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

Instruments & Performance

5KJ-06 Petri Kuljuntausta Ex Post Facto Petri Kuljuntausta - Petri Kuljuntausta(DVD-A, Album, Ltd, S/Edition) Petri Kuljuntausta 5KJ-06 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
OPERPRODUKT18 YAO 91404 D YAO 91404 D - Stahlwinterbosheit(CDr, Ltd, Num) Operator Produkzion OPERPRODUKT18 Russia 2007 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

LPX 13708 Mensáros László Részlet A „Futurista Festők Kiáltványá”-ból Mensáros László - A XX. Század (1-2. Rész)(LP) Hungaroton LPX 13708 Hungary 1971 Sell This Version
ZeBrokenEgg Macchina Tipografica (Russolo Remixed) ZeBrokenEgg - Sur Le Front (MiniAlbum) Pavillon36 Recordings France 2009 Sell This Version
Luigi Russolo Luigi Russolo - Sept Pièces Musicales Bruitistes Les Éditions Marguerite Waknine France 2010 Sell This Version
none Voice Electronic Duo* Intonarumori (as Luiggi Russolo) Voice Electronic Duo* - Son(CD, Album) Sojuz Emiter Records none Poland 2010 Sell This Version
The Orchestra Of Futurist Noise Intoners Fragment From Risveglio Di Una Citta The Orchestra Of Futurist Noise Intoners - The Orchestra Of Futurist Noise Intoners (Album) Sub Rosa Belgium 2013 Sell This Version
BARF04 Wilmington Sound Orchestra Wilmington Sound Orchestra - Plays Russolo(CDr, EP, Num) Bad At Raving Foundation BARF04 US 2016 Sell This Version

Featuring & Presenting

PR 11-89 / PR1289 Psychic Rally Psychic Rally - 11-89/12-89(2xCass, Mixed, C60) Psychic Rally PR 11-89 / PR1289 Switzerland 1990 Sell This Version


6510 020 Pierre Henry Pierre Henry - Futuristie(LP, Album, Gat) Philips 6510 020 France 1980 Sell This Version
Volume 4 Number 2, Vol.4 No.2 Various Various - Improvised Music & Sound Works(Cass, Album, C70) Audio Arts, Audio Arts Volume 4 Number 2, Vol.4 No.2 UK 1980 Sell This Version
KVA 001, i-light 030CD Various Various - The Abduction Of The Art Of Noise(CD, Album, Mono) Karvavena, Iris Light Records KVA 001, i-light 030CD UK 2004 Sell This Version
Ayn Rand Ayn Rand - Anthem LibriVox US 2007

Acting, Literary & Spoken

ROTORCD0033-BOOK Vivenza Vivenza - Fondements Bruitistes(2xCD, Album, Dlx, RM) Rotorelief ROTORCD0033-BOOK France 2015 Sell This Version


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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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