WCEC 004 Broken Patchbay Artwork

Tom Richards
Broken Patchbay

We Can Elude Control presents a 12” release by the sound artist and sculptor Tom Richards. Through his custom built array of hardware Richards has developed a tense percussive language, crafting immersive rhythmic compositions that explore aspects of structure, tonality and variance. His loop based patterns evoke a purist machine aesthetic reminiscent of a vintage analogue sensibility in collision with a super-modernist compositional approach and an exploration of post-techno ritualism. His production process focuses on a live improvised approach working across several custom made devices to build a rhythmic composite of interlaced tones and cyclical pulses.

Tom Richards has presented performances at Tate Britain, Milton Keynes Gallery and Spike Island with his work exploring the connections between sculpture, performance, DIY production and minimalist composition. These performances are presented as a free CDR of live recordings included with the record that give an insight into Richards’ durational work along with his expanded techniques using radio transmissions and 12” vinyl loops.