Press and career highlights
“Five out of five stars!” Jonathan Marshall, Limelight, December, 2018.
“Adventurous, inquisitive, challenging. Decibel honour and sabotage modernist traditions.” – Cool Perth Nights, June 2011
"Decibel blows the traditional out of the water",Rosalind Appleby, Limelight September 2017
European Appearances 2017, 2016, 2013, 2012.
Japan Tour 2016.
Australian tours 2017, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010.
TedX Perth, 2012.
Radio recordings and broadcast on SWR Germany, ABC CLassicFM.
APRA|AMC Award for Excellence in Experimental Music, 2014, 2011
(nominated in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016).
Arts Hub Performing Arts Awards (finalist) 2012
WAM Awards (finalist) 2014, 2013, 2015, 2016)
- The Complete John Cage Variations Project, 2016 (Mode, USA), CD, (forthcoming).
- The Last Days of Reality, 2018 (Room 40, CD) Music by Lionel Marchetti and Cat Hope
- Tuned Darker, 2014 (Listen:Hear, Aus). LP.
- Still and Moving Lines: the Music of Alvin Lucier, 2013 (Pogus, USA), CD
- Stasis Ecstatic, 2012 (Heartless Robot Productions), LP.
- Disintegration: Mutation, 2010 (hellosQuared), CD.
Decibel New Music Ensemble
Decibel are a new music ensemble that focus on the integration of acoustic and electronic instruments in chamber music performance, founded in Western Australia in 2009.
They are world leading interpreters of graphic notations and pioneer digital score formats for composition and performance. This includes the ongoing development of their successful Decibel ScorePlayer App for iPad, enabling coordinated performance of graphic notations.
Whilst rooted in western art music tradition, Decibel aim to remove stylistic boundaries in their commissioning and performance approaches.
The ensemble has collaborated with composers such as Eliane Radigue, Werner Dafeldecker, Agostino Di Scipio, Alvin Curran, David Toop, Marina Rosenfeld, Lionel Marchetti, Andreas Weixler and Johannes S. Sistermanns and worked with iconic Australian composers Jon Rose, Alan Lamb, Ross Bolleter, Warren Burt, Eric Griswold and Anthony Pateras. Decibel have contributed the Australian premieres of works by Fausto Romitelli, Tristan Murail, Alvin Lucier, Peter Ablinger, Mauricio Kagel and have toured and recorded monograph concerts dedicated to Roger Smalley, Alvin Lucier, John Cage and Giacinto Scelsi.
Decibel have commissioned over 70 new works since their foundation, toured Europe, Japan and Australia, recorded for ABC Classic FM and SWR German Radio, and released five albums to date on Australian and international labels.
Decibel members currently reside across Perth, Western Australia and Melbourne, Victoria. They are Cat Hope (artistic director, flutes, bass), Lindsay Vickery (reeds), Stuart James (electronics, keyboards, drum kit), Aaron Wyatt (viola), Tristen Parr (cello) and Louise Devenish (percussion).
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