Monday, 24 June 2013

Skinny Vintage at Trellick Tower

The Ballad of Skinny Lattes and Vintage Clothing

Designed by Ernest Goldfinger in the late 1960's and built in 1972, Trellick Tower is an iconic addition to the West London skyline. Now Grade Two listed it is a classic example of the Brutalist architecture movement. So I was delighted when we were invited to perform the World Premiere of "The Ballad of Skinny Lattes and Vintage Clothing" there as part InTRANSIT festival, supported by Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. We are taking over the abandoned underground car park and turning it into a temporary performance installation on the weekend of 20-21st July 2013. See details and booking information below.

From Wall St to High St, The Ballad of Skinny Lattes and Vintage Clothing is a six-movement “noise opera” - a satire that charts the rise of a Revolutionary Middle Class as it struggles to regain control of the neighbourhood from a mythical Zionist cabal of global banking corporations. It is a story of gentrification, anti-Semitism and austerity and how the financial and political turmoils of the 1930’s have come back to haunt us...
trellick tower, Golborne road, w10, running time 60 minutes
tickets: booking at
£10 early bird tickets available until june 23.
£15 on the door and at thereafter
free to residents of trellick tower 

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Framework Afield - Art of Noises manifesto

On 7th April 2013, the Framework Afield Edition about the Art of Noises manifesto was first broadcast on Resonance FM. You can listen to the podcast here.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

A Call for Noise

11TH MARCH 2013

“We must enlarge and enrich more and more the domain of musical sounds. … This need and this tendency can be totally realised only through the joining and substituting of noises to and for musical sounds. “ 
(Russolo 1913, translated by Robert Filliou, 1967)

Dear Fellow Recordists and Noisemakers!

Next Monday 11th March marks an auspicious occasion - the 100th anniversary of the publication of the “Art of Noises” manifesto by futurist artist Luigi Russolo. With the manifesto and the concerts that followed, Russolo, an Italian painter, opened our ears to the use of noise as musical material. Without him the entire history of 20th century music might have taken a different course. 

On March 11th 2013, The Neo Futurist Collective ( and Fruit for the Apocalypse ( will celebrate the 100th anniversary with a short guerrilla performance at 7.30pm GMT. In a Central London location (whereabouts to be announced on the day at 5pm GMT) we will perform “Cartet” - a Quartet for Car Engines, Horns and Radios in homage to Russolo’s call for the celebration of urban noise.
Announcements will be made via Twitter:

Also on March 11th we will be revealing to the world a recently uncovered recording of what appears to be Luigi Russolo himself declaiming a short section of his manifesto. This potentially historically important recording is particularly poignant because most of Russolo’s instruments and scores were destroyed or lost during the intervening two world wars. All that is left is the opening 7 bars of the score to his noise symphony “Awakening of a City”.

On the same day in Amsterdam at 13:30 (CET) Professor Russolo and His Noise Intoners will be staging a 1 hour bicycle parade with klaxons and Manifesto pamphlets.  See his web site for details (
Onda Italiana will be broadcasting an interview and performance excerpts from the Professor in Dutch, Italian (and a little English) along with the recently uncovered Russolo recording, plus interviews with experts discussing the newly discovered recording. (

A call for sounds, images and words
I have been invited by Patrick McGinley to make a special edition of Framework Afield for broadcast in April about the Russolo legacy which will incorporate the recordings of the London flashmob, the Amsterdam Bike Ride and any other initiatives that are taking place around the world to mark the occasion (

To this end, I would also like to extend an open invitation for field recordings of global TRAFFIC NOISE, to be sequenced into an extended collage and included (with proper credits) into the programme. Please send me your recordings via Dropbox or similar (.wav .aif or hi res mp3, up to 5 mins). I would also like to extend a call for documentation of Anniversary-related events in the form of photographs, text or recordings, as I have been invited to contribute as a guest blogger on the World Listening Project web site ( and will be exploring the Russolo legacy in a number of articles and posts. 
Please email or Dropbox those to me...

Joseph Young of The Neo Futurist Collective /

Monday, 18 July 2011

Concerto for Brutalist Buildings

Myself and Peter Faulkner, in our role as artist/agitators The Neo-Futurist Collective, have been invited to contribute work for an ambitious site-specific performance at the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington High Street entitled Common Sounds : Touching the Void. Our response Concerto for Brutalist Buildings takes its inspiration from the derelict building and the crumbling of Empire on foreign soil.
Fruit for the Apocalypse are producing the work for World Listening Day, after last year's successful East London Soundscapes; supported by the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, as part of their InTRANSIT festival..

Monday, 20 December 2010

The End of Listening

The End of Listening (ReAwakening of a City #5)
by Joseph Young of The Neo-Futurist Collective

a&e gallery, Cheltenham Place, BRIGHTON. Jan 7th - 23rd (weekends only)

20th April 1914: Immediately before the outbreak of the First World War, the premiere performance of a revolutionary noise symphony Awakening of a City by futurist artist Luigi Russolo.

Almost a century later, a group of artists, led by Brighton-based Sound Artist, Joseph Young, come together to respond to the surviving 7 bars of the printed score in a series of ReAwakenings.

In this latest solo work, The End of Listening (ReAwakening of a City #5), Joseph has created an immersive sound installation for iPods at a&e gallery in Cheltenham Place, Brighton.

The sound files will be available online at from January 7th. You are invited to download the work at home and then bring along your iPod/iPhone/mp3 player and listen to it in our “auditorium”; or alternatively, you can pick up a pre-loaded iPod at the door (limited numbers available).

