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Grutronic are four musicians from diverse backgrounds working collaboratively in a unique electronic idiom. They combine electronic and acoustic sound to create unique textures and give them compositional direction. This process involves the creation of a complex, shifting soundscape. Grutronic employ a hands-on physicality to electronic instruments, understanding that input, control and exchange of human energy are what gives sound, form, soul and a human reason for being. Grutronic bring many different influences to the music, contemporary classical, free jazz, improvisation, funk and abstract electronica.

In their gigs they normally perform as a quartet and often also invite an acoustic guest soloist to make a quintet. The guest can attempt to penetrate the Grutronic world of slippery bendy electronic improvisation, or they can choose to take the music where they want and the band will try to support their vision. In the past Grutronic have done this with Evan Parker, shakuhachi master Clive Bell, Orphy Robinson, Paddy Steer (Homelife), Alice Kemp and others.

They are thrown in at the deepend and there are no rules, just question marks and music which needs to be played. They rely on listening, feeling, improvisation and on their faith in the moment, and importantly, on their faith in the audience to travel with them.

Richard Scott originated as a saxophonist but today plays instruments such as the Buchla lightning, an unusual infra-red instrument which looks like two conductors batons and which translates arm and hand movements into midi signals which he uses used to control a battery of analgue and digital synthesisers, sampler and sound processors.

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