Tristan Perich - 1-Bit Symphony (Cantaloupe Music)

on Thursday, 2 December 2010
A bizarre release this, in fact I don't even know if it is available as a release. Tristan Perich has formed a conceptual 1 Bit Symphony, literally a 1-Bit orchestra fit inside a CD jewel case. At times it sounds slightly kosmiche, at others like Printed Circuit -7 bits and sentenced to repeated viewing of the last 20 minutes of Requiem for a Dream repeatedly. Bizarrely enough its still very enjoyable and very much worth investing your time in.

The distance covered between Movement 1 and Movement 5 is epic, the first high pitched and rapidly ossicilating, the latter a dreamy fuzzed up drone piece, still dressed up in lovely 1 bittyness.

Spoiler :From the Label :
A return to the format of Perich's lauded 1-Bit Music (described by the Village Voice as "technology and aesthetic rolled into one"), 1-Bit Symphony further reduces the hardware involved while simultaneously expanding its musical ideas. 1-Bit Symphony utilizes on and off electrical pulses, synthesized by assembly code and routed from microchip to speaker, to manifest data as sound. The device treats electricity as a sonic medium, making an intimate connection between the materiality of hardware and the abstract logic of software.

While 1-Bit Symphony is purely electronic in its execution, its contents reflect Perich's long-standing interest in orchestral composition. Since the release of 1-Bit Music in 2006, Perich's compositional work has combined 1-bit audio with acoustic classical instruments, providing insight into the conceptual and aesthetic relationships between physical and electronic sound. With 1-Bit Symphony, Perich brings this insight back into the digital realm, juxtaposing the grand form of a classical symphony with the minimal nature of 1-bit circuitry.

Tristan Perich: 1-Bit Symphony (Part 1: Overview) from Tristan Perich on Vimeo.