Dirty Electronics & Max Wainwright – Radical Chip Party: TOPH@WORKPLACE

23 May 2019 
WORKPLACE GATESHEAD (SIDE DOOR ENTRANCE ON NELSON ST) FREE ENTRY, BYOB 20:00 - 23:00 https://www.facebook.com/events/318391955508108/

Dirty Electronics & Max Wainwright launch their Radical Chip for the Mute Synth 4.0 and stand-alone DIY circuit that explores a music made from mini microprocessors and raw electronics that is always in-flux, noisy and may be overwritten. Expect full-blown overflow aesthetics with minimal resources and maximum amplitude.

John Richards explores the idea of Dirty Electronics that focuses on shared experiences, ritual, gesture, touch and social interaction. He is primarily concerned with the performance of large-group electronic music and DIY electronics, and the idea of creating music inside electronics. His work also pushes the boundaries between performance art, electronics, and graphic design and is transdisciplinary as well as having a socio-political dimension. Dirty Electronics 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.

Max Wainwright makes experimental electronic and acoustic music, involving free improvisation, adapting to complex systems, and making & using terrible instruments. He does solo and collaborative performances, installations, sculpture, radio pieces, chamber composition, video work and more. As an artist, he is concerned with states of flux and how useless or broken objects can be sounded. He likes to engage audiences and things in conversation, creating instruments, trading, donating or receiving things, and performing on these. Using these, he explores human-technology interaction, deconstructing live performance, futility and effort, and performing through inactivity.

Support comes from Tim Shaw & John Bowers (Mythogeosonics)

Since 2015, John Bowers + Tim Shaw have been developing a creative practice they have come to call ‘mythogeosonics’, an extended conception of field recording to incorporate such diverse practices as geophysical data sonification and paranormal investigation. Think of all the fields: radio, magnetic, electric, esoteric. They cross between on-site investigation, installation-making, soundwalks, and an improvisatory performance practice combining soundscapes, documentary recordings, film, text, and process material using modular synthesizers, resonant found objects, DIY software and self-made instruments. Think of all the ways that the mythogeosonic can be heard, witnessed, appreciated and transformed.

Recent works by Bowers + Shaw have included Unfoldings/SoundLines (FACT, Liverpool, UK, 2015), Walk Write Repeat (AlgoMech, Sheffield, UK, 2016), Into The Woods (Beyond, Allenheads Contemporary Arts, UK, 2017), Universal Transformation Machine (Piksel, Bergen, Norway, 2018) and Annual Review (Experimental Intermedia, New York, 2018). They recently finished a UK tour with Phill Niblock.

A performance featuring Creative Arts Practice students will also take place inspired by techniques and technologies covered in a workshop led by John and Max.