“…clearly a labour of love, which is even more evident in the high quality performances. Highly recommended”. Joshua Meggitt, Cyclic Defrost. Read the full review here
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“A misshapenly beautiful soundtrack to a wasteland shelter.” Lyndon Blue, Cool Perth Nights. Read the full review here
“It is s safe to say that there’s no one in the country, perhaps the world doing the kinds of things with traditional instrumentation that Decibel are doing, let alone with new compositional structures and methods of sound generation. Stasis Ecstatic is an exemplary collection of pieces illustrating the sheer limits of sound, and the rewards that can be reaped by those with the requisite patience and open-mindedness required from such exploratory approaches to sound.”
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ILLARIO COLLI (Limelight) : There are certain ensembles that have quite a close working relationship with TURA. Perth-based new music ensemble Decibel seems to be one of them. How do such collaborations enrich TURA, do you think?
TOS MAHONEY (Tura): Well hopefully it’s a two-way enrichment. We provide the structure and performance platforms to help get these ensembles off the ground. Rather than enriching TURA, I would say they enrich the WA music scene and that of the whole world. Ongoing ensembles like Decibel that are dedicated to presenting local composers are few and far between, so they really are an essential part of the Australian music landscape. It’s been a great privilege and pleasure to help Decibel establish themselves.
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” mood-inducing and aurally enticing” Lyndon Blue.
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“Into this quiet, conservative atmosphere they work with the quirky edges of new music, each piece holding a surprise within it that turns the conservatism of composition on its head.” Darren Jorgenson. Read the full review here
“Distant dark sound shadows and electro acoustic adventures” – Decibel article in Schott’s new music magazine.Monday, June 18th, 2012
DISTANT, DARK SONIC SHADOWS AND ELECTROACOUSTIC ADVENTURES:
THE AUSTRALIAN ENSEMBLE DECIBEL ON THEIR FIRST EUROPEAN TOUR
” The conceptual range of Decibel is broader, more open, and contains more surprises than that of some large European New Music Ensembles…These concerts of the Australian ensemble in Europe have been mutually illuminating – in the sense of an intercontinental exchange, enriching us both, the Australian Ensemble and the European new music scene.”
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“We hear the auditorium in new ways; we become more in-the-world than in a model of the world (and hence apart). Harking back to biology, using sound to indicate spatial structure and the properties of the objects that compose it is highly adaptive—the emotional valence of the spatialised sound flows naturally from the coupling of our sensory apparatus and properties of the world that are useful to us as animals within that world.” Read the full review here.
“… this was an interesting concert: new fields of resonance, and ways to producer them; the establishment of new associations; the otherwise never heard extreme tonal possibilities of violin, cello, bass clarinet and flute”.
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“Decibel’s … experimentalism is a slow-burn process, working through constellations of ideas with a fine-tooth comb so as to not neglect the finer points. Decibel probed not only the conventions of Western Art Music, but indeed, of experimental tendencies themselves – to reveal how the smallest things can sometimes be the most telling, touching and compelling. ”Read the full review here.