He made Noise… Art
February 15, 2020
Luigi Russolo – Futurist<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Imagine a time where the only booming sounds you would hear came from Mother Nature's thunderstorm's . Ferocious in its power , gorgeous in its sky light displays. Normal everyday Life was silent normalcy for centuries …. and then came the steam engine…factories blossomed… the world would dramatically change for decades into the early twentieth-century .
Luigi Carlo Filippo Russolo was an Italian artist born in April 1885 . His interests in art grew greater as a teenager, creating many paintings . Russolo’s first opportunity occurred in Milan 1909, displaying his etchings to the public which gave him some notoriety. The following year he would join the Manifesto of Futurist Painters, this was a group which shouted for a rebellion to all young artists of Italy against the old idealisms’ that were embedded into the countries beliefs. Russolo was that guy who grabbed your attention with obscene or strange artwork and vocal disturbance.
Music Visionary<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Russolo's father was an organist for Portogruaro Cathedral. Additionally Russolo's two brothers attended a Milan Conservatory ( Music College) . Brought up into a musical family presence would inspire Russolo to create interesting music presentations . In 1913 , a profound short-book he called " The Art of Noises" where he voiced his thoughts and opinions of music shifting to environmental sounds of machinery and songbirds… and the fact that the human ear acknowledging these sounds as routine or common . In hindsight he was a Music Visionary . Russolo is calling for a new platform of Sounds , future possibilities , an alternative if you will . It was through his determination and ambition in developing a field of instruments that could reproduce Sounds heard from a factory, a creature, a rifle, and so on. In 1914, Russolo performed a string of events which enraged members of the audience and others debated these type of events as outrageous, creative confusion, or brilliance.
Paint it Disturbance
Russolo had to hold off all his projects due to the global war years ending in 1918. Additionally he was injured during this time period, however he was able to recover and focus on his instrumental inventions. It should be noted Russolo is regarded to many as the first noise music maker. A strange appearance to all that gathered to watch these group of gadgets which Russolo named them “Intonarumori “. And the sounds were disturbing to the ear, especially to those who held Beethoven close to the heart. Many of Russolo’s instruments did not survive the second world war. Replicas were made yes, but the originals are gone. Today we celebrate his wisdom and talents as an artist of the times. His works would inspire a music industry opening a doorway to several new genres during the twentieth century.