Decibel Performs Sounding Art



1 September 2017, 6.30pm-8.30pm
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PS Art Space – Fremantle
2 September – 29 September 2017
Tue-Fri, 10am-4pm, Sat, 10am-2pm

PS Art Space – Fremantle
6:30pm Sun 3 September

Decibel have commissioned a number of Australian visual artists to create artworks designed to be scores for performance. The artists have been chosen for their connection with music, rather than their abilities to ‘make scores’ – from artists that play in bands, or have featured musicians in their works, have worked with musicians on work or have works that can be read as music. The exhibition opens on the 1st of September and Decibel will perform these works live and in full on Sunday the 3rd of September at PSAS at 6:30pm. This exhibition and performance delves further into Decibel’s exploration of graphic notation and interpretation.

Tickets for the performance will be available soon from the PSAS website.

A range of media will feature in the program – sculpture, painting, video and drawing. A book will be made to accompany the exhibition, which will include full colour reproductions of the works and a contextual essay.

More information on the PSAS website.

Save The Date: Echo Tour at Perth Concert Hall

Kimberley Echoes at the Perth Concert Hall
Thursday 28 September

The 2017 culmination of Tura’s Kimberley cross cultural collaborative Touring Program has been announced for the Perth Concert Hall. A new combination of artists visiting new places and creating a new program with new collaborations will bring a rich taste of the Kimberley to Perth audiences.

This year’s Echo Tour brings together three of Australia’s leading indigenous performers, Bart Willoughby, Mark Atkins and Stephen Pigram with an ensemble of some of Australia’s finest instrumentalists including Erkki Veltheim (violin), Stephen Magnusson (guitar) and Tristen Parr (cello) creating a vibrant and uniquely Australian sound.

The Tour, which collaborates with artists on the way, brings Gabriel Nodea from Warmun and Naomi Pigram from Broome to re-join the Tour in Perth for the finale celebration.

Don’t miss this chance to experience a most engaging, enriching and powerful performance.

Tickets will be on sale soon via Ticketek, keep updated by following @TuraRegional on Facebook and sign up for the fortnightly Tura Newsletter.

Recent Perth Tour Finale Reviews:

“The tour finale was a celebration of the uniqueness of the Kimberley region and its traditional owners, but it also allowed musicians and audience to share a welcoming, limitless space where music was the common ground.” – Perth Arts Live

“One of the most fascinating concerts in Perth this year.” – Neville Cohn at The West Australian ★★★★

“The genius of this concert was how it used the tension between the known and the unknown to such moving and meaningful effect.” – The West Australian on the sold-out 2015 Reflection Regional Tour finale ★★★★★

Performance Opportunity Call-Out

Tura New Music is calling out to creative participants to join Speak Percussion in a special project for the 2017 Totally Huge New Music Festival.

Speak Percussion and guests will unite in the 13th Totally Huge New Music Festival to perform the WA premiere of A wave and waves by American composer Michael Pisaro, a massive 74-minute work for 100 performers on 100 instruments.

In this rare opportunity, join with one of Australia’s most dynamic and risk taking arts organisations in an extraordinary new music project. Michael Pisaro is a world-renowned composer who was instrumental in the formation of the Wandelweiser Group. A wave and waves is a project that redefines the way contemporary chamber music is presented.

  • Participate in the WA premiere of a major work by Michael Pisaro (USA)
  • Perform in the 13th Totally Huge New Music Festival alongside Speak Percussion and peers from across Australia
  • Signing up is easy, free and comes with a range of benefits

The performances will take place on 29 October 2017 at the Midland Railway Workshops, with rehearsals in the lead up at UWA.

Participants must be aged 15 years or over. No percussion experience is required – this call is open to all interested people.

More detailed information and the application form can be found here.

All applications must be submitted via email to by 1st September.

Speechless Soloists

Introducing the soloists of Speechless, an opera by Cat Hope. Speechless features around 70 people on stage, including a choir who are organised into groups that align with the four soloists.

Tura spoke to Alice, Kusum, Judith and Sage about their experiences so far with the Speechless workshop development.

Alice Hui-Sheng Chang

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“Such an excitement to have so many talents in one room, with much to share and exchange. This process is enriching my practice and giving me time to reflect on different style of performance process and performative expressions.”

As a vocalist working with extended techniques, Alice builds intimate exchanges with her audience. She creates an array of timbres and textures by controlling tension in her throat and alternating the passage of air and vocalisations. Alice’s performances respond to the energy of the audience, employing sound varying from the calm to the extreme to create an awareness of the acoustic properties of the site. She challenges the boundary of a presentation site physically and imaginatively, viewing each performance as a site-specific response.

Alice is now based in Tainan, Taiwan. She is  the founder of Ting Shuo Hear Say, a community venue and organisation focused on listening, arts and discursive education.

Kusum Normoyle

“As a vocalist who has worked across a range of contexts including dance music, experimental music, sound art, improvisation and noise, working with Cat has been an entirely new experience.Cat’s invitation to collaborate is never token-istic, always genuine and consider’s a truly diverse set of approaches to music making as being viable within a contemporary opera context. It has been excellent to work with other very skilled vocalists in experimenting with relationship of voice to text, as embodied in this project by the visual score.”

Kusum Normoyle is an artist working with voice, sound, performance, and installation. She takes resonance, screaming, feedback and intervention and puts them to work in gallery, experimental and dance music contexts. Her work investigates aesthetic and literal expressions of voice/bodies, sound technologies, noise making and their relationship to location and materials.

