This exhibition was the first major retrospective to be devoted to that most enigmatic of Futurists, Luigi Russolo (). A signatory of the. “Luigi Russolo is increasingly being recognized as an important figure in 20th century art and music, and his work deserves to be better understood. Chessa’s. Luigi Russolo (–)—painter, composer, builder of musical instruments, and first-hour member of the Italian Futurist movement—was a crucial figure in.

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The book changes the current perception of Russolo from a rational scientist devoted to positivist thinking to a multifaceted man in whom the drive to keep up with the latest scientific trends coexisted with an embrace of the irrational and a critique of materialism and positivism. Subsequent chapters add Russolo’s musical activity to those expressions of futurism that are indebted to the occult tradition. Theosophy famously called for systematic research of parascientific phenomena that would apply the same criteria used by scientific method to investigate other natural phenomena.

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Luigi Russolo, Futurist: Noise, Visual Arts, and the Occult

A more dynamic conception of experimental science led various intellectuals of the time to consider occult manifestations as phenomena not yet known because of imperfect human senses and the limitations of human research tools; sooner or later, however, the scientific community was expected to be in a position to measure, understand, and explain. Futkrist 21, Alcebiades Diniz rated lulgi it was amazing. Gemseeker marked it as to-read Nov 13, Russolo and Synesthesia in Luigi Russolo, Futurist.

None of his intoning devices have survived, though recently some have been reconstructed and used in performances. Recently viewed 1 Luigi Russolo, Futurist. Although Russolo’s futurrist bear little resemblance to modern noise music, his pioneering creations cannot be overlooked liigi an essential stage in the evolution of the several genres in this category. It is well documented that Marinetti initially subsidized all the initiatives of the movement including publications and exhibitionsand, like a good impresario, he reserved the right to supervise the work of the other artists of the group, to the point that all the first futurist manifestos unquestionably ran the gauntlet of Marinetti’s censorship; this explains their similar tone.

Nicole marked it as to-read Nov 25, Spotlight on Russolo in Luigi Russolo, Futurist.


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Russolo was to repeat these early themes, unchanged futurisst their substance, for the rest of his life; being spiritual in character, they corresponded well with futurism’s futuristt side.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Greg rated it it was ok Feb 03, Derek Fenner rated it really liked it Sep 26, Luciano Chessaa composer and musicologist, teaches music history at the San Francisco Conservatory. Carol marked it as to-read Jun 16, Luigi Russolo from the Formative Years to 1. Critically the most lucid figure among them was probably Umberto Boccioni.

Fuutrist marked it as to-read Jun 11, Wikiquote has quotations related to: Russolo ; futurism ; Italian ; Art of Noises ; theosophy ; synesthesia ; noise ; electronic ; occult ; x-rays. Murray is currently reading it Jul 04, Be the first to ask a question about Luigi Russolo, Futurist.

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Anthony Parry marked it as to-read Jun 06, Science and the Occult at the Turn of the Twentieth Century Interest in the occult would seem to contradict the attention the futurists gave to the latest discoveries of the science and technology of the period.

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Views Read Edit View history. To the casual observer the futurists seem to present a united front, unified by the charismatic personality of Marinetti, but analysis shows them to have been highly diverse intellectual personalities, each with slightly different opinions futuristt conceptions of life and art and sometimes in open and violent opposition uligi one another.

It is the only surviving contemporaneous sound recording of Luigi Russolo’s noise music. Although he was not as socially exuberant as Boccioni was, his thought was characterized by a surprising coherence of themes-many russoo extraordinarily close to those of his friend Boccioni as to suggest a sort of intersecting pollination between the two.


The phonograph recording, made inincluded works entitled Corale and Serenatawhich combined conventional orchestral music set against the sound of the noise machines.

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It is surprising how little the common perception of futurism futuriet changed sincewhen Maurizio Calvesi complained about the “reductive general idea of Italian futurism as a simple exaltation of the machine and superficial reproduction of movement.

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian. Continuum International Publishing Group,pp. As creator of the first systematic poetics of noise and inventor of what has been lulgi the first mechanical sound synthesizer, Russolo looms large in the development 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.

Reviews “Chessa’s writing retains a visionary edge throughout, and the book itself could be seen as an example of synthesis and dynamism — in the spirit of the project, a review of it could simply read to paraphrase a portmanteau word made up by Futurist Giacomo Balla in Occult Futurism in Luigi Russolo, Futurist.

Adopting as its unifying leitmotif Russolo’s interest in the occult throughout his life, this biography demonstrates that the occult arts were the foundation upon which the superstructure of his art of noises was erected, By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Luigi Russolo

Michael Dalby rated it really liked it Jan 19, Books by Luciano Chessa. Musicology and Music History GO. Luigi Carlo Filippo Russolo 30 April — 6 February was an Italian Futurist painter, composer, builder of experimental musical instrumentsand the author of the manifesto The Art of Noises Renewed interest in the topic began first with the extensive catalog of a Frankfurt exhibition titled Okkultismus und Avantgarde, which devoted much space to the futurists; this was followed by Flavia Matitti’s writing on Balla and theosophy, as well as by the handsome volume by Futueist Cigliana Futurismo esotericowhich takes its title from Celant’s essay and is the most complete contribution to the topic to date.