TRISTAN PERICH: OCTAVE


  • Kitchener Public Library 85 Queen Street North Kitchener, ON, N2H 2H1 Canada
Credit: New Westminster Media Gallery

Credit: New Westminster Media Gallery

Octave is a whimsical and ingenious embodiment of pitch as a macroscopic and microscopic event. Octave consists of 300 speakers projecting 300 different frequencies which are distributed at equal distances and in ascending order at the length of one octave from Do to Do or C to C. Each one of the 12 panels in which the piece is divided comprises a semi-tone (one could say that they correspond to the 12 musical notes of an octave on a piano) : the speaker on the bottom left of the first panel sounds at C, the second panel C#, the third D, and so forth. Each microtonally tuned speaker is independent but combines to form coherency.  Stand back and hear white noise, draw closer and hear pitch coalesce, travel up and down and experience the individual personalities of each tone and their relationship to each other.

TRISTAN PERICH

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 works for soloist, ensemble and orchestra have been performed internationally by ensembles including Bang on a Can, Calder Quartet, Eighth Blackbird at venues from the Whitney Museum and Mass MoCA to Sonar and Ars Electronica. He has received commissions from Bang on a Can, Meehan/Perkins Duo, Dither Quartet, Yarn/Wire, and others.