With his band Atari Teenage Riot and his label Digital Hardcore, Alec Empire was a pivotal figure in the politicisation of early 90’s rave culture.
Released in the same year FutureEverything was born, Empire’s ‘Low On Ice’ (The Icelandic Sessions) is a unique monument of atmospheric poignancy and sonic radicalism. It was created in 1994 in a single session in Iceland when, immediately after a festival appearance with Atari Teenage Riot, Empire “drove with buzzing ears to the great outdoors, seeking an exact opposite experience” in which to experiment with minimalist analogue electronic hardware.
This new audiovisual live performance has been created to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this seminal point in electronic music, and features a new collaboration with laptop performer, violinist and and video artist Zan Lyons.
Completing this special double-bill is composer and artist Tristan Perich, who presents ‘Noise Patterns’, a new composition of 1-bit patterns of white noise, programmed for and performed by microchip. Instead of synthesizing definite frequencies, the code in Noise Patterns outputs random sequences of 1s and 0s. The ‘notes’ of Perich’s score are then varying probabilities of randomness—ranging from the sound of white noise to sporadic instantaneous pops which he composes into rhythmic patterns. In a tidal wave of 1-bit noise, the music is an investigation into the foundational limits of computation, which surface in the seemingly simple world of randomness.
Perich’s award-winning work couples 1-bit electronics with more traditional media, in both music (Active Field, Observations) and visual arts (Machine Drawings, Microtonal Wall). His work has been presented around the world, including at Sonar, Ars Electronica and the Whitney Museum. Perich was one of the 16 artists selected for MOMA’s first ever exhibition of sound art ‘Soundings’ in 2013.