Published Jun 04, 2011Minimalist composer and sound artist Tristan Perich sat down at a flat, wooden table in front of a copy of his 1-Bit Symphony release as his only sound source. 1-Bit Symphony consists of an electronic circuit that comes housed in a CD jewel case that plays "live" when you switch it on. The score for the piece is stored on a microchip and this gets interpreted as music in a similar way to MIDI technology. In addition, Perich had assembled a bank of homemade media controllers that allowed him to adjust an image sent from a synthesizer to the four surrounding video screens, creating a pattern as starkly minimalist as the music itself. In parts it had an almost organ-like feel that is perhaps best described as Tim Hecker on a Game Boy, and as the tracks built, it almost sounded like a more digital Emeralds. A unique and immersive performance.