Valerio Tricoli | Graham Foundation | Experimental | Chicago Reader
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On this visit to Chicago, Berlin-based sound artist Valerio Tricoli celebrates the centennial of Luigi Russolo’s famous Futurist manifesto “The Art of Noises,” which anticipated the huge shifts that lay ahead for music making—predicting not just the introduction of unconventional sounds but also the sea changes to be brought about by electronics. Tricoli will perform two works commissioned for the occasion by experimental-music presenter Lampo. The first, “An Homage to Luigi Russolo,” is a live improvisation using simple mechanical devices, electronics, found sounds, and vocals to imitate some of the roaring, pounding, hissing, grinding, and gurgling noises produced by Russolo’s hand-built ensemble of unconventional instruments, called Intonarumori. “Solidita Della Nebbia” is a four-channel tape piece inspired by a 1912 Russolo painting of the same name, which uses samples manipulated by reel-to-reel tape machines and electronic filters to sound like Intonarumori. Sound sources for both pieces include prepared horns and cellos, homemade long-string instruments with electric motors attached, and household objects. —Peter Margasak



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