Radical Chip Party

Get hands-on with electronics and think abound sound in new ways


Saturday 18 Sept, 10am – Sunday 19 Sept, 4pm


John Richards


Studio 1, SPACE, Dartington Trust


£146 non-residential | £262 residential – see below for full details on what’s included

About this course

Ubiquitous technologies invade our everyday space. And work, play, and creative endeavours are filtered through the prism of corporate technologies. At what point do we step back and question the use of such technologies, systems and algorithms in our sound-making?

A two-day electronic music and sound art course exploring low-level electronics and DIYness. Participants will be able to explore sound at the fundamental level of wires, solder, electronic components and raw data. Through hands-on practical experiments, participants will be able to create their own sound-making objects and assemblages. Built from the root (radical), built collectively (party).

No prior knowledge needed. All ages, ability welcome. Tools and core materials will be provided.

A Manifesto for a Radical Chip Party

– Look at a number of primary building blocks that can be hacked, modified, adapted and personalised
– Make our sound-making objects self-sufficient – self-powered, self-amplified
– Find sound in materials and place
– Celebrate the handmade and craft approaches
– Explore mediated sound with minimal resources
– Learn skills in electronics, coding, design and performance
– Work both individually and collectively

The course will conclude with presentation of the works as a form of performance-installation, where the process of making (installing) and performance are explored concurrently. Indoor and outdoor spaces will be utilised.

What you make, you can take.


Dirty Electronics is the brainchild of John Richards, a platform that 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’ work has taken him to festivals and venues from LA to Paris and Japan to Berlin as well as across the UK.


On this course, lunch will be provided on Saturday and Sunday. These communal meals are a vital part of the learning experience and we strongly recommend you attend them.

Tea and coffee will be available throughout the course.


We recommend that if possible, you stay on-site during your course. All our courses are best experienced holistically: through working, relaxing, eating, and staying with other course participants and tutors.

Our beautiful rooms have all the character and personality you’d expect, but not at the expense of comfort. With easy access to our wider estate, they are the perfect place to relax and recharge.

Breakfast and dinner each day – made with fresh, locally-sourced produce by our award-winning team – are included: one less thing to worry about during your stay.

Choose this option by selecting ‘residential’ at checkout (head to ‘Book now’, below). Please note:

– Accommodation is available at a discounted rate for course attendees.
– For this course, you must book for four nights, arriving on Friday 17 September and departing on Sunday 19 September 2021.
– Dinner on Friday, breakfast and dinner from Saturday and breakfast on Sunday morning are all included.
– Check-in for all rooms is from 3pm on the day of arrival.
– Check-out for all departures is 11am on the day of departure.
– Accommodation is booked on a first come, first served basis only.

Offer: Special rate for Dartington Members

Dartington Members will receive a 10% discount, applied when they log in during the checkout process. For more information about Membership, click here (opens in new tab).

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