Third Level

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:
Third Level

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Beyond the process of spiritualizing/sanctifying the noise (first level) and that of synthesizing different noises into unity (second level), Russolo contemplated a third level. During the creative process described so far, the inspired artist is transported to a higher plane of consciousness, which allows him to comprehend the world from a privileged point of view. At this stage the artist enters a new level, one in which he can communicate with the spirits of the dead he has conjured up, who fluctuate in the same plane, awaiting reincarnation. The intonarumori were thus intended as a portal to the beyond; the disturbing brute materiality of their noise was the call that conjured the spirits—a futurist, simultaneous, and dynamic call which was to guide the artist-creator in his process of transformation.

Keywords: Luigi Russolo; intonarumori; futurist; noise

Chapter.  6182 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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