The dark secret of the Italian Futurists: no, not the fascism thing which is hardly a secret, more that they were – at least from a musical point of view – a bit crap. For all that Russolo’s intonarumori are a cultural touchstone of every noisician since, it’s amusing to learn that actual witnesses to one of these noise-machines’ rare performances said stuff like “I don’t think it was all that loud, but there were these funny burps and things coming in here and there, like battleships pooping off…”. Hmm.