Review of the Percy Grainger Free Music Project performance/lecture at the Melbourne Grainger Museum
A review by Andrew Batt-Rawden of the After Julia concert.
Some photos from the concert
Follow these links for more information - on the After Julia concert featuring Julia Gillard at the live to ABCFM New Music Up Late performance on the 8th of November, the Carriageworks performance of The Moment of Disappearance on the 6th of November, Percy Grainger's Free Music performance at the Grainger Museum on the 9th of November and the Giacinto Scelsi program at the Melbourne Recital Centre on the 10th of November.
On the 16 dicembre 2013 at the L'Asilo theatre Decibel New Music Ensemble was joined by Fabrizio Elvetico (elettronica), Antonio Raia (sax), Tommaso Rossi (flutes), Dario Sanfilippo (elettronica) and dancers Alessandra Cozzolino, Giulia Ferrato, Chiara Orefice as part of the GEOGRAFIE DEL SUONO series for the Complete John Cage Variations project.
Here is some video from that performance put together by L'Asilo.
DECIBEL - STILL AND MOVING LINES (CD by Pogus)
Recently I played pretty much all of Alvin Lucier's work I have on CD, which is quite a lot. I loved it, which was perhaps a bit of surprise. Why you may wonder, as I had the CDs already? Partly because somewhere in the back of my head, you know the work of Lucier is highly conceptual, where the idea might sometimes more important then what it sounds like, so you don't easily return to such as CD. I was wrong, totally wrong. I loved almost all of them. When I got this I thought it was the Australian group Decibel performing the work of the same name by Lucier, but it's not. Here we have four pieces, three of which weren't released before. Decibel is a group of musicians from Australia who perform with acoustic instruments along with electronics, set out to perform scores. The scores by Lucier are usually a set of instructions, which work very well for a group like this. in 'Carbon Copies' for instance, the performers are asked to do a unedited recording of the environment, which we hear and then the instrumentalist plays an imitation of that recording along with it, then one where only the imitator hears the recording and finally the instrumentalist plays it as he remembers the recording. That sort of thing. But perhaps this is the sort of piece that doesn't sound like a 'typical' Lucier piece, with its long, sustaining sounds. This is more a piece of improvised music, which it effectively is. The other pieces are more like that, the four players playing an organ in 'Hands' for instance, or 'Shelter' in which sounds from outside a performance are translated through a wall, which leads to some far away results. The most musical piece here is 'Ever Present', for flute, saxophone and piano and slow sweep pure wave oscillator, moving with majestically slow tones on the instruments. These four pieces provide the listener with a fine insight in the work of Lucier and the scope of it. From very musical to very conceptual but always very enjoyable. (FdW
VITAL WEEKLY number 910
watch the entire of our Australian Program in Poland at the Audio Festival here!
Decibel will be performing at the Digital Humanities Conference, at a free function on the 18th of March, at 5pm, at Spectrum Project Space, on campus at Edith Cowan Unvieristy. Two works will be performed: Liminum by Cat Hope (featuring Laura Boynes performing) and Silent Revolution by Lindsay Vickery.
Its free and drinks are included, register here so there is enough for everyone!
The Decibel ScorePlayer allows for network-synchronised scrolling of proportional colour music scores on multiple iPads. This is designed to facilitate the reading of scores featuring predominantly graphic notation in rehearsal and performance. What's New in Version 1.1.0 is that it is now updated for iOS7, has interface improvements such as instruction menu's for each piece, minor bug fixes and a new score by Lindsay Vickery "Silent Revolution"
Comes with four built in scores, created by composers in Decibel new music ensemble, Cat Hope and Lindsay Vickery.
Ability to change scroll speed of the piece.
Easy to use slider to navigate to different sections of the piece for rehearsal purposes.
View full score or individual parts.
Works across any wi-fi connection.
Easy network check to verify which devices are on the network.
Modular structure enables easy updates, with more scores to come. Upload facilities, audio output and OSC communication are planned in future releases.
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