained the province of a mere handful of readers, its ideas, passed on through a variety of later musical and literary movements, became the inspiration for some of the most innovative artis ...more
pamphlet, 15 pages
Published 1967 by Something Else Press
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Ah, the shock of the now as it happened! A really nice collection of manifestos and essays by the Italian Futurists who see sound, noise, and yes music as an important art form that matches up with the visual arts. The early 1900's and yet the manifestos read like from the Punk era. The need to destroy the past to make way for the Present or future is a very enticing idea. Yet, the Italian branch are very much aware of its past, so the tension between the new and its history is pretty exciting. ...more
Sometimes a little reactionary, but especially Russolo and Busoni seem to have excitingly innovative ideas. They are compiled so as to give you a glimpse at the Italian music scene at the time and the Italian's imagination of a new age of music that sadly was never realized in according manner. Makes one wonder to what extent it has been followed up on in the history of modern music, to what extent the ideas have been perfected. Basically, it's a romantic musical dream laid out in letters and I ...more
Russolo's manifesto represents an important turning point in the history of music. Even before John Cage's embracing of noise (after all, Cage was a new-born babe when this manifesto was written), there was Russolo. How many noise-music enthusiasts of today are familiar w/ Italian Futurism? Some, but probably not the majority? Russolo:

"We must replace the limited variety of timbres of orchestral instruments by the infinite variety of timbres of noises obtained through special mechanisms.

"The m
Prepares one to appreciate the 'newest noises of modern war'. Pity that Marinetti's letter has only been reproduced as an excerpt and not in its entirety.
"По-късно Русоло построил четири шумови хармониума, които били клавишни инструменти, използващи комбинация от характеристики от intonarumori-те. Това били предшественици на съвременните “семплиращи" инструменти - и на тези, които имат подбрани вградени звуци."
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i'm not entirely sure this is the right "futurist manifesto" but it seemed like the most likely one.

i read one that i thought was written by visual artists.
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Luigi Russolo — painter, composer, builder of musical instruments, and first-hour member of the Italian Futurist movement — was a crucial figure in the evolution of twentieth-century aesthetics. As creator of the first systematic poetics of noise and inventor of what has been considered the first mechanical sound synthesizer, Russolo looms large in the development of twentieth-century music.
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“As it grows ever more complicated today, musical art seeks out combinations more dissonant, stranger, and harsher for the ear. Thus, it comes ever closer to the noise-sound.” 1 likes
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