If one doesn’t do everything completely standard and at the same level, people get disoriented. It’s a kind of cultural compression going on, similar to audio compression, where everything has to be “punched up” to the same intensity or people feel lost. What the fuck is so wrong with being lost?

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Photo of Russolo, Ugo Piatti and their \u201Cnoise intoners\u201D


“Photo of Russolo, Ugo Piatti and their “noise intoners” (intonarumori), Milan circa 1920.

These were invented in 1914 to correspond with the theories outlined in this essay. There were ultimately 27 different types of intoners, each producing a unique sound in one of the six “families” listed, including “howlers”, “exploders”, “crumplers”, “hissers”, “scrapers”, etc. Russolo performed several concerts with these in the 1920’s.”- The Niuean Pop Culture Archive