The Art Of Noises – Luigi Russolo

– Ancient life was all in silence.

– Noise became a byproduct of the industrial revolution.

– Among primitive peoples, sound was attributed to the gods. It was considered sacred and reserved for priests, who used it to enrich their rites with mystery.

– Musical art was preoccupied with caressing the ear with suave melodies.

– Noise-sound.

– Musical Noise.

– Modern man has become desensitized to natural sound due to machines and needs ever increasing sound stimulation to evoke emotion in himself. 

– We want to give pitches to these diverse noises, regulating them harmonically and rhythmically. p.12

– Noise differs from sound, in fact, only to the extent that the vibrations hat produce it are confused and irregular. p.12

– Every noise has a pitch, some even a chord, which predominates among the whole of its irregular vibrations. p.12

– Every manifestation of life is accompanied by noise. Noise is thus familiar to our ear and has the power of immediately recalling life itself. Sound, estranged from life, always musical, something in itself, an occasional not a necessary element, has become for our ear what for the eye is too familiar a sight. Noise instead, arriving confused and irregular from the irregular confusion of life, is never revealed to us entirely and always holds innumerable surprises. p.13


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