I find it interesting to think that noise was really created when machines were created, as put in the letter to Balilla Pratella. How nature is normally silent except for storms and the occasional noisy occurrence. It wasn’t until man made sounds by stretched string or holes in reeds. It would make sense that something like sound would then be considered divine, and thus also considered religious. And explains why music took so long to evolve. So, sound was discovered first, and once machines became more numerous “noise” began taking over, causing a singular “sound” to be uninteresting. So now we need more and more complex sounds to create music that we today find interesting. Which makes sense to me. While I do enjoy simpler music like classical, I also really enjoy more cacophonous music like dubstep or techno. Which I imagine to an eighteenth-century man probably sounds like the devil banging away on an old metal washboard. Or something.
Whoever wrote this letter really like to describe crazy sounds.
I can also agree with him that, while noise may be overbearing at times, at other times it is something that can breathe life back into us. I know when I am feeling low on energy one of the first things I’ll do to wake myself up is blast some intense electronic music, something with a deep beat that gets my heart racing and my blood pumping. I wonder if music like Mozart’s or other classical composers had the same effect on people way back when.
I believe the author of this letter, Luigi Russolo, was probably ahead of his time when it comes to music. Although if he were alive today he would probably be completely shocked with how far modern music has come. He lists an assortment of noises that should be used within music making, but his list is relatively small compared to what is being used today. I imagine he might enjoy modern music if he were given the chance to hear it.