A Performance by Alessandra Eramo
ROARS_BANGS_BOOMS - Musica Futurista: The Art of Noises
Variation for voice and field recordings from the industrial city of Taranto
Audience voices and onomatopoeic words
Pecorino: Italian cheese made of 100% sheeps's milk
Handmade toothpick flags
Photo projection of industrial landscape of Taranto
1st February 2014, Echo Bücher Berlin
"The variety of noises is infinite. If today, when we have perhaps a thousand different machines, we can distinguish a thousand different noises - tomorrow, as new machines multiply, we will be able to distinguish ten, twenty, or thirty thousand different noises, not merely in a simply imitative way, but to combine them according to our imagination."
from "L'Arte dei Rumori" Luigi Russolo, 1913
"Roars, Thunderings, Explosions, Bangs, Booms..."
The performance is based on Luigi Russolo's statement that the sonic palette of noises, generated by machines and the urban soundscape requires a new approach to musical instrumentation and composition. Therefore noise not only becomes a Leitmotiv in music but it also becomes musical material itself. The list of words that recall different sounds is part of Russolo's Futurist manifesto. These "onomatopoeic" words are the origin of this performance piece: 101 years later, Alessandra Eramo interprets this manifesto using human voices and field recordings from Taranto - her hometown - a beautiful city in Southern Italy, with the largest steel plant and the hightest pollution rates in Europe, in order to create a personal sonic narration of a heavily industrialized place.
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