Dirty Electronics Dartington Summer School documentary

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At the end of July, John Richards took his Dirty Electronics project to the Dartington Summer School in Devon. Attendees built and played what Richards calls a Faraday Dirty Kinetic Generator (as well as other instruments).

The Faraday Dirty Kinetic Generator charges a capacitor as the tube is shaken and sounds a note. Once each capacitor is fully charged, the players are given a cue to stop shaking, and a continuous tone will sound. The unified single pitch will gradually fragment into downward glissandi and an evolving cluster chord as the capacitors discharge. The instrument building workshop culminated in a performance, which took place 3 August in Dartington's Great Hall.

Andrew Hill filmed and edited a documentary on the summer school, watch it below.

Charge/Discharge (2012) by John Richards [Documentary & Performance] from Andrew Hill on Vimeo.

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