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Dirty Electronics




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7pm - 8.30pm
Performance Space

Dirty Electronics bring spinning hard drives, feedback and over-blown woodwind together in John Richards' new work 'Hidden Sine' (2015).

Participants of the Dirty Electronics workshop will demonstrate their created DIY instruments and unearth sounds buried in detritus electronics. They will be joined by City University Experimental Ensemble.

Graham Dunning's 'Mechanical Techno – Ghost in the machine' music will feature vinyl dissonance for lost memories: a live dubbed rhythmical collage made of squeezed record crackle, analogue synthesizer, dubplates of field recordings, dusty shellac records and clumsily triggered drum machines.

Sound artist and designer Yuri Suzuki will perform with sampler and electronics. In general, he produces work that explores the realms of sound through exquisitely designed pieces.

Pre-concert talk

‘Hidden Sine’ – Pre-concert talk with John Richards about his new work
6pm - 6.45pm, Room AG09

You are welcome to attend this pre-concert talk where John Richards discusses his recent work as Dirty Electronics and new piece ‘Hidden Sine’ (2015) that explores self-made instruments and large group performance, and ‘sound curious’ that are concerned with the way of the hand, touch and affordance (action possibilities). ‘Hidden Sine’ draws loosely on Levi Bryant’s object orientated philosophy and James Gibson’s theory of affordances. The premise is that an object may have artistic/sound potential, often hidden, that can be revealed through investigation and praxis. This investigation operates on a number of levels covering sound, plastic arts and actions/theatre. The building of circuits and sound devices is also seen as a method for creating a tabula rasa, and how the idea of delegated performance, where instruments are played by ‘non-experts’, serves to establish a naive approach and authenticity in performance.

Dr 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. The Dirty Electronics Ensemble is a large group that explore these ideas and whose members are often made-up of workshop participants. The workshop is central to the Ensemble in that all of the musicians have to build their own instrument for performance. The group has performed pieces specially written for the Ensemble by, amongst others, Japanese noise artists Merzbow, Pauline Oliveros, Howard Skempton (founder member of the Scratch Orchestra), Gabriel Prokofiev, Anna Meredith and Nicholas Bullen (ex-Napalm Death and Scorn). Other notable collaborations include working with Rolf Gehlhaar (original Stockhausen group), Chris Carter from Throbbing Gristle, Keith Rowe, Anat Ben-David (Chicks on Speed), Kei Miyata (Karas/Teshigawara) and STEIM (Amsterdam). In 2011, Dirty Electronics created a specially commissioned hand-held synth for Mute Records, and, in 2014, a follow-up release, the Mute Synth II, that included a hand-held synth and an album with artists associated with Dirty Electronics and Mute. Other significant artwork/sound circuits by Dirty Electronics include the Sonar 20th Anniversary Synth for the electronic music festival Sonar; ICA Solder a Score; and circuits inspired by the artwork of William Morris for the National Portrait Gallery, London. John Richards has written numerous articles on hybridity, post-digital theory and dirty electronics. He completed a doctorate in electroacoustic composition at the University of York in 2002, and he is currently part of the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre at De Montfort University, Leicester. He has also taught and been visiting lecturer at many leading music and arts institutions internationally including the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (CvA), Sibelius Academy Finland, Berlin University of the Arts and Tokyo University of the Arts.

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7.00pm - 8.30pmTuesday 12th May 2015

Performance Space College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom

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