Tristan Perich

The Graham Foundation

Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610

Lampo is very happy to bring you Tristan Perich and his 1-Bit Symphony with 1-bit video work, Linear Constructions.

1-bit is lo-fi and low-res. Binary electrical pulses—that is, on/off switches—synthesized by code, are routed by microchip to speaker or cathode ray television to create sound or light. Here, Tristan will show you what can be done with simple forms and complex systems.

Trained in mathematics and piano, Tristan Perich (b.1982, New York, N.Y.) works in acoustic and electronic music. Best known for his constructions that explore the physicality of sound and the polyphonic potential of 1-bit audio, his 1-Bit Music (2004-05) and 1-Bit Symphony (2010) celebrate the virtuosity of electricity. Neither release is a traditional recording. Instead, each is a music-generating circuit, housed in a CD jewel case with a headphone jack. Perich also has composed several works for musicians with 1-bit music accompaniment, and is in the music group the Loud Objects (with Kunal Gupta and Katie Shima), which performs by soldering its own noise-making circuits live in front of the audience.

As a visual artist, his projects include Machine Drawings, pen on paper or wall drawings executed by a machine that he designed and built, and Linear Constructions, installations for 1-bit video circuits and multiple cathode ray televisions. Individual video-generating circuits (designed and programmed by the artist) are wired to each television. The code on each chip synthesizes rapidly panning low-resolution 1-bit video patterns.

His work has been recognized by Prix Ars Electronica, commissioned by Rhizome, Bang on a Can and, and performed and exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad. Perich graduated from Columbia University, and received a master’s degree in art, music and electronics at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

Presented in partnership with the Graham Foundation