Tristan Perich, Douglas Perkins Talk “Drift Multiply” With Anne Lanzilotti


Composer Tristan Perich, whose Drift Multiply, for 50 violins and 50-channel 1-bit electronics, was released on New Amsterdam and Nonesuch Records earlier this month, discussed the piece and recording – which both Uncut and the New Yorker call “mesmerizing” and the Wire calls “unapologetically beautiful” – with conductor Douglas Perkins in a live, online Q&A moderated by Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti last night. You can watch the conversation again here:

Drift Multiply, Perich’s largest work to date, is performed by fifty violins and fifty loudspeakers and is conducted on the album by Perkins. Scored as one hundred individual lines of music, the piece blends violins and speakers into a cascading tapestry of tone, harmony, and noise. The violins perform from sheet music, while the speakers are each connected to custom-built circuit boards programmed to output 1-bit audio, the most basic digital waveforms made of just ones and zeroes. // Continue to the full article
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