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Tristan Perich

Studio Interior
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Studio Location
1-Bit Symphony (2009)
1-Bit Symphony (at bitforms gallery, 2009)
1-Bit Symphony and 1-Bit Music (at bitforms gallery, 2009)
Five Linear Constructions (at bitforms gallery, 2009)
Machine Drawing (at bitforms gallery, 2009)
Artist's Statement

I find beauty in the foundations of math and physics, the formal systems that distill amazingly complex phenomena down to a basic set of rules. These systems, with their rote instructions, are elegantly captured by machines, which epitomize process itself. I employ microchips—simple computers—that I program to create electronic sound by sending on and off pulses of electricity directly to audio speakers, or to create video patterns by controlling the cathode ray tube of a television with direct pulses of electricity, or a drawing machine by translating on and off pulses into delicate steps of a pen.


The challenge of elegance provokes Tristan Perich's work in physical and digital art. The Village Voice calls his circuit-in-a-CD-case album, 1-Bit Music, "technology and aesthetic rolled into one." WIRE Magazine describes his music as "an austere meeting of electronic and organic." In 2009, Austria’s Prix Ars Electronica awarded him the Award of Distinction for his composition Active Field. Rhizome awarded him a 2010 commission for an audio installation with 1,500 speakers. Perich had a solo exhibition at bitforms gallery in 2009. His machine drawings were showcased in the 2005 book "Makers," and have been shown in group shows at the Dactyl Foundation, ABC No Rio, the Philoctetes Center, Gallery 51, and Greylock Arts. Perich studied math, music and computer science at Columbia University. More recently, he studied electronic art at ITP / Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.