Although I disagree with many of Russolo's statements in this article, such as "ancient life was all silence," I do think that he brings up some interesting points in his aim to distinguish "sound" and "noise." I like the idea of sound being divine, a thing of its own. Russolo describes making "sound" as a purposeful inquiry, a kind of a human way of interacting with the sonorous world that eventually developed into music. Noise, by contrast, is dissonance. While I do not think that the modern machine invented "noise," I do agree that the industrial age dramatically altered the soundscape of our time.
After reading this article and considering the distinction between sound and noise for myself, it seems to me that sound is something we appreciate and strive for, noise is less important, often "tuned out" sound that certainly can be interesting in and of itself. The article aims to chart the evolution of music into noise-sound, describing how we the mechanical age has dulled our appreciation of the great masters, and an unsatisfied palate for musical exploration of the world around us. After reading this for a second time I then preceded to make my morning coffee, conscious of the clinking silverware drawer, clap of the cupboards, the rattle of dishes, scooping, pouring, click, and of course the beloved dripping and steaming of the coffee pot. I think that background noise becomes sound when it is self-conscious.--The job of the sound artist/ noise-sound musician.