Tristan Perich

Notes from the Composer

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tristan Perich


Performed by Ben Jacobson, violin; Andrew Bulbrook, violin; Jon Moerschel, viola; Eric Byers, cello.

These two pieces are part of a continued exploration of the relationship between traditional acoustic instrumentation and primitive 1-bit electronics. Drawing upon theories of computation and my interest in the foundations of mathematics and logic, I work to create music that expresses a formal approach to structure and process, while also appealing to our poetic nature. Theoretical physics has driven much of my work, and provided a profound connection between the abstract world of mathematical logic and the physical world where vibrating air translates to sound.

Infinite expanse, represented through finite vocabulary, within finite timeframe. Bounded by the confines of logic, the landscape, trajectories from here to somewhere, continuously transform. Contained within the expanse of a rectangle, momenta suspended in their potential action, grounded figures project ceaseless vibration.

Active Field

Performed by Jessica Pavone, violin; Olivia De Prato, violin; Monica Davis, violin; Sage Cole, violin; Tom Swafford, violin; Kiku Enomoto, violin; Andie Springer, violin; Elena Park, violin; Sasha Korczynski, violin; Matt McBane, violin.

Two spheres gently brush, their interface: molecular filaments invisible to the naked eye yet varied, geometric in their spininess. These patterns interlock, communicate via their barbs and valleys, exchange information, transfer entropy. A literature grows and dies during their contact, a libretto of the encounter. Surface meets surface, singly, briefly, in anticipation of the next vast divergence.


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Comments [15]

Ian A from Ridgewood

Tristan takes a really interesting angle on the performer/technology relationship. Making the "tape" part physical (in the form of his on-stage microchips and LED displays) lets the listener know that there's a process underway rather than someone pressing a space bar at the top of the piece. It's a much more satisfying experience for both performer and audience. I think Orpheus and Orpheus fans would be in for a treat if Tristan got the opportunity to write for them.

Jul. 02 2010 03:19 PM
ATS from NYC

I think Tristan is an extremely intelligent and purposeful composer, very refreshing!

Jul. 01 2010 10:00 AM

Wen Tristan maks patterns on walls my humans laik it. When I try? Not so much.

Jun. 25 2010 04:03 PM
Ted from New York City

I realise a lot of comments are by the composer's friends, but I'm looking for something more. Something unique! I'm sorry, but I think a lot of these composers all sound the same. Carnegie Hall is obviously looking to give this opportunity to a young composer, as they are looking for a unique musician

Jun. 24 2010 10:13 AM
Libby Fabricatore from Astoria, NY

Tristan's work is brilliant and inspiring, I'm a huge fan! Absolutely yes bring his work to Carnegie hall!

Jun. 21 2010 10:07 PM
Marlon Feld from New York CIty

I've known Tristan now for some years, since he was an undergraduate at Columbia where I teach. His work continues to become deeper and richer with each new composition. If anyone belongs in Carnegie Hall, it's him!

Jun. 21 2010 11:03 AM
Devidyal from Atlanta,GA

I am a former member of the board of directors and current member of the music committee of eyedrum art and music space in Atlanta, GA. Tristan Perich is one of my favorite performers to have ever graced us with his music. I also saw him compete at the Guthman New Musical Instrument competition at Georgia Tech this past year. Tristan is welcomed back any time and the next time I am in the New York area I can only hope to catch him on a performance night.

Jun. 20 2010 07:50 PM
Sarah from Phoenix, AZ

Tristan is a brilliantly talented and creative artist.

Jun. 20 2010 04:46 PM
Dino from Williamsburgh, Brooklyn, New York

I've been able to catch Mr. Perich perform in Brooklyn and Manhattan on numerous occasions for both his 8-bit work and his compositions and I think a stage like Carnegie Hall would be an excellent venue for his work...!

Jun. 20 2010 12:19 PM
Nailya Alexander from New York

Tristan is a brilliant artist, I admire his music and always look forward to his performances.

Jun. 20 2010 11:37 AM
Lainie from New York City

Tristan's music is always a joy to experience. I'd be so excited to hear what he'd have in store for Orpheus!

Jun. 20 2010 10:49 AM
Paul Davies from Antwerp, Belgium

Tristan is the very portrait of a contemporary artist, deeply thoughtful about matters that challenge us, and shape our culture. His work is not only intellectually curious but often emotionally moving and beautiful.

Jun. 20 2010 09:51 AM
Jean from DC from Washington, DC

Tristan Perich creates new worlds of sound bridging low and hi tech in a way that is simultaneously flat and incredibly rich. His work encourages listeners to meditate on the roles of texture and atmosphere in setting the tone of a new kind of concert experience. Hearing his work in a large space such as Carnegie Hall would be really interesting. Thanks to Orpheus for considering him.

Jun. 20 2010 09:11 AM
Steve Bookman

Tristan Perich has by now accumulated enough experience to be masterful yet he has not lost the affecting quality of being fascinated by every new discovery he makes. At a sweet spot in his creative career, it seems that increasingly others are finding it worthwhile to hitch their wagons to his particular star.

Jun. 20 2010 08:21 AM
Giada from London

Tristan Perich is a genius- I am a massive fan.

Jun. 20 2010 08:05 AM

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