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1​-​Bit Symphony

by Tristan Perich

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Camryn Marquez
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Camryn Marquez Through the use of only 1-bit chips, this album produces a sound that is much like a cascade of ethereal, low-fidelity waterfalls. This style of music has gained an identity that is strongly tied and marginalized to a form of "video-game music," but this record shows that these sounds are, again, merely colors on an ever-expanding sonic pallete and just as valid for use in the creation of quality music as other, higher-fidelity sounds. Favorite track: Movement 4.
John Cratchley
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John Cratchley This doesn't feel 'austere' (as The Wire review would have it) to my ears but positively baroque in embellishment compared to some electronic is a wonderful conceit, however, and a true symphony in its construction.
I don't pretend to understand the technology (buy the hardcopy and you actually get a hand-constructed piece of hardware in a cd case with a jack socket to play it through headphones) but the results are captivating.
There is a companion book which translates the computer based language into a visual work of art (a graphic score, if you will)...well worth exploring and groundbreaking.
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  • Tristan Perich's 1-Bit Symphony is a dazzlingly low-fi electronic composition in five movements on a single microchip. A complete electronic circuit utilizes on and off electrical pulses, synthesized by assembly code, to manifest data as sound. The Wall Street Journal wrote, “Its oscillations have an intense, hypnotic force and a surprising emotional depth.” The device treats electricity as a sonic medium, making an intimate connection between the materiality of hardware and the abstract logic of software.

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released March 23, 2015


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Tristan Perich New York, New York

Tristan Perich's (New York) work is inspired by the aesthetic simplicity of math, physics and code. The WIRE Magazine describes his compositions as "an austere meeting of electronic and organic."

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