Russolo was born April 30th, 1883 into a musical family, but decided to become a painter upon moving to Milan at the age of sixteen. He first exhibited a group of etchings in 1909 at the Famiglia Artistica, where he met Boccioni and Carrà. Together they persuaded Marinetti of the potential for Futurist painting.

Despite this early involvement Russolo painted few works as a Futurist. His principal involvement was as a musician, calling for the integration of unconventional sounds into musical compositions. He developed new instruments called intonarumori (‘noise-intoners’) to replicate the booms, hissing and buzzing of the machine age. He brought his controversial performances to London in 1914 and these expanded to major concerts in the 1920s.

Russolo spent an increasing amount of time in Paris during this decade, perfecting and inventing other instruments. These included the Russolofono, a keyboard capable of combining the sounds of individual intonarumori. Between 1931 and 1933 Russolo studied occult philosophy in Spain. He began to paint once more during the 1940s, holding one-man exhibitions in Como and Milan. He died in 1947.


Luigi Russolo Discography Tracks


Various Risvegli Di Una Città and 1 more… Various - Musica Futurista (Comp) Multhipla Records Italy 1980 Sell This Version
Various Veglio Di Una Citta Various - Dada For Now (A Collection Of Futurist And Dada Sound Works) (Comp) ARK UK 1985 Sell This Version
Various Risveglio Di Una Cita (1913) Various - Futurism & Dada Reviewed (Comp) LTM (4) UK 2000 Sell This Version
Various Corale Various - An Anthology Of Noise & Electronic Music / First A-Chronology 1921-2001 (Comp) Sub Rosa Belgium 2002 Sell This Version
LC002 Various Risveglio Di Una Città (1914) Various - Futurismo - A Questionable Compilation(File, MP3, Comp) Earlabs LC002 Netherlands 2003
CDCD5067 Various Corale and 1 more… Various - Forbidden Planets Volume Two (More Music From The Pioneers Of Electronic Sound)(2xCD, Comp, Album) Chrome Dreams CDCD5067 UK 2011 Sell This Version
LTMCD 2569 Various Risveglio Di Una Città Various - A Young Person's Guide To The Avant-Garde (Music And Modernism In The 20th Century)(2xCD, Album, Comp) LTM (4) LTMCD 2569 UK 2013 Sell This Version
CDFL-1642 Various Corale Various - Antología De La Música Electrónica Y Del Arte Del Ruido(2xCD, Comp) Independent Recordings CDFL-1642 Mexico 2015 Sell This Version
AMR 6049 Various Corale and 1 more… Various - Collection Musique Concrète Volume 8(11xFile, MP3, Comp, 320) Sinetone AMR AMR 6049 2016
OI026 Various Ululatore and 4 more… Various - L'Italia E Nel Mondo(2xLP, Comp, Unofficial, Del) modern silence OI026 Europe 2017 Sell This Version


none Marolo Risveglio Di Una Cita Marolo - Noise Retrospective 1913-2007(File, MP3, Mixed, Unofficial, 160) Spannered none UK 2007
SR 281 DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid* Corale / FTP > Bundle/Conduit 23 DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid* - Sound Unbound Audio Companion: Excerpts And Allegories From The Sub Rosa Archives(CD, Album, Mixed) Sub Rosa SR 281 Belgium 2008 Sell This Version
978-0-262-63363-5 Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid* Corale / FTP > Bundle/Conduit 23 Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid* - Sound Unbound (Sampling Digital Music And Culture)(CD, Mixed) The MIT Press 978-0-262-63363-5 US 2008 Sell This Version
STJ 100 Dadub Risveglio Di Una Città Dadub - Secret Thirteen Mix 100(File, MP3, Mixed, 320) Secret Thirteen Journal STJ 100 Lithuania 2013


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August 2, 2014
incomparably brilliant; sonic artifice so advanced as to be unidentifiable as art to the general public in its day. Possibly more challenging than any harsh noise excoriation because of the context and age of its sounding.
Look into his eyes: "you-don't-a-like-it?! --Buono!"

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