DATE: Saturday, Oct. 18th, 2008
TIME: 8:00pm – 10:00pm
LOCATION: Ceremony Hall
ADDRESS: 4100 Red River (map)
ADMISSION: $10 general; $8 for members/students
AGES: All ages
The Austin Museum of Digital Art is pleased to present a performance by the Loud Objects and a program of works by innovative composer Tristan Perich. The evening will unfurl a turbulently beautiful side of low-level electronic circuits, ubiquitous in the consumer products we use daily. These artists subvert the usual roles of these tiny chips, which produce the lowest possible digital representation of audio, coaxing out swarms of unhinged sound.
Tristan Perich brings us four new compositions for traditional instruments of the orchestra alongside custom one-bit electronic instruments built and programmed by the composer. The evening will begin quietly with “Momentary Expanse” for solo vibraphone and 1-bit electronics performed by Nick Hennies of New Music Co-op and “A, B, C, D” for solo flute and 1-bit electronics performed by Seetha Shivaswamy. The next portion of the program will turn the volume up a notch with the world premiere of a new work for two violas and 1-bit electronics performed by James Alexander & Travis Weller of New Music Co-op. Finally, the frenetic “Observations” for two sets of crotales (antique cymbals) and 1-bit electronics will be performed by Nick Hennies of New Music Co-op and Matt Teodori of the Cage Percussion Players.
After an introduction to 1-bit music somewhat tempered by traditional sounds, the audience will be thrust headlong into the strange sonic world of the Loud Objects. The Loud Objects have set the standard for performative live circuit bending. Wielding hot smoking soldering irons and a ramshackle overhead projector, the New York City-based trio (composer Tristan Perich, programmer Kunal Gupta, and architect Katie Shima) build up musical instruments from scratch, while the audience looks on, using custom programmed microchips in pursuit of chaotic electronic sound. During the opening minutes of their performance, The Loud Objects are surrounded by a bleak silence as they swiftly assemble an initial circuit, their work surface projected for the audience in mysterious silhouette. Gradually, as more components are added, Perich, Gupta and Shima create a living sculpture of microchips which give rise to a swarm of percussive 1-bit noise.
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About the Performance Series
The Austin Museum of Digital Art (AMODA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage the public and artists in the creation, understanding, and appreciation of digital art. The Performance Series is focused on presenting experimental music and digital performance art in a contemplative setting. More info →