‘Delay Taints’ is a work that was gifted to Decibel cellist Tristen Parr and Decibel collaborator, choreographer and performer Laura Boynes, for their wedding in 2018. The score is created from photographs of Boyne’s hair, which are traced over to create the score information for both performers; red for movement, blue for cello. Very low frequency tones are also featured throughout the piece, and are presented on the score in pink as a guide for the performers. This is a segment of the longer work created specifically for the ‘2 Minutes from Home’ project.
Below is a podcast episode where Decibel artistic director Cat Hope talks with cellist Tristen Parr and movement artist Laura Boynes about the work.
Cat Hope is an Australian composer, musician, sound artist and researcher. Cat’s composition and performance practices engage elements of low frequency sound, drone, noise, graphic notation and improvisation. Her works have been performed at festivals internationally and broadcast on Australian, German, Italian, French and Austrian radio. She has been a songwriter with some 6 albums to her credit, playing in pop bands in Germany, Italy and Australia in the 1990s.
In 2013 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study digital graphic music notations internationally as well undertake residencies at the Visby International Composers Centre, Sweden, Civitella Ranieri, Italy and the Peggy Glanville Hicks House in Sydney in 2014. She is the director of the award winning new music ensemble Decibel and has creates sound for art installation and film – working with Kate McMillian, Erin Coates and Anna Nazzari, Tracey Moffat and Perun Bonser.
Cat is the founder and artistic director of Decibel. She also plays flute and bass in the ensemble, who have premiered over 30 of her compositions.