Boomkat Product Review:
A follow up to Tristan Perich's astonishingly inventive 1-Bit Music release, 1-Bit Symphony takes the composer's concept to a new scale. This is a digital edition of a physical release that avoids conventional recorded media formatting and instead opts for a more interactive medium. Housed within a jewelcase, Perich presents a complete electronic circuit which "performs" the music for you, rather than merely playing it back. Once switched on, this hand-assembled piece of electronics hardware plays through a five-movement symphony generated from a 1-bit audio signal. Of course, this digital version misses out the fundamental interactive component of the 1-Bit Symphony experience, but it serves as a highly convenient alternative means of delivery. "A return to the format of Perich's lauded 1-Bit Music (described by the Village Voice as "technology and aesthetic rolled into one"), 1-Bit Symphony further reduces the hardware involved while simultaneously expanding its musical ideas. 1-Bit Symphony utilizes on and off electrical pulses, synthesized by assembly code and routed from microchip to speaker, to manifest data as sound. The device treats electricity as a sonic medium, making an intimate connection between the materiality of hardware and the abstract logic of software. While 1-Bit Symphony is purely electronic in its execution, its contents reflect Perich's long-standing interest in orchestral composition. Since the release of 1-Bit Music in 2006, Perich's compositional work has combined 1-bit audio with acoustic classical instruments, providing insight into the conceptual and aesthetic relationships between physical and electronic sound. With 1-Bit Symphony, Perich brings this insight back into the digital realm, juxtaposing the grand form of a classical symphony with the minimal nature of 1-bit circuitry."