Monday, August 16, 2010

1-bit symphony plays music, not recording, via circuitry

Tristan Perich's 1-Bit Symphony is an electronic composition in five movements on a single microchip. This silicon-based symphony literally performs music live when turned on. A complete electronic circuit -- programmed by the artist and assembled by hand -- plays the music.

While the sound takes some getting used to (NPR's Weekend All Things Considered host Guy Raz was not an instant fan when the 1-Bit Symphony got a review during his program), it is an interesting blend of computing and art, using the electrical pulses that are the foundation of electronics. Rather than powering a sophisticated music player, the electrical pulses are the music.

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