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Tristan Perich

  • Composer


In 2004 Tristan Perich began work on 1-Bit Music to experiment with the foundations of electronic sound, culminating in a physical "album," a music-generating circuit packaged inside a standard CD jewel case, available from Cantaloupe Music. His new circuit album, 1-Bit Symphony, is a long-form electronic composition in five movements.

As a visual artist, Perich has had solo exhibitions at bitforms gallery (NYC) and Mikrogalleriet (Copenhagen) in 2009, and Museo Carandente (Spoleto) in 2010. His Machine Drawings, pen-on-paper drawings executed by machine, were described as "elegantly delicate" by BOMB Magazine. His work with 1-bit video, including Eighteen Linear Constructions, exhibited in 2009 at Issue Project Room, employs binary electrical pulses to create images on cathode ray televisions. His artwork has been included in group shows at LABoral (Barcelona), iMAL (Brussels), MCLA's Gallery 51 (MA), ABC No Rio (NY), the Philoctetes Center (NY), and Greylock Arts (MA) and a traveling science museum exhibit in Arkansas.

His experimental music group, the Loud Objects (with Kunal Gupta and Katie Shima), perform electronic music by soldering their own noise-making circuits, live, from scratch in front of the audience. They have performed and exhibited at festivals around the world, and received a 2009 commission from to create a networked noise toy development tool.

He received the Prix Ars Electronica in 2009 and will be a featured artist at Sonar 2010 in Barcelona. Rhizome awarded him a 2010 comission for a microtonal audio installation with 1,500 speakers. He was artist in residence at Issue Project Room in 2008, at Mikrogalleriet in Copenhagen in 2010, and at the Addison Gallery in Fall 2010. He has spoken about his work and taught workshops around the world. He studied music, math and computer science at Columbia University, and electronic art at ITP/Tisch.