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Author Chessa, Luciano, 1971-

Title Luigi Russolo, Futurist : noise, visual arts, and the occult / Luciano Chessa
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (297 pages)
Contents PART ONE. Luigi Russolo from the Formative Years to 1913; 1. Futurism as a Metaphysical Science; 2. Occult Futurism; 3. Spotlight on Russolo; 4. Painting Noise: La musica; 5. Russolo and Synesthesia; 6. Russolo's Metaphysics; PART TWO. The Art of Noises and the Occult; 7. Intonarumori Unveiled; 8. The Spirali di Rumori; 9. The Arte dei "Romori"; 10. Controversial Leonardo; 11. Third Level; Conclusion: Materialist Futurism?; Notes
Summary Luigi Russolo (1885-1947)--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. As creator of the first systematic poetics of noise and inventor of what has been considered the first mechanical sound synthesizer, Russolo looms large in the development of twentieth-century music. In the first English language study of Russolo, Luciano Chessa emphasizes the futurist's interest in the occult, showing it to be a leitmotif for his life and a foundation for his art of noises. Chessa shows that Russolo's aesthetics of noise, and the machines he called the intonarumori, were intended to boost practitioners into higher states of spiritual consciousness. His analysis reveals 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject Russolo, Luigi -- Criticism and interpretation.
Futurism (Music)
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2011046516
ISBN 0520270649
0520951565 (electronic bk.)
9780520951563 (electronic bk.)