Luigi Russolo’s Cacophonous Futures

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Luigi Russolo’s intonarumori (lever-operated sound machines) and his alignment with the Futurist movement in 20th century Italy made his music the perfect backdrop for the growing fascist movement of the time. The shrieks, sobs, screams, and explosions (among other battle noises) produced by the intonarumori fit the futurist fetishisation of violence in creating art divorced from imitation and revitalising society. The Futurists’ manifesto aligned quite well with the Italian fascist goal of reinvigorating society through violent acts, so many Futurists were drawn to it and participated in fascist art shows. Read full article here

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