At the beginning of the 20th century, when Italian futurist Luigi Russolo began to include “noise” in musical composition, he made a box into a musical instrument. This box, the intonarumori, concealed mysterious mechanisms. Contrary to the intonarumori, the box designed by Alexandre Landry is open. The mechanisms are revealed and perhaps allow us to better understand the music created through the open box. During the piece, intonarumori and clocks are meticulously animated to extract their musical qualities.
Manipulations and mechanical sounds are revealed in the play of crafting noise in real-time. Without tainting their nostalgic quality, digital technologies give a new context to the intonarumori and the old clocks. Thus, we will bring you into our “boxes” for a little while, to share with you the heart of their mechanisms.