2009 Student Research Conference:
22nd Annual Student Research Conference

Pericolo del Nord: An Examination and Recreation of Italian Futurist Music
Katie Cox
Dr. Marc Rice, Faculty Mentor

Luigi Russolo's "noise-music" is the most widely recognized incarnation of Futurist music in early twentieth-century Italy. Committed to questioning and redefining social and cultural norms, the Futurist movement enjoyed a short-lived and little appreciated progression from the visual arts and literature to music. Russolo combined early literary themes of the movement with his intonarumori ("noise-intoners") to create new musical ideas. Little primary evidence remains from his work, but through the examination of secondary sources, models, and recreations, we can reconstruct the sounds that made up Russolo's ideal music.

Keywords: Russolo, intonarumori, Futurism, Italy, music, poetry


Presentation Type: Performance Art

Session: 31-5
Location: OP Performance Hall
Time: 2:15

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