John Richards

John Richards’ work explores performing with self-made instruments and the creation of interactive environments. He has worked with many leading improvisers and musicians in the field of live electronics, and is a founder member of electro-noise improvisers kREEPA, the post-punk group Sand (Soul Jazz Records), and the composers’ collective nerve8: an experimental electroacoustic diffusion group. In 2002, his work with kREEPA helped initiate the OIK project at STEIM, Amsterdam, that involved the hacking of commercially available hardware to create economic musical interfaces. Since 2005, he has directed the Dirty Electronics Ensemble, giving workshops and performances internationally that has included collaboration with Japanese noise artist Merzbow. He performs regularly with Nic Bullen as Black Galaxy and kREEPA, as well as releasing solo material on Bullen’s label monium. Recent work includes collaboration with Tim Wright as sevenlegspider developing systems for live performance and art installations.

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