Tristan Perich’s Lo-Fi Electronic Sounds Reviewed

Source: The New York Times.

While many composers working with electronic resources these days tout the sophistication of their experiments, Tristan Perich does almost the opposite. For years he has worked with a technology he unabashedly describes as lo-fi, gritty, one-bit sound. Mr. Perich’s pieces and sound-art installations use one-bit electronics, which, if I understand it (and I’m not sure I do), involves electronic music that never has more than one bit of information at any given moment.

This New York composer gained attention last year with the release of “Noise Patterns,” which is not exactly a recording, but a small black-matte circuit board with a headphone jack on the side. Listeners who plug in earphones hear, in a way, a “live” performance of this six-track album exploring various uses of digital noise.