Tristan Perich

MICROTONAL WALL


Currently on view at MoMA, Soundings: A Contemporary Score


1,500 speakers, each playing a single microtonal frequency, collectively spanning 4 octaves across 25-feet.

Commissioned in part by Rhizome, with additional support from the Addison Gallery.


Microtonal Wall is made up of 1,500 very simple one-bit speakers, tuned individually to create an intricately varied continuum of pitch, rendering this twenty-five-foot wall a spectrum of sound. Perich has explained, “Each listener's exploration of that aural space shapes what they hear, from the totality of white noise (from a distance), to the single frequency of each speaker (up close).” This near-endless variation “opens the scope of the piece to the entire universe, since only from an infinite distance would we be equidistant to each speaker, though in that case they would also have zero volume, and we would be very far from home.”



For further documentation and information, including a video click here.

MICROTONAL WALL


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