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New music coup: Decibel collaborates with legendary French composers

Friday, 18 March 2016

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In an exciting collaboration, Decibel New Music Ensemble has commissioned new works from two of the most important living French electroacoustic composers, Éliane Radigue and Lionel Marchetti.

The Nature of Sound: Éliane Radigue and Lionel Marchetti is being performed by Decibel on Wednesday 23 March at 7.30pm in WAAPA’s Music Auditorium, under the musical direction of Cat Hope.

This cutting-edge concert features the first work by Éliane  Radigue for an Australian ensemble, Occam Ocean Hexa II, co-signed by Radigue and Carol Robinson, and new works by Marchetti for instruments and concrete sounds.

This will be a concert of slow moving, contemplative and medative sound scapes.

Frenchman Lionel Marchetti is an electroacoustic music composer, specializing in the genre of musique concrète. This technique of musical composition uses recorded sounds as raw material that is then assembled to produce an aural montage.

Marchetti’s recordings feature a broad spectrum of sounds, ranging from wild sonic attacks to ethereal ‘ambient’ music. These are derived from recordings of musical instruments, the human voice, and the natural environment as well as those created using synthesizers and computer-based digital signal processing.

Born in Paris in 1932, Éliane Radigue studied electroacoustic music techniques in the late 1950s under Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry, the pioneers of musique concrète.

While working in America in the early 1970s, Radigue’s own musical compositions began to be recognized. Her music, sourced from an Arp synthesizer and medium recording tape, attracted considerable attention for its sensitive, dappled purity.

In recent years Radigue has composed acoustic music for specific performers and instruments, imbued with the influence of the electronic music she made decades before.

To hear new works created by these two prominent French composers for Decibel to perform is an extraordinary opportunity – don’t miss it.

For all venue and performance details, please visit The Nature of Sound: The Music of Eliane Radigue and Lionel Marchetti performance web page.

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