[spectre] New podcast: John Richards/Dirty Electronics

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*New podcast: John Richards/Dirty Electronics

Under the moniker of Dirty Electronics, British musician and maker John
explores the crossroads between electronic circuit design and live
performance, picking up the baton of David Tudor’s tradition of ‘composing
inside electronics’. In this podcast, John Richards tells us about the
Luddites and Leicester, touches on his views on functionality, control, and
safety nets, and talks about his approach to speculative circuitry,
authorship and composition. Richards also describes the challenge of
recording a performance-based practice and opens up his Dirty Electronics
praxis through props and projects.


With emphasis on collaborative making and a holistic approach to
performance, John Richards / Dirty Electronics’ speculative circuits are
documents of the larger collective experience that they are part of:
expanded and quite unconventional workshops / installations unfurling as
21st-century happenings within communities of practice with a strong DIT
(do it together) ethos, where usual divisions among designer, maker,
composer and performer become blurred. A live practice that is durational
and situated, stretching from the workbench to the stage, in a particular
time determined by the objects being built. John Richards’ instruments are
not meant to be played – they are meant to be attended and explored in
order to find the sound in them. As he often says, “virtuosity is in the
listening” and not in the mastering of the instrument. The idea is to
explore sound through materials and to embrace danger and failure.

Music by Dirty Electronics/John Richards. This podcast is part of
Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the
European Union. In collaboration with Next Festival/A4.

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