Decibel / Cat Hope.
Featured Australian works
||Chunk (2011) for disklavier and grand piano
Recorded/performed at: WAAPA, on Apr 18.
|Cat Hope||10 mins, 17 sec.|
||Juanita Neilsen (2012) for 2 celli, 2 violas, electric guitar and piano
Recorded/performed at: Soundfield Studios, Perth WA, on 1 Mar 21.
|Cat Hope||10 mins, 58 sec.|
||Majority of One (2016) for four instruments and low feedback
Recorded/performed at: Soundfield Studio, Perth WA, on 1 Mar 21.
|Cat Hope||9 mins, 45 sec.|
||The Shadow of Mill (2017) for cello solo
Recorded/performed at: Soundfield Studio, Perth WA, on 4 Mar 21.
|Cat Hope||13 mins, 23 sec.|
||Wanderlust (2018) for solo wind instrument and fixed media
Recorded/performed at: Soundfield studio, Perth WA, on 4 Mar 21.
|Cat Hope||5 mins, 11 sec.|
This is an album of compositions by Australian
composer Cat Hope, performed by the Decibel new music ensemble.
The ensemble has provided a collaborative environment where
Hope's composition has evolved, and the group is made up of close
colleagues with skills as musicians, composers, producers, sound
engineers, and software programmers. It is difficult to overstate
the importance of this group in Hope's development as a composer.
For example, it was within this group that the Decibel
ScorePlayer software was developed, software that Hope uses to
present her animated graphic notations. Recording engineer and
Decibel member Stuart James led the first recordings of Hope's
work, and as a performer in the ensemble, Hope was able to become
intimately familiar with the repertoire of her favorite
composers, including works by composers in the ensemble itself.
The ensemble premiered some of her earliest notated words.
Sharing a common interest in commissioning and performing
Australian new music, the group has toured Australia, Europe,
Japan, and Malaysia, committing to residency periods where they
would develop new works, performance approaches, software, and
concert programs. Currently, Decibel's six performance members
are spread between the Australian cities of Perth and
Cat Hope: flutes, double bass, composition, artistic director;, Lindsay Vickery: reeds, composition, programming; Aaron Wyatt: viola, iOS programming; Tristen Parr: cello, production; Stuart James: piano, composition, programming, sound design & Louise Devenish: percussion.
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