On Saturday 9th March 1 – 4pm ‘metamedia’ celebrated the 100th anniversary of the futurist  ‘art of noises’ manifesto at DIVAcontemporary Studio.

On March 9, 1913, during our bloody victory over four thousand passé-ists in the Costanzi Theater of Rome, we were fist-and-cane-fighting in defense of your Futurist Music, performed by a powerful orchestra, when suddenly my intuitive mind conceived a new art that only your genius can create: the Art of Noises, logical consequence of your marvelous innovations.

Luigi Russolo – opening paragraph of his letter to Francesco Balilla Pratella.

metamedia are:
Mandy Rathbone –
David Rogers –
Joe Stevens –
with MacBook Pro as ‘The Voice’ accompanied by the G3G5iMAC orchestra.



1.15 – 1.45pm     live/recorded sound intervention
Mandy Rathbone, David Rogers,  Joe Stevens and The Voice

1.45 – 2.00pm    interval

2.00  – 2.30pm  improvised live/recorded broadcast

art of noises [part 1]
Mandy Rathbone, David Rogers and The Voice

2.30 – 3.00pm     interval

3.00 – 3.30pm   improvised live/recorded broadcast

art of noises [part 2]
David Rogers and Joe Stevens

‘suoni dal futuro musicisti’
by the Staff (ages undisclosed) and Children (ages 2 – 4yrs)
of St. Ronans Pre-School. recorded and mixed by
David Rogers from an idea by Joe Stevens

3.30 – 3.45pm     interval

3.45 – 4.00pm    ‘MAKEaNOISE’ live broadcast

‘go out with a bang!’
by the audience.

On 11 March 1913, Russolo issued his manifesto L’arte dei rumori (The Art of Noises), dedicated to fellow Futurist composer Francesco Balilla Pratella. Expanded into book form in 1916, it theorized the inclusion of incidental noise into musical composition. With Ugo Piatti, he later invented the intonarumori, noise-emitting machines that allowed the modification of tone and pitch. In 1913-14, Russolo conducted his first Futurist concerts with numerous intonarumori. Audiences in Milan, Genoa and London reacted with enthusiasm or open hostility. Russolo started to contribute to the magazine Lacerba, where in 1914 he published his Grafia enarmonica per gl’intonarumori (Enharmonic Notation for Futurist Intonarumori), which introduced a new and influential form of musical notation.
Micaela Mantegani – UBUWEB

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