The Art of Noise: Destruction of Music By Futurist Machines

Luigi Russolo

The music and noise manifestos of the Italian Futurists formed a blueprint for sonic warfare waged against traditionalism, a radical new agenda played out with machines primed for maximal acoustic destruction and aimed at the negation of all existing value systems. THE ART OF NOISE collects together these and other writings for the first time in English, showing how the origins of modern noise music actually date from a century ago, forming an invaluable insight into Futurist thought and its most enduring and relevant legacies, and revealing how an understanding of noise-art is key to a complete comprehension of Futurist painting. THE ART OF NOISE includes five key Futurist manifestos: Luigi Russolo’s “The Art of Noises” and "The Futurist Noise Machines”, and Francesco Balilla Pratella’s "Manifesto of Futurist Musicians”, "Technical Manifesto of Futurist Music”, and "Destruction of Quadrature”; plus Carlo Carrà’s related sensory manifesto "The Painting of Sounds, Noises and Smells”; Bruno Corra’s notes on "Chromatic Music”; proto-Futurist Ferrucchio Busoni’s visionary and influential "Sketch for a New Aesthetic of Sound Art”; a historical introduction on Futurist music and its legacy; and a chronology of Futurist music and noise.

Miguel Isaza M

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