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Tristan Perich
Composition for Three Small Speakers
PE013 - Device - $30 Add to Cart
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Tristan Perich's newest circuit album, Composition for Three Small Speakers, comes as an electronic device that plays its three-channel music live. Following on his previous circuit albums (1-Bit Symphony, Noise Patterns, 1-Bit Music), Composition for Three Small Speakers is both a composition and a performance. When turned on, its music is synthesized in real-time by code programmed by the artist. Making a physical connection between code and hardware, the music was written to be performed by the same speakers the listener holds in their hands.

Commission/coproduction: Festival Musica and La Muse en Circuit.

(Available now exclusively from Festival Musica for shipping within Europe. Orders placed here will ship in October.)

Tristan Perich
Noise Patterns
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Noise Patterns digs into the primitive particles of digital 1-bit audio that has become Perich's signature sound. As with his previous circuit albums, Noise Patterns is not released as a CD or record. Noise Patterns comes as a minimalist matte-black circuit board with a headphone jack in the side. Plug in and switch it on to listen to Perich's music unfold. The 6-track album explores how digital noise can be shaped and stressed, from glittering static into the mesmerizing electronic thump of a nightclub. On a technical level, the sonic raw material in Noise Patterns is digital 1-bit noise: a probabilistic density of random oscillations that Perich sequences into rhythmic patterns and layers into textures, pulses, rumbles and beats. These sounds are Perich's very own, programmed by the artist and synthesized in real-time as the circuit plays. The physical format of Noise Patterns reveals how Perich engages music at all levels, from sound all the way down to the binary instructions of the hardware.

Tristan Perich
Subscription (4x CD + Score) - $50 Add to Cart
Telescope - CD + Score - $12 Add to Cart
Dual Synthesis - CD + Score - $15 Add to Cart
Active Field - CD + Score - $15 Add to Cart
Parallels (With Meehan/ Perkins Duo) - CD + Score - $18 Add to Cart
Tristan Perich's "Compositions," is a new series of recordings of his composed works for acoustic instrumentation with 1-bit electronics, released individually on CD in special packaging that includes their full musical scores printed in poster form. This year, four works will be released, scored as duos between percussion, winds, harpsichord, strings and his 1-bit electronics, featuring performances by Meehan/ Perkins Duo, Ensemble Signal, Daniel Walden and others.

The recordings will be available individually ($12-$18) or as a $50 pre-order subscription, released over the course of 2015. A limited artist edition will be available for $250 at the end of the year. All physical orders will include digital audio downloads.

Tristan Perich
PE004 - Book - $40 Add to Cart
0.01s, Perich's companion to 1-Bit Symphony, is a voluminous synthesis of sound and computation in book form, giving a tangible mass to the code behinds its music. Digging even deeper into the basic operations of computation, 0.01s captures the inner workings of 1-Bit Symphony over the first hundredth of a second after it is switched on. In just 0.01 seconds, its processor executes 80,000 computational cycles, enough information to fill a 695-page book with austere tables of numbers and machine language, becoming a visual meditation on the internal mechanics of computation. First printing (2014) sold out. Back in print with a second printing (2020).

Tristan Perich
1-Bit Symphony
PE003 - Device - $30 Add to Cart
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.