Kevin Goldsmith has been composing under the name "Intonarumori" since
he studied experimental and electronic composition with composer Reza
Vali at Carnegie Mellon University in 1990-2. In addition to composing,
Kevin performs on a variety of instruments: Cello, 5 String Electric
Cello, Bass Guitar, D-Tar (prepared guitar), Synthesizer and Electronics.
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 performs rarely, but completed a 16 city us
tour in the summer of 1998 which included performances with Cul De Sac,
Mason Jones, and Ken Vandermark. Kevin's early compositions incorporated
many minimalist techniques of repition, blending them with Music Concrete
ideas of found sounds and using some of John Cage's chance operation
concepts. These compositions were extremely reliant on studio technology
to create. In recent years, Intonarumori compositions have become more
open and less structured. These compositions create a situation for
the performer for which he or she can use any method that they find
suitable to resolve.
"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." - Listen.com