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INTONARUMORI ORCHESTRA: Atsuhhiro Ito, Otomo Yoshihide, Sachiko M, Toshimaru Nakamura, Tetuzi Akiyam
Conceived and built in 1913 by the futurist painter Luigi Russolo as a logical extrapolation from his groundbreaking manifesto 'The art of noises', the intonarumori was a family of 12 mechanical instruments that could produce different kinds of controllable noise: the howler, the roarer, the crackler, the rubber, the hummer, the gurgler, the hisser, the whistler, the burster, the croaker and the rustler. There are no surviving plans, and no surviving instruments (all were destroyed in WW2). The current replica instruments - made in 1986 for a project in Tama Art University, Japan - comprise 6 of these, seemingly built without the glissando faculty of the originals, but still offering a very interesting array of unidentifiable acoustic rather than electronic, sounds. At least one can begin to imagine what these extraordinary instruments might have done. The 6 compositions here - one by each of the participants - explore some of these possibilities. Atsuhiru Ito and Otomo Yoshihide's, also the most complex and noisy, seem to me to be the most successful. Very skimpy notes accompany the CD, but it's an interesting and unusual project.