- that Italian Futurist from the early 20th century whose 1913 Noise Machines (Intonarumori) and musical manifesto had an immense influence on generations of musicians looking to push the boundaries of sound. We’re hard pressed to think of a more fitting way to pay homage to the legendary sound Futurist than to have brilliant sound maverick (and collaborator on our Sound Taxi project) create a Russolo-inspired installation.
'Garden of Russolo’ is the name of Suzuki’s innovative installation, which is comprised of a set of five machines that all interact with ambient sound in different ways. The machines, which were located at the Victoria & Albert's Sackler Centre, prompted the museum’s visitors to interact with noise and through this challenge the museum’s convention for ‘reverential silence.’
Some of the machines serve basic functions, such as the reversing of sound or allowing a user to speed up or slow down recorded sounds with the very analog application of a hand crank, while others are more complex; one machine can, for example, raise or lower the pitch of a voice, while another comes equipped with the ability to ‘delete’ a sound with white noise. The final machine, which is perhaps the most ambitious and complex construction, absorbs sound and then subsequently orders it and plays it back to you as music.
Suzuki's pieces carry with them that mischievous sense of playfulness we’ve come to expect from the sound artist while paying homage to Russolo's ‘The Art of Noises’ (L'Arte dei Rumori), the manifesto that called for a new form of noise music way back in 1913.
The Installation is sadly over now, but keep your eyes peeled for Yuri’s next venture, which will in all probability be just as dazzling.
Via Disegno Magazine