It’s the Futurist Musical Legacy on KUSF-in-Exile Spotlight this Sunday from 6-8 PM, San Francisco time.
Futurism was founded in 1909 by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti. Headquartered in Italy, the movement wanted to revolutionize all aspects of life and art. In their attempt to tear away from the past, they celebrated machines, factories, transportation, war, new technologies and communications while working in all areas of art, including painting, sculpture, poetry, literature, architecture, dance, theater, cuisine, fashion and music, the focus of this show.
The Futurist composer Luigi Russolo built noise instruments (intonarumori) that imitated various categories of noises, such as rumbling, gurgling, scraping, roaring, and hissing. Other composers such as Francesco Balilla-Pratella and Franco Casavola used new harmonies, rhythms and other techniques to modernize music. Soon, their experiments became internationally influential, particularly in Russia (with composers such as Alexander Mosolov) and America (where Edgar Varèse, Leo Ornstein, and George Antheil were accused of exhibiting Futurist tendencies).
Futurist music is hosted by Nikolai Sadik-Ogli