1. Charge/Discharge (2012) by John Richards
    (for Dartington International Summer School)

    For large ensemble, Faraday ‘Dirty’ Kinetic Generators, rectifier, capacitance smoothing, and oscillator circuits

    Description:
    Charge/Discharge explores how the very essence of an electronic instrument, electricity, can be used to shape and control sound.

    Current produced by the Faraday ‘Dirty’ Kinetic Generator is stored in capacitors that act as a pool/reservoir. The more capacitance/the greater the size of the pool/reservoir, the longer the capacitors will take to charge and discharge. An idiosyncrasy of this circuit, and a critical part of the piece, is that, as the capacitors discharge, a glissando and ‘dying away’ of sound occurs. It is left to the discretion of the performers to choose the number and size of capacitors for their instrument.

    On direction, each performer frantically shakes their Faraday ‘Dirty’ Kinetic Generator. As the capacitors charge, a chord approximately of the same pitch will eventually sound. Once all the capacitors are fully charged, a cue is given to stop shaking. A continuous sound will be present. The unified single pitch will gradually fragment into downward glissandi and an evolving cluster chord as the capacitors discharge. At different times, each oscillator will eventually cease sounding. The piece ends when the final sounding oscillator is silent.

    Credits:
    Commissioned by Dartington International Summer School 2012
    Produced, shot and edited by Andrew Hill
    Performed by the Dirty Electronics Ensemble in the Great Hall, Dartington, 3rd August 2012

    Ulysses Alvarez
    Georgina Born
    Solly Bowyer
    Julie Groves
    James Joslin
    Paddy Kennedy
    Emma Oliver
    Jude Rees
    Chiara Saccone
    Corina Tirziman
    Josh Trotter
    Max Wainwright

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  2. Charge/Discharge (2012) by John Richards
    (for Dartington International Summer School)
    For large ensemble, Faraday ‘Dirty’ Kinetic Generators, rectifier, capacitance smoothing, and oscillator circuits.

    Description:
    Charge/Discharge explores how the very essence of an electronic instrument, electricity, can be used to shape and control sound.

    Current produced by the Faraday ‘Dirty’ Kinetic Generator is stored in capacitors that act as a pool/reservoir. The more capacitance/the greater the size of the pool/reservoir, the longer the capacitors will take to charge and discharge. An idiosyncrasy of this circuit, and a critical part of the piece, is that, as the capacitors discharge, a glissando and ‘dying away’ of sound occurs. It is left to the discretion of the performers to choose the number and size of capacitors for their instrument.

    On direction, each performer frantically shakes their Faraday ‘Dirty’ Kinetic Generator. As the capacitors charge, a chord approximately of the same pitch will eventually sound. Once all the capacitors are fully charged, a cue is given to stop shaking. A continuous sound will be present. The unified single pitch will gradually fragment into downward glissandi and an evolving cluster chord as the capacitors discharge. At different times, each oscillator will eventually cease sounding. The piece ends when the final sounding oscillator is silent.

    Credits:
    Commissioned by Dartington International Summer School 2012
    Produced, shot and edited by Andrew Hill
    Performed by the Dirty Electronics Ensemble in the Great Hall, Dartington, 3 August 2012

    Ulysses Alvarez
    Georgina Born
    Solly Bowyer
    Julie Groves
    James Joslin
    Paddy Kennedy
    Emma Oliver
    Jude Rees
    Chiara Saccone
    Corina Tirziman
    Josh Trotter
    Max Wainwright

    # vimeo.com/47588668 Uploaded 81 Plays 0 Comments
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  4. A piece commissioned by John Richards for the Dirty Electronics Ensemble's event Solder a Score at the ICA London, February 2011. Shot at One Thoresby Street in Nottingham and using original audio by John Richards using his own instruments. The piece was edited using FCP.

    # vimeo.com/21263742 Uploaded 130 Plays 0 Comments
  5. Dirty Electronics Mute Synth promo made only with sounds from the Mute Synth with edits and processing. Photography and animation Stereographic (Birmingham). Performed by Burlesque artist Eliza DeLite.

    The Mute Synth is a hand-held touch and tilt instrument with copper etched artwork and contoured printed circuit board that was designed in collaboration with Mute and graphic designer Adrian Shaughnessy. The instrument brings together many Dirty Electronics aesthetics and instrument designs into one device in particular creating an instrument ‘of the hand’ (in terms of both playing and building), a noise-based device that utilises feedback, and exploring the relationship between artwork and circuit board.

    # vimeo.com/27535720 Uploaded 30K Plays 3 Comments

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