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  • Paperback: 125 pages
  • Publisher: Sun Vision Press (31 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983884234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983884231
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 480,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The music and noise manifestos of the Italian Futurists formed a blueprint for sonic warfare waged against traditionalism, a radical new agenda played out with machines primed for maximal acoustic destruction and aimed at the negation of all existing

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ioannis Chatzitheocharis on 21 Jan. 2015
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destruction of music, construction of knowledge
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Buy only if... 8 Jan. 2013
By Eliane Lundberg-Tanaka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
...instead of finding one of many quality public domain versions (l'arte di rumori can be read for free on UbuWeb, for example), you would prefer to pay good money to criminals for a slap-dash product.

For those not familiar with the quality control problems of Julian Hallett / James Willamson's Creation Books family of imprints, of which Sun Vision Press is one, let me give you a quick rundown of the essentials. After the 'flagship' imprint Creation Books was denounced in 2011 by some fifteen of its authors as a fraudulent enterprise, Hallett / Williamson began to furiously publish work by either himself (as 'Candice Black,' 'Jack Hunter,' etc.) or by authors in the public domain, as a means of continuing to hoodwink the 'underground lit' community. Though this risible character is more or less alone in this enterprise, with the occasional legitimizing assist from the academic Stephen Barber, this method of continual public domain re-printing allows him to crank out new books and, he probably hopes, detract from the fact that few living authors are insane or desperate enough to get involved with him.

On that score, you don't even need to venture beyond the cover to realize what this version of the book is going to be about. Firstly, all direct translations from the Italian correctly translate "rumori" as plural, that is, "noises" not "noise." Then there is the silly subtitle, which - in true 'Creation' form - tries to inject an extra bit of "badass-ery" into the subject at hand, though the material in the original is still sufficiently radical without the annoying attempts at holding up giant cue cards marked "APPLAUD HERE" or whatever.

In short, there is no reason to own this unless you absolutely HAVE to impress someone by being seen with a physical copy in your hands. And, even then, you'll want to make sure the person you aim to impress is not wise to the antics of Creation Books, Sun Vision Press, Solar Books, Elektron E-books, and the million other imprints used to finance Mr. Hallett's sad and self-delusional life.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Intriguing collection of essays. 30 Jan. 2013
By Jonathan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be an intriguing collection of essays of the early 20th century Italian futurists. The other reviewer, Eliane Lundberg-Tanaka, who gave this 1 star, expounding in bitter vitriol, seems to be less concerned with the content of the book and more angered by some extenuating publisher's quarrel. Don't listen to him. This book expanded my conception of music and offered lasting insight. I picked it up in Houston at Domy books in Montrose off Westheimer. Cool to see it on amazon but I think the only review so far is an angered digression at best and should be ignored. Give this a shot if you enjoy philosophical texts on music and noise; I sure enjoyed it. There's only one other book currently available which contains writings of the Italian futurists that I know of, which is here on Amazon as well, titled "Luigi Russolo, Futurist: Noise, Visual Arts, and the Occult." I ordered it but have not received it yet and cannot comment on its content. Hopefully it's pretty great too.
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