Double LP £17.49 SRV316
2Lp on Sub Rosa feat. Pauline Oliveros, Blixa Bargeld, Mike Patton, Luigi Russolo etc.
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When I picked this up and looked at the line up (Pauline Oliveros, Blixa Bargeld, Mike Patton, Luigi Russolo, Ulrich Krieger, Margareth Kammerer, Ellen Fullman, Luciano Chessa, Teho Teardo, Pablo Ortiz, etc I thought this is gonna be a difficult one. I wasn’t wrong.
So the story is that the first performance of Luigi Russolo's intonarumori project took place in 1913. Move forward 100 (ish) years and the above folks (and more) have attempted to recreate this piece of music, utilising some of the original instruments which had to be reconstructed for this purpose. It sounds like an awful lot of effort to me.
It’s a difficult listen. It’s an art piece more than anything. I’m mid way through side 1 and it sounds like someone is sawing through the stage whilst someone else is using a pully. It’s barking mad. The end of side one concludes with Luciano Chessa doing some tenor vocals over what sounds like someone building a house. The album is chock full of strange machine sounds, so if you’re into the sounds of machines then you’re in the right place.
The supertstar line up here have created a unique and reasonably uncomfortable listen which is as unsettling as it is interesting. I suspect for an obviously important record like this I’m not going to be able to give it the justice it deserves, so I should probably stop there.
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