The 1-bit Symphony

While the amplitude of digital sound samples is generally encoded on 16-bit (i.e. CD’s, 65,536 possibilities) or 24-bit words (i.e CPU’s, 16,777,216 possibilities), Musician Tristan Perich has achieved the prowess of composing a Symphony using 1-bit tones (only two possibilities, 0 or 1). Entitled “the 1-bit Symphony“, this piece of music is extremely surprising by its complexity, harmony and creativity. Although the symphony reminds the early days of computers and video games, its packaging is definitely at the forefront of minimalistic design (the music is self-contained on a single microchip embedded in a transparent CD case). Altogether, an amazing example of creative musical composition.

“Simple audio wave forms, squared waves and 1-bit tones do not mean necessarily that the music is simplistic” – Tristan Perich

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