John Richards explores the idea of Dirty Electronics through 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, DIY electronics, and the idea of composing inside electronics. His transdisciplinary work has a strong socio-political dimension and blurs the boundaries between music, performance art, electronics, and graphic design. Richards has been commissioned to create sound devices for various arts organisations and festivals, and has released a series of hand-held synthesizers on Mute Records.
He has collaborated and performed with, amongst others, Japanese noise artists Merzbow, Pauline Oliveros, Howard Skempton (founding member of the Scratch Orchestra), Gabriel Prokofiev, Nicholas Bullen (ex-Napalm Death and Scorn), and Yan Jun. Other notable collaborators include Rolf Gehlhaar (original Stockhausen group), Chris Carter from Throbbing Gristle, Keith Rowe, Anat Ben-David (Chicks on Speed), choreographer Saburo Teshigawara, and STEIM (Amsterdam).