A Radio Sintesi by FT Marinetti

I’ve been working on a directed study of the avant-garde in the first half of the 20th century and have spent the last 10 week or so reading about the Futurists. I came across a couple of Marinetti’s radio sintesi and decided to make them based on his scripts. This is the simpler of the two and follows his script exactly. The script was published in Michael Kirby’s book Futurist Performances and translated by Vitoria Nes Kirby.

I used sound files from Freesound.org, including:


The “stage” directions read: The whistle of a blackbird, envious of the crackling of a fire, ends by extinguishing the gossip of water.

A Landscape Heard: Script by FT Marinetti, Audio Assemblage by Peter Wood

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It’s not stunning or even, to be honest, all that interesting from a sound designer point of view. Still, I felt like it might be worthwhile to actually work with his script myself instead of just reading it.