‘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 

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