"Over the course of the past fifty years, Martin Riches has created over sixty kinetic sculptures and sound installations. Born in England in 1942 and based in Berlin since 1969, Riches' artistic output has made him a living legend in the world of Sound Art". Singuhr: knocking and turning 2020 exhibition. Born in 1942 on the Isle of Wight UK, he studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London. Soon after his arrival in Berlin in 1969, he worked for Büro von Beulwitz u. Bonn on the Technische Fachhochschule Berlin-Wedding. Some of his drawings for this project are now in the collection of the Berlinische Galerie.Despite working as an architect, most of his friends were artists and musicians in the thriving West Berlin art scene. In 1974 he had his first exhibition with Eberhard Blum, flute; Roland Pfrengle, audio electronics and Helmuth Krauss, voice, entitled Objekte Texte Kompositionen, at the Haus am Kleistpark. This set the pattern for his subsequent work in collaboration with composers and musicians. Since 1978 he has worked exclusively as an artist. His breakthrough came in 1979 with the Flute Playing Machine built for another exhibition, also organised by Eberhard Blum and dedicated to the inventor of the modern flute, Theobald Boehm.
Many works have been written for it including the duet "All Change for Flute and Flute Playing Machine" by Schaun Tozer who had read about it in an article by Jasia Reichardt in a London art magazine. It has been performed in innumerable concerts throughout Europe and in Japan. Numerous other music machines and installations followed; they can be seen on his extensive website https://martinriches.de.html. They include the Talking Machine, the Singing Machine, the Thinking Machine, several string and percussion installations and many others. They have been shown throughout Germany and Europe, many times in Japan and at the New York Hall of Science. Some of his works are in public collections. He lives, not by teaching, but by showing his work in exhibitions and concerts and from prizes. Trained in mechanical design and construction, he is also skilled in the machining of wood, metal and plastics; in programming, including assembler languages, and he also has a practical knowledge of electronics and CNC. His hobbies include hang-gliding, kite flying and clock making. Martin Riches is married to the Japanese journalist Yumiko Urae.
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