Saturday, November 14, 2009


intonarumore \ēn-ˌtōn-ä-rü-ˈmohr-ā\ noun: one of a family of mechanical noise-generating musical instruments invented by Italian Futurist Luigi Russolo
plural intonarumori

Etymology: Italian intonare to intone + rumore noise

Composer/musicologist Luciano Chessa recreated sixteen of Russolo's intonarumori and presented them at a concert this past Thursday at New York City’s Town Hall concert venue. It was a maddening, exilarating performance. If you want to learn more about these mesmerizing instruments, here’s Wikipedia’s article on the intonarumori.

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