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Out now is the latest volume of SoundScripts, vol 4, featuring writing by Decibel composers, as well as composers we have performed and commissioned : including Marina Rosenfeld, Austin Buckett, Mace Francis, Anthony Pateras, Sam Gillies and more.
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Decibel went to the ABC studios to record a series of graphic notated works that were featured in the Drawn From Sound exhibition earlier in 2013. The results can be heard in a series of podcasts made by ABC CLassic FM producer Stephen Adams. Each one features a piece or two, and some commentry from Decibel director and curator of the exhibition, Cat Hope.
You can find there here;
GRAPHIC 1 – Sam Gillies
GRAPHIC 2 – Vickery
GRAPHIC 4 – Grainger
GRAPHIC 5 - Nagorcka and Harrop
GRAPHIC 6 - Hustas
“N-Dimension by Decibel’s own Stuart James… is one of the most brilliant New Music works I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing…this group of composers warrant the platform they’ve been given tonight: separate from academia, away from stuffy concert halls, in the midst of the city, the cultural centre, and its Friday night goings on – in the thick of things, front and centre.” Lyndon Blue, COol Perth Nights. Read the full review here
“Decibel from Perth performed in a cut down configuration featuring Cat Hope on bass flute and Lindsay Vickery on bass clarinet and Sydney-based guests Mark Cauvin on double bass and Jon Watts on laptop. Using their custom designed app, ScorePlayer, the ensemble performed two new graphic scores projected for both players and audience to follow. The first, Silent Revolution by Lindsay Vickery, combines a notation of coloured lines with collaged black and white images of historical revolts that gradually become increasingly abstracted. The players are prompted to make short staccato eruptions developing into longer more intertwined atonal sequences. The rich rabble of sound manipulated by Watts on laptop near the conclusion of the score is particularly interesting as is its visual correlation of dense larva-like texture. The second piece, Lower Drawer by Cat Hope, consists purely of coloured lines dictating sustained tones and small pitch bends and glissandi. It’s a quiet and ambiguous piece—always in the process of becoming and never arriving, an intriguing effect that feels intimately linked to the scrolling mechanism of the score which creates a kind of self-contained chaos.” Gail Priest, Realtime, read the full article here
The Decibel program is entitled ‘Lower Drawer’ and features 2 new works by Cat Hope and Lindsay Vickery for lower range instruments. Scores will be projected in this performance. Also on the program is Gary Bradbury/Ian Andrews, Garth Paine, Micheala Davies, Leah Barclay and Shane Fahey.