Guest Artist Feature #3: Loud Objects
“…Loud Objects, the trio who opened last week’s [Bent] festival, elegantly brought a circuit to noisy life on an overhead projector…” – Jesse Jarnow, Associated Press
The Loud Objects, wielding soldering irons over a ramshackle overhead projector, wire up live musical circuits, gerrymandering electronic noise.
Tristan Perich, Kunal Gupta and Katie Shima make up the Loud Objects, an electronic noise group of musicians, artists and architects who construct digital circuits on-stage with soldering irons and microchips. The action takes place on an antique overhead projector, making the smoky assembly transparent, which goes hand-in-hand with the low-level circuits that create the music (similar to Perich’s own 1-Bit Music). The first five minutes of their set is usually in punctuated silence as they construct the initial circuit, which finally explodes into dense sound. But don’t mistake little microchips for small sound… the noise is loud and lush, morphing and modulating as new chips are added to the low-fi mix.
New York-based Tristan Perich is inspired by the aesthetics of math and physics, and works with simple forms and complex systems. The challenge of elegance provokes his work in acoustic and electronic music, and physical and digital art.
The WIRE Magazine describes his compositions as “an austere meeting of electronic and organic.” His works for soloist, ensemble and orchestra have been performed internationally by ensembles including Bang on a Can, Calder Quartet and Meehan/Perkins at venues from the Whitney Museum, P.S.1, Merkin Hall, the Stone and Joe’s Pub to Los Angeles’ Zipper Hall and Lentos in Austria. He has received commissions from Bang on a Can, Dither Quartet, Yarn/Wire and Transit New Music.