Tristan Perich contacted me a few minutes ago, to hip me (and you!) to tonight’s activities at the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center. This is why I wish Lemp was a little closer. And now, watch me cheat the blogging gods by quoting liberally from Perich’s e-mail:
“I’m a New York-based composer, lugging a harpsichord around the country and playing a new composition for it with low-fi 1-bit electronics (an extension of 1-Bit Music, my circuit-in-a-cd-case album from a few years ago). Lesley Flanigan performs on her own hand-built speaker feedback instruments, which generate tones that she layers on top of her own voice.”
For my next trick, I will attempt an astounding feat of journalistic prestidigitation– copy-pasting the press release!
“New York artists Tristan Perich and Lesley Flanigan team up this Fall for a series of unique electronic music performances across the United States. Perich’s duet “Dual Synthesis” (for harpsichord and 1-bit electronics) and Flanigan’s “Amplifications” (for voice and speaker electronics) explore the viscerality of electronic music. Mixing primitive sounds from their own hand-constructed instruments with the harpsichord and voice, each choreographs intersections between acoustic and electric sound.
For composer/inventor Tristan Perich, “Dual Synthesis” comes on the heels of finishing his new album, “1-Bit Symphony.” An electronic composition in five movements on a single microchip, “1-Bit Symphony” expands on the format of his 2005 release, “1-Bit Music.” A departure from traditional recordings, “1-Bit Symphony” literally ‘performs’ its music live when turned on. A complete music circuit, programmed by the artist and packaged inside a standard CD jewel case, plays the composition through a headphone jack mounted in the case itself. Probing the foundations of digital sound, “1-Bit Symphony” celebrates the virtuosity of electricity. The new album, to be released by Cantaloupe Music, will be available exclusively for presale at performances during the tour.
Artist/vocalist Lesley Flanigan’s tour of “Amplifications“ introduces her first solo album for speaker electronics and voice. Moving among a cluster of wires and microphones, she builds compositional frameworks that grow and break apart. Her speaker instruments, employing a built-in microphone, create pulsing tones through their own feedback, which Flanigan samples and weaves into her own vocal patterns. The result is music that hovers somewhere between noise experiments and lyrical song, resonating with organic transparency.”
So here’s the moral of the story– if you’re able, get over to Lemp and check these folks out– and when you’re standing in line for that sweet pre-sale copy of “1-Bit Symphony,” remember to pick up a copy for the awesome blogger who told you about it!