Electroacoustic musician John Richards creates raw electronic instruments using common materials.

While Dirty Electronics is a company, it also refers to a larger movement where musical artists dabbling in electronic music take on a more DIY, hands on approach to building their instruments and creating sounds. A leading figure in the movement has been John Richards, who has been exploring this field since 2005 using common props (such as cans, springs, simple motors, circuit boards …etc.) in unique ways. As per their website, dirty electronics are:

“directly opposed to those found in mass produced digital culture and includes some of the following characteristics: designer trash, ugly, cheap, heavy, hand-made, designed to be handled or to come in contact with the body, ready-mades, hacked, bent, feedback and kitsch”

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