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MIJI Concert Series #29 – Dirty Electronics, Bob Ostertag, CT-808

2015/10/29 (Thu) @ 20:00 - 22:00

| ¥50

Following a pattern that started in 2011, Subjam’s MIJI Concert Series brings together Beijing artists and international performers for experimental jam sessions. Artists are welcome to engage in cold improvisation, radical performance, and absolute noise. This time, the MIJI series takes place within the framework of the INSERT NAME HERE, complementing the series of events prepared around it.

Dirty Electronics performs new works for large groups that are interested in the action possibilities (way of the hand, touch and affordance). The performance will include collaboration with pre-event/workshop artists and musicians. Sounds of spinning computer hard drives and noise circuits sit alongside the voice and acoustic instruments; and sound curios in the form of vibrating objects with large feathers casting shadows are tethered to performers and set free to move throughout the space. Twisted bodies carry electricity … sound and light coercion.

Sample 4 of the [INSERT NAME HERE] Meridian Experimental Minifest.

UPDATE (25/10): THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE AT AOTU STUDIO (No.67, Beixinqiao Toutiao, Dongcheng, Beijing)

About the performers

John Richards

JohnRichards_280x209John Richards (b. 1966) is a musician and composer working in the field of electronic music. Since 1999, he has predominantly explored performing with self-made instruments and creating interactive environments for composition. He coined the term “dirty electronics” to describe an approach within electronic music that shirks working with corporate technology and virtualness, and focuses on a do-it-yourself ethos, found objects and the physical in relation to the human body.

Richards also began to explore these ideas through workshops and performances. In 2003, he formed the Dirty Electronics Ensemble, a large group that is often made-up of workshop participants where making things and performances are intrinsically linked. The group have performed specially commissioned pieces by Japanese noise artists Merzbow, Pauline Oliveros, Howard Skempton (founder member of the Scratch Orchestra), Gabriel Prokofiev and Nicholas Bullen (ex-Napalm Death and Scorn). Other notable collaborations have included working with Rolf Gehlhaar (original Stockhausen group), Chris Carter from Throbbing Gristle, Keith Rowe and STEIM (Amsterdam).


Richards’s Dirty Electronics concept/project 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. Richards is primarily concerned with the performance of large-group electronic music and DIY electronics, and the idea of composing inside electronics. His work also pushes the boundaries between music, performance art, electronics, and graphic design and is transdisciplinary as well as having a socio-political dimension. Richards 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.

Dirty Electronics on Soundcloud
More on Mute Records

Bob Ostertag

bob-ostertag-1Composer, performer, historian, instrument builder… Bob Ostertag’s work cannot easily be summarized or categorized. He has published 21 CDs of music, two movies, two DVDs, and three books. Electronic instruments of his own design are at the cutting edge of both music and video performance technology. He has performed at music, film, and multi-media festivals around the globe. His radically diverse collaborators include the Kronos Quartet, avant garder John Zorn, heavy metal star Mike Patton, jazz great Anthony Braxton, and others. In March 2006 Ostertag made all of his recordings to which he owns the rights available as free digital downloads under a Creative Commons license. He is currently Professor of Technocultural Studies and Music at the University of California at Davis.

Bob is currently in the middle of a one-year sabbatical from his university position to do a world tour. In China he’ll give solo and collaborative performances, lectures, and workshops in Lanzhou, Xi’an, Beijing, Hangzhou, Shanghai, and Suzhou.



Zhu Wenbo as CT-808Born in 1981, Qingdao, Zhu Wenbo moved to Beijing nearly 15 years ago. He has formed two experimental/underground rock duos: Fat City (2008-2012) and Xiao Hong & Xiao Xiao Hong (2010- ), meanwhile improvising with rock bands and different background musicians, or in the name of CT-808 doing his personal concert. In this project, Zhu uses simple instrument/subjects and performs with no secrets.
Since 2009, Zhu has organized the weekly experimental/improvisation/noise performance series Zoomin’ Night, which has been taking place every Tuesday. Many Beijing’s new generation experimental musicians began their performance at Zoomin’ Night.

Fat City/小红与小小红: gbjd.bandcamp.com
CT-808: site.douban.com/CT808/


Time: Thursday October 29th. Doors open at 7:00, the music starts at 8pm sharp.
Venue: AOTU STUDIO (No.67, Beixinqiao Toutiao, Dongcheng, Beijing)
Cover: 50 RMB (suggested donation)


SubjamSince 2011, Subjam’s MIJI Concert Series brings together Beijing artists and international performers for experimental jam sessions. Artists are welcome to engage in cold improvisation, radical performance, and absolute noise. Expect anything!

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