Tristan Perich – The Density of Air
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 8:00 pm
The Density of Air, Tristan Perich’s new composition for pianist Vicky Chow, places the solo piano in a delicate sea of white noise. Forty loudspeakers will be wired to hand-built electronics and will blanket the stage, each producing barely audible durations of white noise, accumulating in drifting waves of sound.
Tristan Perich‘s (New York) 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, was the first album ever released as a microchip, programmed to synthesize his electronic composition live. His latest circuit album, 1-Bit Symphony (Cantaloupe, 2010) has received critical acclaim, called “sublime” (New York Press), and the Wall Street Journal said “its oscillations have an intense, hypnotic force and a surprising emotional depth.” His award winning work coupling 1-bit electronics with traditional forms in both music (Active Field, Observations) and visual art (Machine Drawings, Microtonal Wall) has been presented around the world, from Sonar and Ars Electronica to the Whitney Museum and bitforms gallery.
Tristan Perich & Vicky Chow’s The Density of Air is funded in part through New Music USA’s MetLife Creative Connections Program.