Link to an article about this book from 1916 originally written in Italian, there are links to some translations, one from 1986 in English and eine Übersetzung von 1999 in Deutsch.
Quote from the article introducing the book :
"Luigi Russolo anticipated-indeed, he may have precipitated-a whole range of musical and aesthetic notions that formed the basis of much of the avant-garde thought of the past several decades. His ideas were absorbed, modified, and eventually transmitted to later generations by a number of movements and individuals-among them the futurists, the Dadaists, and a number of composers and writers of the nineteen-twenties."
"The near-unanimous consensus is that modular synthesis isn’t for everyone, and that anyone with an interest in dipping a toe into the waters of modular gear should think long and hard before taking the plunge. James Holden is the most forthright: “I’d have a careful think about whether it’s for you. Modulars suit whacked-out music. If you want it for fat dubstep bass I’d honestly just stick to NI plugins. I had a friend of a friend email me: ‘So I’ve got this oscillator and this filter but I can’t make a noise. What am I meant to do?’ The answer? ‘Sell it on eBay, mate…’”
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