Luigi Russolo, Futurist: Noise, Visual Arts, and the Occult

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University of California Press, Mar 31, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 284 pages
“Luigi Russolo is increasingly being recognized as an important figure in 20th century art and music, and his work deserves to be better understood. Chessa’s archival research and readings of esoteric or otherwise little-known texts are impressive, and he offers a convincing account of the influence of the occult on Russolo and the Futurists in general. This book alters our conception of Russolo, Futurism, and the early artistic avant-garde.”—Christoph Cox, Hampshire College

“This book is timely, and merits the attention of a wider audience. Luigi Russolo, futurista makes a compelling argument that radically revises our views on a major creative figure of the twentieth century. Luciano Chessa provides vast amounts of information on the ideas and trends that influenced the Futurists, and offers a wealth of insight and observations that point the way for further research on avant-garde music and art in the twentieth century.”—Paul DeMarinis, Department of Art and Art History, Stanford University
 

Contents

Introduction
1
Luigi Russolo Autoritratto con teschi 1908
6
Fillìa title page of Arte fascista December 1927
9
Part oNe Luigi Russolo from the Formative Years to 1913
11
Futurism as a Metaphysical science
13
umberto Boccioni Città che sale 191011
29
giacomo Balla Trasformazione forme spiriti 1918
33
5
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overture to Meistersingers sic from Thoughtforms 1901
105
Russolo and synesthesia
110
Russolos Metaphysics
122
Part two The Art of Noises and the occult
135
intonarumori unveiled
137
The ThreeLevel Process
139
The Spirali di Rumori
151
Luigi Russolo musical example from Risveglio di una città 1913 15253
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giacomo Balla Mercurio passa davanti al Sole visto da un cannocchiale 1914
40
occult Futurism
43
spotlight on Russolo
71
Luigi Russolo La musica 191112
77
Luigi Russolo Autoritratto 1940
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Luigi Russolo Maschere 190708
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Luigi Russolo Autoritratto con doppio eterico 1910
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Luigi Russolo Autoritratto con lombra 1920
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Luigi Russolo seduto in mezzo ai suoi rumorarmoni 192428
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Luigi Russolo Ricordi di una notte 1912
91
Luigi Russolo Lineeforza della folgore 1912 central panel
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Annie Besant and Charles W Leadbeater illustrations 22 and 23
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Luigi Russolo Solidità nella nebbia 1912
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Luigi Russolo Compenetrazione di case + luce + cielo 1912
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La musica
98
umberto Boccioni caricature of the futurist serata in treviso on June 2 1911
99
Paolo Buzzi Pioggia nel pineto antidannunziana 1916
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Luigi Russolo Impressione di bombardamento shrapnels e granate 1926
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The Arte dei Romori
169
Leonardo da Vinci Codex Arundel 263 fol 175r
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Luigi Russolo drawing for the patent Intonatore dei rumori 1914
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Luigi Russolo drawing for the patent Descrizione della prima aggiunta al brevetto depositato l8101921
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Luigi Russolo drawing for the patent Apparecchio acustico producente sotto lazione di un rumore qualsiasi dei suoni la cui tonalità e il timbro sono d...
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Luigi Russolo drawing for the patent Instrument de musique 1931
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Leonardo da Vinci sketch of the viola organista Madrid Ms
187
Controversial Leonardo
197
Adolfo De Carolis header for Il Leonardo 1903
203
Third Level
209
Materialist Futurism?
225
Notes
231
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About the author (2012)

Luciano Chessa, a composer and musicologist, teaches music history at the San Francisco Conservatory.