The Art of Noises
Our initial idea was to make this piece incredibly melodic, and create a modern-day ironic representation of noise. However, later we thought that everyone should be able to play the Intonarumori, not just musicians, because it’s ‘noise’. In order to achieve this, we needed a new notation system different than Russolo’s original. We wanted to stick to the original, but not as much. So first, we numbered all Intonarumori boxes, and sampled hours of audio from them. Created a 10-12 min composition in 2 weeks, and finally created a notation system to represent the composition.We then found musicians who are willing to make noise, and non-musicians who are willing to play. We wanted to maintain the balance, so only 50% of the players were musicians. The notation system worked pretty well except for the timing. We asked the players to do extra-ordinary stuff that are non-musical in every possible way, so timing the hardcore-mechanical stuff and still making it sound like noise was impossible. To address this issue, we decided to have two monitors on stage to tell everyone what to do and when to do. Technically, everything was random, however, it was also planned. So by telling the players what techniques they can use, by not telling them where to use them, and limiting the techniques to parts of the composition, we’ve successfully achieved a planned randomness. There are patterns, but the amount of randomness is enough to make the ultimate noise music.
Festival Photos taken by Andrew Viny
Wats:ON? Festival 2013
Opening Day – The Intonarumori performance took place at Kresge Theater in Carnegie Mellon University on April 4th 2013, and opened the Wats:ON? Festival.
Followed by the concert, renowned Geeta Dayal presented “Signal and Noise: A Brief History of Electronic Music”.
2nd Day – Film historian Jeff Hinkelman presented “What is the Sound of a Pig Dancing?”.3rd Day – Artist Dan Wilcox held the workshop “Bang Your Head: Making Noise with Pure Data”. Closing Day – Jeremy Boyle, Michael Johnsen and Eric Singer performed electronic, electro-mechanical and robotic music.
Followed by, Lesley Flanigan, a NY based experimental electronic musician.