Richard is the creator and composer of Sentinel, an exploration of climate change in sound & light.
The live show - combining analogue synths, drum machines and live vocals with data visualisations and laser lighting - is supported by Arts Council England, Manchester Science Festival and Waterside.
A Sentinel album will be released in 2019.
Aeon is a multi-platform narrative, told through the Aeon: Miracle smartphone app featuring a web series, image galleries and short fiction. Audiences can become part of the Aeon world through immersive live events.
In a future plagued by the effects of global warming, Julius Bach’s Halcyen Corporation is about to release a new drug called Aeon that will fight a range of deadly diseases. But Bach has a secret he must protect from an investigative journalist, an ambitious rival and a former love. As Aeon’s launch gets closer, the drug is injected into Dari, an experimental test subject who is destined to change everything.
Aeon is written & directed by Richard Evans and produced by Cold Star Media & Ric Michael with support from Arts Council England, the University of Salford, the University of Manchester and Manchester Science Festival.
(Dead Ink & Ink Lines, 2012)
A Cold War odyssey set in the retro-futurist Moscow of 1969.
Marina Mernova, a KGB officer and older sister to little Leon, is given a simple mission: to find a missing scientist of high value to the Soviet space programme.
1960s Russia is a land of rockets and shortages, a utopia with a paranoid underbelly – and Marina’s search uncovers a chilling experiment that will shatter the limits of humanity and longevity.
The mission threatens to engulf her, tearing her family and her life apart, as the Cold War superpower seeks to create a new class of Soviet citizen – a deep space traveller that is neither human nor machine.
‘A brilliant retro-futurist account’ – Metropolis/2520
‘Horrific yet brilliant. Loved it.’ – Amazon.co.uk
‘Excellent. I couldn’t put it down for a second’ – Comply or Die
‘Very cleverly written, very realistic’
Available through Amazon, Waterstones and all good booksellers.
Interviews and features on Richard around the web.
BBC Star City article – Richard’s 2010 trip to Star City for Kosmonaut Zero.
Kosmonaut Zero interview – an interview with Richard in UEL’s Riverside Magazine (pg 26).
WLTM… The Dice Man (CIty life, 2003)
In April 2003, Manchester’s City Life magazine commissioned a short piece from Richard as part of a series asking key authors and arts figures which fictional characters they would most like to meet. Richard selected The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart.
Touch Sensitive (perverted by language, 2007)
“Touch Sensitive is moving and delicately written – one of the anthology’s clear front runners” (The Stool Pigeon)
Set in Kobe in 2030. As the deep snow of a long winter falls outside his apartment window, Takumi Hanada fears the imminent arrival of his 65th birthday. His mood changes when Nanami, his daughter, arrives with an unusual present in tow.
In Perverted by Language (Serpent’s Tail, 2007)
Half Life (The Flash, 2007)
The year is 2310. Centropolis is the perfect, managed city. Vincent Quaid stands atop a building floating a kilometre above the surface of a sprawling urban landscape built inside a vast meteor crater – Nina Vasquez crawls out onto the ledge to find out why he’s there.
In The Flash (Social Disease, 2007)
Girl Absorbed (litro magazine, 2009)
Osaka, 2072. Noriko wants more attention from Eddie, a trader in 20th century pop culture ephemera. When Eddie brings another woman home one evening, Noriko’s world begins to fall apart.
Freak Of Nature / Girl Absorbed / Half Life / Trick Machine (Cabala, 2011)
‘Thoughtful, well-written & eclectic’ – Neon Magazine
An anthology of work by different authors featuring four of Richard’s short stories – Half Life and Girl Absorbed alongside two new works Trick Machine and Freak of Nature.
Trick Machine – flash fiction. Kenji finds himself on a blind date in the twilight zone.
Freak of Nature – a virus is spreading through a lunar mining base. To save her daughter, Dr Mai Kato must return to Earth, where scientists await who want more than just to cure the child.
Cabala (Dog Horn Books, 2011).
Priest (They Eat Culture, 2012)
An audio-only short story.
Aleph is a Priest, a bio-engineered pilot whose plane is brought down in the night-time city amidst talking buildings and deserted streets. Desperate to survive, he discovers a tragic bond to the area and to Shafia, one of the rebels whom he has been sent to destroy.
Read the background to the story here.
Produced by They Eat Culture and Made in Manchester for Preston3Twenty.
Richard Evans is a writer, director and electronic music composer of Anglo-Irish background, based in Manchester, UK. His projects take inspiration from real-world science to explore biotechnology, machine intelligence and the environment.
His works have received eight awards from Arts Council England along with commissions from They Eat Culture, the University of Manchester and Manchester Science Festival. He has undertaken research visits to Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, the University of Osaka, the Star City Cosmonaut Training Centre near Moscow and, most recently, the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Manchester.
He is writer, director and producer of Aeon, encompassing a smartphone app, web series and live events, produced by Cold Star Media and Ric Michael.
He is creator of Sentinel, an exploration of climate change in sound & light. The project comprises a live show, with a Sentinel album to be released in 2019.
Richard also wrote and performed with several new wave and pop bands during the 1980s and early 1990s.
He was guitarist and songwriter for St Vitus Dancers – whose song The Survivor was highly praised on Bullshit Detector 2, a hit indie compilation album (through legendary punk label Crass Records 1982).
Later, he played keyboards with the celebrated Manchester band James, appearing on Are You Ready? on the album Strip Mine (Sire Records, 1988).
His written works include a novel, Kosmonaut Zero (Dead Ink), and the short stories Half Life, Touch Sensitive, Trick Machine, Priest, Freak of Nature and Girl Absorbed, which have been published by Dog Horn, Serpent’s Tail, Social Disease and Litro Magazine.
He has been a guest on Radio 2’s The Arts Show, and has featured in national and local media for his creative works. He has contributed articles to popular science magazines, including T3 and The Sky At Night.
In 2011, Richard devised and directed Gagarin 50, an exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first human spaceflight by Yuri Gagarin.