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Luigi Russolo, FuturistNoise, Visual Arts, and the Occult$
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Luciano Chessa

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520270633

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520270633.001.0001

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Third Level

Third Level

(p.209) Chapter 11 Third Level
Luigi Russolo, Futurist

Luciano Chessa

University of California Press

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

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