by Poppy Galloway
Baby's All Right presented a showcase of the finest in experimental electronica Wednesday night; featuring Tristan Perich's Noise Patterns, Daniel Wohl with IKTUS Percussion, and the Los Angeles–based indie group Lucky Dragons.
If you haven't seen or heard a live Tristan Perich audio composition, you should know that words just can't do him justice. Always thinking outside the box, Perich describes Noise Patterns as ". . . an investigation into the foundational limits of computation, which surface in the seemingly simple world of randomness."
The first-hand experience of this performance was a completely immersive and wholly sensorial affair. Armed with a modestly sized audio mixer, Perich's set began with murmurings of gritty, static noise that grew to resemble the sound of aged NASA footage of a rocket launch. When Perich had nearly crushed the known limits of sound and the audience's ability to process it (a dude in front of me was clutching his ears and hollering like a vegan in Baskin Robbins), the sound dispersed into sporadic pulses that reverberated off the walls, and then increased in frequency until he had once again created a wall of unrelenting NOISE.