The <i>Spirali di Rumori</i>

Luciano Chessa

in Luigi Russolo, Futurist

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780520270633
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520951563 | DOI:
The Spirali di Rumori

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On November 1, 1913, Lacerba published Russolo's article “Conquista totale dell'enarmonismo mediante gli intonarumori futuristi” (Total conquest of enharmonism through the futurist intonarumori). In it, Russolo defines his first two works, Risveglio di Capitale and Convegno d'automobili e d'aeroplani, as reti (networks) of noises. In his 1916 The Art of Noises, Russolo refers to his pieces as spirali di rumori (spirals of noises), without explaining why he had changed his terminology from reti to spirali. Both terms—reti and spirali—refer to the chaotic and dynamic simultaneity of sonic events in Russolo's compositions and thus imply a form of concentration of chaos into unity. But though they were used synonymously, the term spiral is more charged with occult and synesthetic allusions than network, and it immediately transports the hearer into the sinuous, enharmonic line of La musica.

Keywords: Luigi Russolo; reti; spirali; noise; enharmonism; La musica

Chapter.  6054 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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