Preview: Friday 7th January 2011 @ 7 - 9 pm with an exclusive performance and artists' talk by Joseph Young.

Friday, 14 May 2010

An interview on

Marc Garrett interviews Joseph Young.

Founded by Joseph Young in 2007 - The Neo Futurist Collective consists of a group of highly accomplished artists who have come together to celebrate urban noise in all its' visual and aural forms.

Inspired by the Milan Futurists and the Art of Noises manifesto (Luigi Russolo, 1912), as well the poetics of the Dada movement, the collective are arch-modernists; united in the hope of a positive future where technology, art and humanity will unite to overcome pessimism, despondency and futile utopianism in all its spurious forms.

Current and recent commissions include performance with 'Curious in The moment I saw you I knew I could love you'. Artist-in-Residence at Blast Theory; workshop leader with Mikhail Karikis at Tate Modern - The voice and everything else; a series of commissioned films with video artist Abigail Norris for Architecture Inside Out A - a collaboration between disabled artists and architects at Woking Lightbox and Tate Modern.

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Preview in Portslade

Have a look and listen on my personal blog to hear and see the outcomes of my residency at Blast Theory. I had an incredible week and am deeply indebted to "the Blasts" for their support and encouragement.

Saturday, 24 April 2010

ReAwakening of a City - a micro-performance

Joseph Young aka Giuseppe Marinetti will be the latest Artist-in-Residence with Blast Theory, in Brighton from April 26th-30th.

"In this latest piece of research, I will work solo, using field recordings from Portslade, found objects on the street and text, to present a short binaural location performance for an audience of 8 people at a time. I am interested in the theatricality of the binaural medium, whereby the listener is immersed in a 3D soundscape. To create the illusion of an aural stage, I will be using the “dummy head” technique. Supported by the lovely people at Blast Theory, I intend to develop a short performance score, weaving together text and sounds, both “live” and recorded, to create a noise network, following Russolo’s classification system in the Art of Noises manifesto."

"This work-in-progress will be experienced via headphones in a forgotten corner of 20 Wellington Road on Friday 30th April 6.30-8.30 p.m. I hope it will be both playful and insightful; an unusual way of experiencing those sounds/images that we normally ignore or consciously block out."

RSVP to Dan Lamont by Thurs 29th April

Saturday, 13 March 2010

A Pause and then a New Beginning

NeoFuturist Falicitations!
It's been a long while, my comrades and friends, since I posted here - but I am delighted to announce that NeoFuturism is flourishing and actively making links all over the globe.
Recently, I was delighted to reacquaint myself with my dear friend, Luigi Russolo, and to be able to report that he is alive and well and living in the Netherlands. His current project Prof. Russolo & His Noise Intoners has been making (sound) waves since 1995, and after nearly a century of absence, he is back with us, stronger and more vital than ever. His vision and mine have endured across a difficult age - our troubled world needs (now more than ever) a vision of optimism, where technology, art and humanity will unite to overcome pessimism, despondency and futile utopianism in all its spurious forms.

Saluti! Great and dear Marinetti and friends,
Via! Usciamo, pioche non potremmo a lungo frenare in noi
il desiderio di creare finalmente una nuova realta musicale.
(Away! Let us break out since we cannot much longer restrain
our desire to create finally a new musical reality).

How surprising and fine to hear again from you!
With acute ardour and accelerating heartbeats I took notice of
your recent efforts to impregnate ‘our world’ with joy and inspiration.

Never must we slacken, the global hunger for absurdity is almost unappeasable!

With respect and love,

your true and most humble servant,

Prof. Russolo.

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Some photographs from A CALL TO ARMS June 14th 2009

Here's a few photos and (below) the film of the performance; expertly shot by Mark Birbeck and edited by my son Louie Young. Several months late - no excuses for that... but hopefully providing a flavour of the climax to an incredibly creative and challenging project. Our thanks go out to the community of Upnor(s), Fuse Medway Festival and Medway Council for their unflagging support, and to all the artists and students who took part, led workshops, performed, put themselves out on a limb for the sake of Art.

© Rowena Easton

A Call to Arms - finally!

Thursday, 11 June 2009

the speech that never was...

Of all the Lowers and all the Uppers in all the world –
the Upnor that is uppermost in our hearts is
UpUpUppityUpnor. Up in Arms Upnor!
A Tale of Two Upnors that is one,
a tale of one Upnor that is two;
but only one Upnor,
not Upper.

A tale of four pubs in the morning
and a blood red sky,
no community centre, no shops,
no schools, a seagulls cry,
Wake up Wake up
it’s modern times.

A sand pit and a playground bare
Both empty now, no children there
Deserted beach where was once were ice cream shops
A bus so infrequent it hardly ever stops.

And The Lady in a Box who cannot see the sea,
so what does she see?

the killing ships that fill the Medway
stream from Upnor to Afghanistan it seems.

Fleet House empty,
thinking tidy,
get off my land,
fortress Upnor,
border Upnor.
Subject to closure at any time…

St George the patron saint of
Queen Elizabeth the great
and all her majesty,
the queen is here,
will tell you stories for the small price of a beer.

The Tudor Rosy,
Kings Arms cosy,
Pier and Ship relief,
where old friends meet and sing together,
Sunday roast goes on forever.
Where folk songs reverberate in the street,
near long-gone Post Offices where nobody can meet.

And artists come to weave a red thread
through the town,
A critic burns them down…

This is Upnor,
UpUpUppity Upnor,
Up in Arms Upnor,
the pride of Upnor is here.
For here in the smell of the rivers wake
we stand and watch the fretful dawn awake,
Wake up Wake up
A Call to Arms!

We don’t need no updating...