Noise Patterns by Tristan Perich

The sound artist behind 1-Bit Music has a new album available on circuitboard

Sound artist Tristan Perich has long been interested in stripping art down to an elemental level to explore randomness and order (catch his drawing machine in this 2006 Cool Hunting video). To listen to his 2004-2005 album1-Bit Music, one plugged headphones into a translucent CD case as a microchip played 40 minutes in low-fi 1-bit audio tones—electronic music’s most simple, raw form. Only a single …

Studio van Broekhoven + Olivier van Herpt: Solid Vibrations

Translating soundwaves to 3D-printed ceramic pots

The “Solid Vibration” project is an ongoing collaboration between Eindhoven, The Netherlands-based sound laboratory Studio van Broekhoven and industrial designer Olivier van Herpt, who built a custom ceramic printer where the extruding clay is influenced by vibrations emitting from a speaker. As the video above makes clear, van Herpt’s printer translates low, rumbling frequencies into textural patterns that resemble weaving. There’s a lot of room …

Robbie Thomson’s Spectacular XFRMR (Transformer)

The Glasgow-based artist on performing live with an electrifying Tesla Coil

Imagine the spectacle of a summer thunderstorm—with its smell of ozone, flashes of lightning and the charge of electricity in the air. What if you could somehow control the power of the lightning and harness it to create an artificial performance that evokes that same awe? Glasgow-based artist Robbie Thomson’s work “XFRMR (Transformer)” does just that. For the sonic performance, Thomson works with a Tesla …