Intonarumori was formed in 1988 to create new music outside the norm and beyond existing conventions.
The word "Intonarumori" is Italian and it means "noise intoners." The word comes from the Italian Futurist art movement. The Intonarumori were machines built to mimic the industrial sounds of the age. The Futurist composers created symphonies for the machines. Their concerts often resulted in fist-fights with the audience. Intonarumori, the project, is very much influenced by the ideas of the Futurists as well as the more modern ideas of the serialists, the minimalists, the musique concrete-ists and modern experimental and industrial composers.
Intonarumori has composed for dance, video games, theatre and film and has appeared on numerous compilations and albums.
In 2022, Intonarumori will release it's first full-length new album in 18 years. The name comes from how the album was made. In 1999, I recorded a 60+ minute improvisation and then overdubbed 3 more parts on top of it. I did a quick mix of it but never released it. 22 years later, I rediscovered the tape.
I approached it like a tape sent through the mail from a collaborator and added to it coming from the perspective of who I am as a musician now. It was a gratifying and enjoyable experience and I'm quite proud of the result. Looking forward to sharing it with you soon.
This album also commemorates the 30th anniversary of my first release in 1991.
- The Stranger, Seattle WA 11/4/08
- Two stalwarts of Seattle's experimental electronics scene close the show. Billed as "Intonarumori versus inBOIL," the two one-man projects perform short sets and then join their distinct sound worlds: Intonarumori deploys extended loops that molt strange, gently shadowed flickers of distortion while inBOIL amplifies small granules of sound, scooping them up and stretching them out with filters, delays, and other sonic processes. recommended. -Christopher DeLaurenti
- The Stranger, Seattle WA 12/9/04
- Intonarumori's Kevin Goldsmith undoubtedly has done hard time on the hair-shirt music circuit (no-alcohol, no-speaking, sitting-only venues that host arcane, difficult ensembles with unpronounceable names). His music's austere yet possesses subtly beautiful contours. Intonarumori's self-titled 2000 album on his own Unit Circle Rekkids evokes Spiritualized-esque guitar spangle on "GTR," eerie Suspiria-soundtrack cello drones and xylophone ripples on "CEL," blasted moondust swirls on "E2E," and stark European art song on Paul Celan Suite. -Dave Segal
- Deeply atmospheric collage pieces bear the influence of John Cage and Phillip Glass. Intonarumori's pastiches of electronic noise and classical instruments such as cello and piano create velvety, hallucinatory soundscapes sometimes broken by the inclusion of harsh industrial dissonance. These songs are a disquieting mix of placid pastoralism and icy futurism.
- The Stranger, December 9, 2004
- Desolate atmospheres and distant, plangent melodies shrouded in electronic fog. Yum. -Chris Delaurenti
- To comprehend the phenomenon that is Intonarumori, you must get out
dust off your art history and your Italian dictionary.
Intonarumori literally means "noise intoners." A term used by the Italian Futurists to describe their noise machines, Intonarumori were designed to clang and clatter, hum and rattle, to forge the discordant roar of the Industrial age. Futurist composers built orchestras of these machines to play their symphonies.
Kevin Goldsmith's Intonarumori is constructed of various elements, including but not limited to: Cello, 5 String Electric Cello, Bass Guitar, D-Tar (prepared guitar), Synthesizer and Electronics. Live Intonarumori performances are rare, and are known to highly stimulate the cerebral cortex.