On 9 March 2013 metamedia [Mandy Rathbone – David Rogers – Joe Stevens] performed MAKEaNOISE at DIVAcontemporary Studio, Bridport, Dorset. All works presented were specially made to celebrate ‘the art of noise’ 100th anniversary. The four recordings here are studio versions of the performance.
On March 9, 1913, during our bloody victory over four thousand
passé-ists in the Costanzi Theater of Rome, we were fist-and-cane-fighting in defense of your Futurist Music, performed by a powerful orchestra, when suddenly my intuitive mind conceived a new art that only your genius can create: the Art of Noises, logical consequence of your marvelous innovations.
Luigi Russolo - opening paragraph of his letter to Francesco Balilla Pratella.
On 11 March 1913, Russolo issued his manifesto L'arte dei rumori (The Art of Noises), dedicated to fellow Futurist composer Francesco Balilla Pratella. Expanded into book form in 1916, it theorized the inclusion of incidental noise into musical composition. With Ugo Piatti, he later invented the intonarumori, noise-emitting machines that allowed the modification of tone and pitch. In 1913-14, Russolo conducted his first Futurist concerts with numerous intonarumori. Audiences in Milan, Genoa and London reacted with enthusiasm or open hostility. Russolo started to contribute to the magazine Lacerba, where in 1914 he published his Grafia enarmonica per gl'intonarumori (Enharmonic Notation for Futurist Intonarumori), which introduced a new and influential form of musical notation.
Micaela Mantegani – UBUWEB
Three podcasts of the ‘live’ event can be heard at: www.spreaker.com/show/soniccoast