Tristan Perich

1-Bit Music

1-Bit Music (2004-2005), a project by composer and artist Tristan Perich, probes the foundations of digital sound.

An electronic circuit is assembled inside a CD case with a headphone jack on the side. The device plays back 40 minutes of low-fi 1-bit electronic music—the lowest possible digital representation of audio. The Cantaloupe Music release of 1-Bit Music is no longer available, except as a limited art edition ($100).

Perich works with the same chips to create 1-Bit Video and his machine drawings, pen-on-paper drawings executed by machine that explore randomness and order.

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Regular Edition:

Released by Cantaloupe Music/Bang on a Can. Edition of 1,000.

Artist Edition:

Limited, signed and numbered edition of 1-Bit Music. A silkscreened poster including the schematic, source code and part list accompanies the music-generating box in an edition of 100.


Electronics recorded from 1-Bit Music

Compositions for ensemble with 1-Bit Music

Active Field 10 violins, 10-channel 1-bit electronics
Observations 2 sets of crotales, 6-channel 1-bit electronics
Telescope 2 b. clarinets, 2 b. saxophones, 4-channel 1-bit electronics
Interface string quartet, 4-channel 1-bit electronics

Selected non-electronic compositions

Perhaps bass clarinet, piano
J'ai quand même une tête bizarre violin, clarinet, cello
Duet piano duet


WIRE Magazine (by Kurt Gottschalk) — November 2008
Village Voice (or online, by Jesse Jarnow) — June 2008
Bomb Magazine (by Michelle Gerber Klein) — Summer 2008
Surface Magazine (by Tiffany Jow) — Issue 63
Spin Magazine — August 2007
BPM (Critter) — November 2005
Res Magazine — Vol 9, No 2 - 2005
Wired News (by Rachel Metz) — 9/15/2005