Dirty Electronics focuses on shared experiences, ritual, gesture, touch and social interaction. In Dirty Electronics, process and performance are inseparably bound. The ‘performance’ begins on the workbench devising instruments and is extended onto the stage through playing and exploring these instruments. This time around the ensemble consists of John Richards, Amit D Patel aka Dushume, Audrey Riley, Sam Topley, Harry Smith, Zach Dawson, Robin Foster, Jacob Myer Braslawsce, Ben Middle, Samuel Warren, Matt Rogerson. Photo by Susanne Grunewald.
Jon.Ogara started his musical path by learning the flute at school and discovered the delights of classical music. He studied electronics at the University of Manchester with a focus on radio communications. At university, he learnt the guitar and started to create more independent rock music, influenced by bands such as The Fall or Cabaret Voltaire. He discovered the saxophone and Jazz and started to bring together ideas of Jazz improvisation into his composition. With the development of the internet and connected devices, he started to explore the world of experimental music and began to share ideas and compositions.
Anna Xambó is a researcher and musician with a background in computer science engineering, digital humanities and digital arts. She completed her phd in 2015 (the open university), specializing in music computing and HCI, and is currently a senior lecturer in music and audio technology (de Montfort University). Her musical practice includes live coding, multichannel spatialization, tangible music, collaborative interfaces, audience participation with mobile devices, and intelligent music systems for music performance. She has performed internationally and works actively in the music tech and experimental electronic music scenes as a co-founder of the online music record label Carpal Tunnel in Barcelona (Spain); as co-founder of Women in Music Tech at Georgia Tech (USA); as co-founder of Women Nordic Music Technology (Norway); and as a co-organizer of international concerts.
Dirty Dialogues documents a live encounter between Dirty Electronics Ensemble, Jon.Ogara and Anna Xambó in a free music improvisation session after a long pandemic lockdown. Thirteen musicians on stage combining analogue and digital instruments, acoustic and electronic materials, live coding and DIY sound-making techniques. An intense polymorphic journey of sonic exploration and chaos, which is especially recommended for noise music lovers. This album was recorded on May 17, 2021 at PACE (De Montfort University) with no audience due to COVID-19 restrictions.