Tristan Perich: Noise Patterns
Thursday, April 1, 2021
a space of limit as possibility
Fridman Gallery and CT::SWaM present a continuation of the SO⅃ OS performance series featuring live music inside the empty gallery. Composer and artist Tristan Perich will perform a site-specific version of his solo electronics project, Noise Patterns, where the acoustics of the gallery will become part of the live mix.
Perich's Noise Patterns digs into the primitive particles of digital 1-bit audio that has become Perich’s signature sound. The sonic raw material in Noise Patterns is digital 1-bit noise: a probabilistic density of random oscillations that Perich sequences into rhythmic patterns, textures, pulses and beats. For this streaming performance, Perich's electronics will be amplified within the gallery and captured by microphones positioned to make the acoustic resonance of the space an integral part of the broadcast to remote listeners.
Tristan Perich's 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." 1-Bit Music, his 2004 release on Cantaloupe Music, was the first album ever released as a microchip, programmed to synthesize his electronic composition live. His follow-up release, 1-Bit Symphony, was called "sublime" (New York Press), and the Wall Street Journal said "its oscillations have an intense, hypnotic force and a surprising emotional depth." His latest album, Drift Multiply (Nonesuch, New Amsterdam), for 50 violins and 50 speakers, was described by the New York Times as "a constantly evolving landscape where sounds coalesce and prism, where the violins both pull into focus and blur into a soothing ether." His work coupling 1-bit electronics with traditional forms in both music and visual art has been presented around the world, from Sonar and Ars Electronica to The Museum of Modern Art.