Decibel New Music Ensemble

2 Minutes From Home

Decibel New Music Ensemble. Photo by Jon Rose
Decibel New Music Ensemble. Photo by Rachel Barrett1
Decibel New Music Ensemble. Photo by Trianos Pithofakis
Decibel New Music Ensemble. Photo by Rachel Barrett


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  • event type:C:N Encore II Showcase
  • date:26 May 2021 - 28 May 2021
  • time: -
  • venue:Online
  • style(s):20th Century
  • event posted by:Piranha Arts


Decibel New Music Ensemble, like many other ensembles and art organisations, has had its activity for the year cancelled or delayed until 2021. We wanted to keep playing and commissioning music while we are in and out of lockdown, and provide some support for our community of artists and audience.

To this end, we launched our 2 Minutes From Home project, where we commission 2 minute works from artists we have worked with in the past, in Australia and overseas. Each work will be presented as a video release showing the ensembles playing their parts in their homes, alongside the score. There is also an accompanying podcast interview with the composer for each release.

Each new work is created for the Decibel ScorePlayer, an iPad application developed by the ensemble to enable the coordinated reading of graphic notations. Listeners can follow the music as it is performed, and enjoy the wide range of notational approaches composers will bring. We are all making and experiencing music apart, together.


Decibel are a new music ensemble that focus on the integration of acoustic and electronic instruments in chamber music performance, founded in Western Australia in 2009.

They are world leading interpreters of graphic notations and pioneer digital score formats for composition and performance. This includes the ongoing development of their successful Decibel ScorePlayer App for iPad, enabling coordinated performance of graphic notations. Whilst rooted in western art music tradition, Decibel aim to remove stylistic boundaries in their commissioning and performance approaches.

The ensemble has collaborated with composers such as Eliane Radigue, Werner Dafeldecker, Agostino Di Scipio, Alvin Curran, David Toop, Marina Rosenfeld, Lionel Marchetti, Andreas Weixler and Johannes S. Sistermanns and worked with iconic Australian composers Jon Rose, Alan Lamb, Ross Bolleter, Warren Burt, Eric Griswold and Anthony Pateras. Decibel have contributed the Australian premieres of works by Fausto Romitelli, Tristan Murail, Alvin Lucier, Peter Ablinger, Mauricio Kagel and have toured and recorded monograph concerts dedicated to Roger Smalley, Alvin Lucier, John Cage and Giacinto Scelsi.

Decibel have commissioned over 70 new works since their foundation, toured Europe, Japan and Australia, recorded for ABC Classic FM and SWR German Radio, and released five albums to date on Australian and international labels.