Play Sport & Operate Machinery

by Johnny Richards

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'Play Sport and Operate Machinery' is a collection of improvisations for prepared piano by pianist and composer Johnny Richards. Using a selection of household items attached to the strings (including screws, papers, old records, glass jars and a pebble) Johnny replaces the original sound of the piano with mellow chimes, ominous scrapes and scratches, plucked strings and percussive hits. The album takes inspiration from a wide range of music including Aphex Twin's music for prepared piano, the soundtrack from the film ‘The Conversation’ and contemporary improvisers Matthew Bourne and Craig Taborn. With these preparations the normal approach to playing the instrument changes. Johnny explores these different sounds and influences through a series of melodic themes and textural pieces allowing the altered tones and tunings of the pianos to guide the improvisations.

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released November 17, 2014

Tracks 10,13,15,16,18,19,20 recorded by Tim Thomas at Lobotomy Studios

Tracks 1,5,7,9,12,14,21 recorded by Craig Scott & Tracks 2,3,4,6,8,11,17 recorded by Johnny Richards at Alderley Manor

Mixed and Mastered by Tim Thomas

Album Artwork by Ben Wilkinson (LizardPHD)

Copyright Wasp Millionaire Records 2014

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Johnny Richards Leeds, UK

Johnny Richards is a composer and pianist based in Leeds. In the last three years he has played a prominent role in the Leeds improvised music scene, most notably as composer and keyboard player for Shatner’s Bassoon.

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