‘Tuned Darker’ – new release from Decibel

"Australia's most fearless new music ensemble" Julian Day, New Music Up Late.

Listen/Hear Collective is thrilled to present ‘Tuned Darker’, the latest release from new music mavericks Decibel. Released as a digital download and limited edition vinyl, ‘Tuned Darker’ will officially launch on January 19 2015, at 7pm at the Astor Theatre in Perth. 

Since its creation in 2009 Decibel has become one of Australia’s leading new music ensembles, receiving multiple awards and touring both Australia and Europe. They have also released three critically acclaimed albums to date. This album launch will feature the group playing each track form the album in full as they appear on the record.

Both the album and performance of “Tuned Darker” features the following works:

Cat Hope "The Lowest Drawer" for  cello, bass flute and bass clarinet and electronics

Stuart James "n dimension" for flute, bass clarinet, viola, cello, percussion and electronics

Lindsay Vickery "Night Fragments" Decibel with guest mezzo soprano Caitlin Cassidy.


Performing on the night will be: Cat Hope (Flutes), Lindsay Vickery (clarinet), Stuart James (keyboard, electronics), Tristan Parr (Cello), Aaron Wyatt (viola), Louise Devenish (percussion) and special guest, mezzo soprano Caitlin Cassidy.

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. 


The album is beautifully designed by long term Decibel collaborator Traianos Pakioufakis and recorded and mixed at the Sound Field studio in Perth. 

For more information on the album and the genesis of the featured tracks, visit http://www.decibelnewmusic.com/tuned-darker.html

Tuned Darker cover 

Fringe World Festival: Cinematic Scores IV and more

Listen/Hear Collective is co-presenting an awesome evening with Parentheses Records and PS Art Space in Fremantle on Feb 22 at 8pm as a part of the Perth Fringe World Festival.

Part new media installation, part performance, The Cinematic Scores offer a unique marriage of film and music. Musical ensembles are invited to respond to a selection of short silent films from the public domain by composing an original score for each of the moving pictures. Presented as a cinematic installation within the monumental ground floor of PS Art Space, the experience is mesmerising and deeply poetic. It is cinema like you have not experienced before.

This will be the fourth chapter of the Cinematic Scores, which has been hugely successful at its home of PS Art Space over the past two years, this year featuring Johannes Luebbers, Mace Francis and Kynan Tan. This promises to be a great night so head on down and don't miss out! 


Also as a part of the exciting Perth Fringe World Festival, Johannes Luebbers has also composed the music to an exciting dance performance titled 'Hunger' which will be on show 21 and 22 Feb at 6.30pm at the Blue Room Theatre in Northbridge.

Performed by classically trained Chinese contemporary dancer Min Zhu and actor, dancer and improviser Or Kittikong from Thailand. Direct from the Bangkok Theatre Festival, Hunger is a new movement work exploring love, happiness and our constant desire for more.

Find out more information about both events and get your tickets at our events page.

Tilman Robinson’s ‘Network of Lines’ – out now!

As our last release for 2013, sneaking in as we count down to the new year, Listen/Hear is pleased to announce the release of the debut album from Tilman Robinson – Network of Lines. 
Tilman Robinson - Network of Lines
Inspired by the iconic 1979 work “If on a winter’s night a traveller” by Italo Calvino, the debut album from Tilman Robinson has been described as a ‘most moving and extraordinary experience’. Composed in 2012 for the APRA Melbourne Jazz Fringe commission, the work sonically responds to the themes and spirit of this postmodern classic, giving musical life to Calvino’s masterpiece. Avoiding the literal and tokenistic, Robinson subtly transforms Calvino’s work, creating something truly unique. Calvino’s words pass through Robinson’s musical prism creating an aural narrative that, while in debt to its muse, carves out its own identity.
Recorded with a cast of some of Australia’s most outstanding musicians the album will digitally release on December 31, 2013, with it’s official launch at the Melbourne Recital Centre on February 11, 2014.
The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre
Tuesday February 11, 6pm
The album is currently available as a digital download or, for those who like to touch, you can pre-order a physical copy (shipping late January). 
The album features: Tilman Robinson (laptop/trombone) 
Peter Knight (laptop/trumpet) 
Callum G’froerer (trumpet) 
Erkki Veltheim (violin) 
Judith Hamann (cello) 
Brett Thompson (guitar/banjo) 
Berish Bilander (piano) 
Sam Zerna (bass) 
Hugh Harvey (drums) 
Additional cello: Melanie Robinson 
Additional percussion: Joe Talia, Tilman Robinson and Josh Barber 

Outstanding Achievement Award to Kynan Tan

Our very own Kynan Tan has recently received the award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Design/Composition for Dance’!
Ben Taffe (sound design), Craig McElhinney (musician) and Kynan creating the visuals for ‘Wintering’ by Aimee Smith all deserve a well earned reward and congratulations from everyone here at Listen/Hear Collective for their achievements at the West Australian Dance Awards!