Decibel New Music Ensemble
founded 2009 in Western Australia
Cat Hope (flutes/bass/compostion/artistic director),
Aaron Wyatt (voila/iOS programming),
Tristen Parr (Cello),
Stuart James (piano/compostion/programming/sound design)
Louise Devenish (percussion).
“Adventurous, inquisitive, challenging. Decibel honour and sabotage modernist traditions.” – Cool Perth Nights, 2011
“Decibel performances are always musically persuasive” Andy Hamilton, The Wire 2014
“From very musical to very conceptual but always very enjoyable”. Vital Weekly 910, 2013.
“Perth’s five-piece Decibel has entered the history of experimental music” Darren Jorgensen RealTime, 2016.
“Decibel invite you to explore the world sonically beyond the immediate aural experiences normally presented to you” Keely Cozens, 2014, New Music Box, USA.
“Five out of five stars!” [Revolutions Concert, 2018] Jonathan Marshall, Limelight, December, 2018.
“Decibel blows the traditional out of the water” Rosalind Appleby, Limelight September 2017
“After Julia is a most unusual cultural event — a heartfelt artistic tribute to a significant Australian politician” RealTime Arts, 2017
“A stunning world premiere’. [The Nature of Sound Concert, 2016] Rosalind Appleby, The West Australian Newspaper.
“A fascinating Homage”. [Intermodulations concert, 2016] Rosalind Appleby, The West Australian.
APRA|AMC Award for Excellence in Experimental music, 2011, 2014 (nominated in 2012, 2013, 2017, 2018).
Arts Hub Performing Arts Awards (finalist) 2012
WAM Awards (finalist) 2013. 2015, 2018.
European tours 2012, 2013, 2017: Poland, Belgium, Germany, Italy.
Australian tours 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2017, 2019
Malaysia and Singapore, 2015
Summers Night Tour, Australia, 2018.
Festivals and Appearances
TENOR conference, ensemble in residence 2019
TedX Perth, 2012. ‘The Decibel Score Player’
Tokyo WonderSite, 2016.
Liquid Architecture Festival (2011),
Curva Minore, Italy (2013)
Sogno Di Sole, Italy (2012)
International Computer Music Conference resident ensemble, Perth, 2013.
The Totally Huge New Music Festival 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)
New Music Days (Germany, 2013).
Dark Water Directed and Produced by Erin Coates and Anna Nazzari, 12 minutes, 2015.
Blight. Directed by Perun Bonser. Factor 30 Films. 12 mins, 2017.
Cetaphobia. Directed and Produced by Erin Coates and Anna Nazzari, 12 minutes, 2015.
Art Calls TV series by Tracey Moffatt, 2014. GOMA, Brisbane, Perth International Art Festival, PICA, Perth and ABC Arts Online.
Paradise Falls I, II by Kate McMillan. HD film, 2.49 minutes, editioned to three. Venn Gallery, June 2012 and Kunsthaus Bethanian, Berlin, December 2017.
Thematic Concerts to Date
Decibel 10 at 10: Perth, Melbourne 2019.
Revolutions, Subiaco Theatre Centre, 2018.
Electric Concerto, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, 2017.
The Nature of Sound: Music by Linonel Marchetti and Eliane Radigue, Perth 2016, Melbourne 2019.
After Julia, Sydney 2014, Perth 2015, Brisbane 2017, Melbourne 2017.
Chance Figurations, Tokyo WonderSite, Kunatachi School of Music, Japan, 2016.
The WA Composers Project, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, 2013
Sounding A Room, State Museum of WA, 2012
Small Things, State Theatre Centre, 2012
Music on a String: Jon Rose Turned 60, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, 2012
Camera Obscura, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, 2011
A Voice from a Dark Space, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, 2011
Pretty Things, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, 2011
Somacoustica, Callaway Auditorium, 2009.
Tape It, West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, 2009.
Visual art and Music Programs
Sounding Art, Packenham Street Art Space, 2017.
Drawn From Sound Spectrum Gallery 2013, Sydney, 2014.
Lionel Marchetti: Perth, Melbourne and Sydney, 2019.
The Complete John Cage Project, Palermo (2012), Perth (2012), Brisbane (2012), Trieste, Torino, Napoli, Venice (2013), Tanjong Malim, Malaysia (2013) Tokyo (2016)
Intermodulation – The Music of Roger Smalley, State Theatre Centre, 2016.
Occam – The Music of Eliane Radigue, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, 2015
Inner Space – The Giacinto Scelsi Project, Palermo 2013, Melbourne Recital Centre, 2014.
Still and Moving Lines – The Music of Alvin Lucier, West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, 2010
An exhibition of Decibel posters was held at the State Library of WA in 2016, featuring over 20 posters by long time collaborator, When Studio.