Instruments | Noise-Intoners | Modern Era | Classical
A notable entry into the field of electronic music was made by Luigi Russolo and Ugo Piatti. Members of the Futurist movement, they developed a family of machines called ‘noise-intoners’. One of these contained a wheel with a rosined or toothed circumference, which could be brought into contact with a string, whose tension could be varied and which was attached to a diaphragm. In another, the diaphragm was struck by a beater. The result was a pounding and groaning electronic hurdy-gurdy. One gramophone recording of their performance survives; the instruments themselves were destroyed in World War II.
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