'Music the Dead Can Hear:' Theosophical Presences in Luigi Russolos Art of Noises

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 3:00 p.m.
Venue: ATC 3.805B
Admission: Free
Season: 2014-15

Musicologist, composer, and performer Luciano Chessa (San Francisco Conservatory of Music) is the author of Luigi Russolo, Futurist: Noise, Visual Arts, and the Occult (2012). Chessa’s study and his lecture present a completely new reading of the mechanical sound synthesizers— the intonarumori— painter/musician Luciano Chessa and Scot Gresham-Lancaster will perform in the new recording studio space of the Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building on the campus of UT Dallas. This intimate setting is a place to discover the direct audio transmissions from two diverse sonic creators. Luciano and Scot promise to surprise you…one of many creative disturbances coming your way.

Luigi Russolo created beginning in 1913. Chessa, along with other Italian scholars, has reestablished the previously unacknowledged prominence of occultism, including Theosophy, in early 20th-century Italian culture. There it operated in tandem with contemporary scientific ideas about X-rays and wireless telegraphy—all with an emphasis on waves and vibrations and their new communicative potential. With that background he argues that both Russolo’s noise aesthetics and its practical manifestation—the intonarumori—were for him and his Futurist associates elements of a multi-leveled experiment to reach higher states of spiritual consciousness.

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Charlotte Mason
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