Intonarumori, or noise intoners, are sound machines invented by Italian futurist Luigi Russolo early in the 20th century. You have to love a guy who names his instruments, for example, Gorgogliatore (the Gurgler) and Ululatore (the Howler).
Reader Chris at CDM mentioned:
I’ve always thought of reaktor as a virtual intonarumori builder.
An astute observation, Chris, and one that others have picked up on – Intonarumori in the Reaktor user library include specimens by the well known builder Rick Scott and a Rick Scott remix by Dieter Zobel.
Here’s one view of Scott’s borBorygmus instrument:
borBorygmus is powered by granular samplers loaded with scratched and stressed strings, and was built using components from Johann Meier’s Pharmacy – another fine example of code reuse and leveraging existing parts from the library.
Here’s what borBorygmus sounds like:
Of course, loading different samples into the granular samplers will change borBorygmus’s character – so it could become a slammingdooratore or a clickingspokeatore instead of a scrapingstringatore.
If you’ve built any Intonarumori, or “weird noise makin’ contraptions” if you prefer, we’d like to hear about it!