Tuned Darker

by Decibel

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The album title comes from a line in a poem by Louise Glück which refers to the subtle and parallel changes in light and sound. This album is an exploration of that subtleness. Sounds shift and morph, teetering on the edge of, and in-between, different tunings. Instrumental colour is a focus of this album, in particular the way it changes in different ranges, diffusions and voices. Hope's "Lowest Drawer" explores a slow, dark and gentle comparison of low electronic and acoustic sounds that create complex acoustic beatings as they slowly unfold. James's "n dimension" uses samples of wavering acoustic instrumentals to create a sea of sound diffusions that explores concepts of dimensionality. Vickery's song cycle "Night Fragments," featuring Caitlin Cassidy, uses text by Belgian surrealist author Françilon Daniels to explore the twilight between sleep and wakefulness, with different instruments often progressing at different rates from each other using click tracks to guide them.

Decibel are world leaders in the integration of acoustic instruments and electronics, pioneering electronic score formats, including the Decibel Scoreplayer App, incorporating mobile score formats and networked coordination performance environments.

The ensemble has collaborated with composers such as 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 monograph concerts dedicated to Alvin Lucier, John Cage and Giacinto Scelsi.


released January 19, 2015

Cat Hope: Artistic Director, Flute, Bass Flute
Lindsay Vickery: Bass Clarinet, Electronics
Stuart James: Piano, Electronics
Tristen Parr: Cello
Aaron Wyatt: Viola
Louise Devinish: Percussion
Caitlin Cassidy: Mezzo-soprano

Recorded, mixed and mastered at the Sound Field
Studio by Stuart James. Photography and design
by Traianos Pakioufakis



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