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

Luciano Chessa


Recently there has been a growing interest in the work of the Italian futurist painter, composer, and maker of musical instruments Luigi Russolo (1885–1947). As the author of the first systematic aesthetics of noise and the alleged creator of the first mechanical sound synthesizer, Russolo is increasingly regarded as a key figure in the evolution of twentieth-century music. Adopting as its unifying leitmotif Russolo's interest in the occult throughout his life, this biography demonstrates that the occult arts were the foundation upon which the superstructure of his art of noises was erected, s ... More

Keywords: Russolo, futurism, Italian, Art of Noises, theosophy, synesthesia, noise, electronic, occult, x-rays

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780520270633
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520270633.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Luciano Chessa, author