Dirty Electronics Workshop


27 May 2017, 12 – 6 pm
– Costs: £25
– 15 participants max.


Disruption, intervention, transference, halfway-ness, violation – the conversion of data/sound from one medium to other results in a new material phenomenon, trans-media, found in the hidden corners of esoteric technological processes.

* Violations is an extended event that includes the construction of a specially commissioned Dirty Electronics printed circuit board artwork/sound object, rehearsal and a large-group performance. A feedback system is designed where audio of a sequenced pattern is used to re-program itself.

The event further explores how sound and/or code can collectively coalesce and gravitate or not towards a mean.The artwork for the printed circuit board takes inspiration from ArjunAppadurai’s book The Social Life of Things, and the exploded-view illustrations of the fifteenth century artist-engineer Mariano Taccolafound in his De ingeneis (Concerning Engines) and De machinis(Concerning Machines). The Violation printed circuit board will also form part of the exhibition for Sounding D.i.Y. and a limited edition of the circuit board will be printed.

JOHN RICHARDS explores the idea of Dirty Electronics that focuses on shared experiences, ritual, gesture, touch and social interaction. In Dirty Electronics process and performance are inseparably bound. The ‘performance’ begins on the workbench devising instruments and is extended onto the stage through playing and exploring these instruments. Richards is primarily concerned with the performance of large-group electronic music and DIY electronics, and the idea of composing inside electronics. His work also pushes the boundaries between music, performance art, electronics, and graphic design and is transdisciplinary as well as having a socio-political dimension. Richards has been commissioned to create sound devices for various arts organisations and festivals and has released a series of hand-held synths on Mute Records. He has collaborated and performed with, amongst others, Japanese noise artists Merzbow, Pauline Oliveros, Howard Skempton (founder member of the Scratch Orchestra), Gabriel Prokofiev, Nicholas Bullen (ex-Napalm Death and Scorn) and Yan Jun. Other notable collaborations include working with Rolf Gehlhaar (original Stockhausen group), Chris Carter from Throbbing Gristle, Keith Rowe, Anat Ben-David (Chicks on Speed), choreographer SaburoTeshigawara and STEIM (Amsterdam).


Photos by Pau Ros www.pauphoto.co.uk