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Luigi Russolo

Luigi Russolo

«Intonarumori», 1914 © Luigi Russolo

 

After a «long and unending period of research in his laboratory,» futuristic painter Luigi Russolo builds what he calls the «intonarumori,» devices for producing a broad spectrum of modulated, rhythmic sounds similar to those made by machines, but without imitating or reproducing them. These sounds are to be understood rather as «abstract materials» freed of their mechanical origins and now under human control, writes Russolo in his extensive Sound Art Manifesto. By composing pieces for the «intonarumori,» Russolo also develops a new, graphic form of musical score. In 1914, the first concert for 18 «intonarumori,» a work divided into eight different categories of sounds, caused a huge scandal in Milan. In 1914 as well, the twelve concerts staged in London drew more positive reactions. After World War I, concerts for «intonarumori» were staged together with classical symphony orchestras.

 

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Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondrian (Part II)

[Neo-Plasticist Painter, 1872-1944]

 

Dutch painter, who carried abstraction to its furthest limits. Through radical simplification of composition and color, he sought to expose the basic principles that underlie all appearances. He is regarded by many as the founder of abstract art. By the 1950's, his easily identifiable style had become so famous that for many it is a symbol of modern art. Mondrian believed that "art systematically eliminates the world of nature and man." He wanted art to be as mathematical as possible, a "blueprint for an organized life." Mondrian based his style on lines and rectangles. He theorized that straight lines do not exist in nature, so he decided to use only straight lines to create an art of "harmony and order" which he believed were missing from a world torn by the conflict of World War I.

 

Contribution by Alfonso Pérez O.

 

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Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondrian

[Neo-Plasticist Painter, 1872-1944]

 

Dutch painter, who carried abstraction to its furthest limits. Through radical simplification of composition and color, he sought to expose the basic principles that underlie all appearances. He is regarded by many as the founder of abstract art. By the 1950's, his easily identifiable style had become so famous that for many it is a symbol of modern art. Mondrian believed that "art systematically eliminates the world of nature and man." He wanted art to be as mathematical as possible, a "blueprint for an organized life." Mondrian based his style on lines and rectangles. He theorized that straight lines do not exist in nature, so he decided to use only straight lines to create an art of "harmony and order" which he believed were missing from a world torn by the conflict of World War I.

 

THE COLLECTOR EN ESPAÑOL: Piet Mondrian, pintor holandés que llevó el arte abstracto hasta sus últimas consecuencias, dejando de considerar justificada la necesidad de la representación y tiende a sustituirla por un lenguaje visual autónomo, dotado de sus propias significaciones. Mondrian ha sido uno de los artistas de mayor repercusión en el siglo XX. Sus teorías sobre la abstracción y la simplicidad no sólo alteraron el curso de la pintura, sino que tuvieron una profunda influencia en la arquitectura, el diseño industrial y las artes gráficas.

Contribution by Alfonso Pérez O.

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Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko

[Abstract Expressionist Painter]

 

One of the preeminent artists of his generation, Mark Rothko is closely identified with the New York School, a circle of painters that emerged during the 1940s as a new collective voice in American art. During a career that spanned five decades, he created a new and impassioned form of abstract painting. Rothko's work is characterized by rigorous attention to formal elements such as color, shape, balance, depth, composition, and scale; yet, he refused to consider his paintings solely in these terms.

 

Contribution by Alfonso Pérez O.

 

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Jan Jelinek

Jan Jelinek 

["Glitch" from the cracks, pops and hisses of vinyl] By Mark Fernandes

 

Jan Jelinek is the type of musician who loves the old sound. He uses his laptop and sampler and records the hisses and pops of old vinyl and the micro fragments of beats from classic jazz and soul records. From it he makes a type of ambient music called glitch, which is steadily gaining a following worldwide.

 

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Robert Moog [May 23, 1934 - August 21, 2005]

Inventor of the Moog synthesizer

Robert Moog

 

 

 

 

Inventor of the electronic synthesizer which transformed the popular music-making. Though instruments to make electronic music had been devised as early as 1900, it was not until the 1970s that electronic music was widely heard — and it was played on the keyboards invented by the US engineer whose name became synonymous with the synthesizer, Robert Moog. He died on August 21, 2005 at his home in Asheville, N.C. He was 71.

 

We'll miss you Bob.

 

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Esquivel

Juan Garcia Esquivel
[Born 20 January 1918, Tampico, México]
[Died 3 January 2002, Jiutepec, Morelos, México]

 

Mexican composer and orchestra leader Juan Garcia Esquivel is well remember today for his space-age bachelor pad music. Esquivel recorded for RCA from 1957 to 1968.His arrangements took full advantage of the stereo phenomenon. The music made hi-fi's resonate with bongos, glass-shattering brass, and perky xylophones. He stripped lyrics from pop standards and replaced them with whistling, humming, or a disjointed phrase. His smooth vocal choruses would croon "Zu-zu-zu", or shout "Pow! Pow! Pow!" As one producer put it, "Esquivel is one arranger who really writes for stereophonic sound."

 

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Delia Derbyshire

Delia Derbyshire [Electronic Music Pioneer]

 

Delia Derbyshire was born in Coventry, England, in 1937. Educated at Coventry Grammar School and Girton College, Cambridge, where she was awarded a degree in mathematics and music. She used concrete sources and sine- and square-wave oscillators, tuning the results, filtering and treating, cutting so that the joins were seamless, combining sound on individual tape recorders, re-recording the results, and repeating the process, over and over again.

 

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Adolfo Bioy

Adolfo Bioy Casares (1914-1999, Argentina)

For well over half a century Bioy Casares was an active member of the Argentine cultural scene and a prolific writer. Explored themes dealing with reality as illusion, the elusive nature of the passage of time, and the creation of parallel worlds.  His publications include numerous novels, close to a dozen works of short fiction and collections of short stories, several well-know collaborations with Borges, published under the pseudonyms H. Bustos Domecq and B. Suárez Lynch and an anthology of fantastic literature that he edited with Borges and his wife. His works have been translated into many languages, and in recent years there has been a growing critical interest in his works.

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Robert Rauschenberg
Robert Rauschenberg (* 1925 USA)

Robert Rauschenberg is a painter, sculptor, and graphic artist known for helping to redefine American art in the 1950s and '60s, providing an alternative to the then-dominant aesthetic of Abstract Expressionism.

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