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Geeks rejoice! A 1-Bit Symphony, art, music and microchips.

Geeks rejoice! A 1-Bit Symphony, art, music and microchips. (photo)

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I may look it in that 4 year old picture above with those old 1960’s Maurice Micklewhite glasses, but I’m not that much of a geek. I don’t like math, and I don’t get off on laptop music or freak out in coffee shops about emerging network protocols evolving into a sentient intelligence. But this little piece of work by Tristan Perich is awfully neat.

Just look at it. It’s a work of art, of human ingenuity, and tinkering. It’s also an album, an electronic composition. A symphony in five movements on chips and wires. The housing is familiar, a CD jewel case, that also incorporates the speaker with which you can listen to the album – it plays the through a headphone jack mounted into the case.

This is no ordinary recording though. Like a typical work of music, the composition was written, or in this case programmed, and then hands went to work, in this case assembling the circuitry. But when you listen to it you’re not hearing a recording since the contraption is literally performing the music when you turn it on.

It is the successor to Perich’s 1-Bit Music from 2006, but with technological advances he’s reduced the hardware and upped the output. To put it simply, “1-Bit Symphony utilizes on and off electrical pulses, synthesized by assembly code and routed from microchip to speaker, to manifest data as sound.” So simple.

Check out the man himself talking about this latest work. Man he’s deep out there. Open the pod bay doors, HAL. I look forward to the addition of vocals in the future, perhaps a rendition of “Daisy” would do. Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do. I’m half crazy all for the love of youuu.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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