Almost all electronic music relies on the use of a loudspeaker in its performance or production. This exhibition presents alternative methods for electronic sound creation through high voltage sparks, plasma speakers and electromechanical devices to excite objects and summon sound. Sequences of charged xenon camera flashes, Franklin bells, Jacob’s Ladders and electromagnetic pumps are folded into the environment.
As a duo, Richards and Shaw have performed across Europe, completed a residency in Japan, released an album on Opal Tapes and run dozens of sound art workshops. Beyond the Loudspeaker was recently developed and presented in Hong Kong at the Sound Forms Festival at Tai Kwun Contemporary.
Image by Winston Yeung