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by Andrew Frisicano
That's 1-Bit Symphony pictured above in NYC composer Tristan Perich's hand. The piece comes programmed into a microchip that's wired with a battery, an on/off switch, a volume control and a headphone jack, all within a standard CD jewel case. The sounds that come out are similar to the video game bleeps of chiptune (or Dan Deacon), but instead of, say, an 8-bit "Billie Jean" cover, the music is layered as minimilist-influenced composition. Tristan put out a previous CD-case circuit, 1-Bit Music, in 2004. The project has already been on sale at shows (the Bang on a Can Marathon, for instance), but the official release is set for August 24th on Cantaloupe.
There'll be a release party for 1-Bit Symphony at Roulette on Friday, August 20th. In addition to Tristan Perich, sets include Shawn Greenlee playing "noise electronics" and Daniel Wohl with his piece Glitch, for string quartet and electronics.
A video for 1-Bit Symphony is posted below...