Judith Dodsworth

“It is a privilege to be amongst such a committed and passionate team of artists. For me personally coming from a traditional operatic background I am finding myself challenged and reassessing my preconceptions and definition of the form. Stripped of the familiar elements of conventional notation, narrative arc or character, and with a libretto that is distilled to the point of abstraction, the emerging communicative power of the work is unarguable. I am also in awe of the extraordinary range of vocal skills being brought to the table by my fellow soloists.”

Judith Dodsworth has come to be regarded as one of Australia’s finest interpreters of contemporary vocal repertoire.

A graduate of the Australian National University and the Australian National Academy Of Music she has a masters degree in performance from the University Of Melbourne and has studied in Vienna and London, including with legendary new music soprano, Jane Manning.She has created leading roles in the premiere seasons of From A Black Sky for the Canberrra Street Theatre, Midnight Son and Metamorphosis for Victorian Opera, The Hive for Chambermade Opera, Opiume at the Singapore and Hong Kong Arts Festivals and in HIOB for Neue Oper Wien in Vienna.
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Sage Pbbbt
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“The score for this piece feels quite different from how I usually work and, I think, from how the other vocalists and the choir work. This has felt like a great opportunity to explore new ways of working and new ways of collaborating with people. The other vocal soloists have such different practices, but equal amounts of passion for, and commitment to, their varied crafts; working with them has felt nourishing and inspiring. As has having enough space in the process to explore the different sound worlds that we inhabit.”

Sage Pbbbt’s singing practice takes inspiration from Tuvan and Mongolian overtone singing, Inuit throat singing, sound poetry and her ongoing exploration of extra-normal vocal techniques. She also draws on industrial musick, trance, and drone; insight meditation practice, urban/industrial shamanism and chaos magick; feminist, queer and trans praxis; and Discordianism. She has performed both as a soloist and in various bands and collaborations for over 17 years in Australia and the UK and has presented conference papers in Glasgow, London and Melbourne.

Since August 2013 she has published a daily audio sketchbook of musick and ritual work in sound at She writes under the name Sage J Harlow.

2017 Art Music Awards

Announced by the Australian Music Centre and APRA AMCOS today, Tura New Music is a finalist in the Art Music Awards for the Award for Excellence by an Organisation for the 2016 program and sustained contribution to Australian music for over 30 years. Tura is also short-listed for the Award for Excellence in a Regional Area for its 2016 Regional Program, including the Jon Rose Residency in Djarindjin and Lombadina, and the Reflection2 Tour through the regional centres and remote communities of the Kimberley.

Tura’s Artistic Director Tos Mahoney is a finalist in the category of Award for Excellence by an Individual.

The Art Music Awards, presented by Australian Music Centre and APRA AMCOS, consists of eleven national awards as well as individual state awards, celebrating the works and achievements of the art music community.

Tura extends their congratulations to all of the finalists, and especially to those based in WA.

See the full list of finalists on the Australian Music Centre website.


Speechless By Cat Hope

Preparations for the development workshops of Speechless by Cat Hope have now officially begun in Adelaide.

Speechless, for the Australian Bass Orchestra, choir and four vocal soloists, is composed and directed by Cat Hope and produced by Tura New Music. The workshops are presented by Development Partner Vitalstatistix, though the 2017 Incubator Residency Program.

Speechless is an experimental opera homage to persons rendered speechless through political means.

Engaging a thirty-piece choir and an Orchestra formed from bass guitars, bass brass, bass drums and electronics, Speechless draws score and thematic material from the 2014 Human Rights Commission report entitled The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention. The work is an abstract examination of how wordless music – vocal and instrumental – can empower text that is hidden or suppressed.

Featuring around 70 people on stage, Speechless includes soloists Kusum Normoyle, Alice Hui-Sheng Chang, Judith Dodsworth and Sage Pbbbt.

The Australian Bass Orchestra, with up to 30 players, is led by section leaders Tina Havelock Stevens (percussion), Tristen Parr (strings), Stuart James (electronics) and Aviva Endean (brass and wind).

Speechless is directed by Cat Hope, a composer and sound artist whose work explores bass noise, graphic notation and drone, who has created numerous soundscapes, songs and installations. She has also directed dance collaborations, short films and music videos.

There will be two free, public work-in-progress showings at Vitalstatistix in Adelaide, at 7pm on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th of July. RSVP on Eventbrite to the free workshop showings at the home of Vitalstatistix in Adelaide here.

Want to keep updated on the process? You can follow @TuraNewMusic on Facebook or find the event on Facebook here.

Cat Hope is also keeping a blog about the development.

More information


Reflection2 Tour on ABC Classic FM

In a two-hour program special, Stephen Adams at ABC Classic FM has put together a feature about Tura’s 2016 Reflection2 Tour on the New Waves podcast. This feature includes the entire program of the final concert of the tour, Kimberley Reflections at the Perth Concert Hall, along with interviews with four of the key artists, Mark Atkins, Stephen Pigram, Erkki Veltheim and Tura’s Artistic Director Tos Mahoney, who also performs with the touring band on flute.

Listen the feature podcast

Tune in to a celebration of cross-cultural Australian music and collaborations, and hear in-depth interviews with some of the touring artists, giving insights into their backgrounds and motivations, and what the tour means for them.

Want to know more about the Reflection2 Tour? Head here for the full 2016 program, or follow the developments of the 2017 Echo Tour here.

Winter Arts Season Sound Installation Artist Talk

4pm, Thursday 6 July
enex, Hay St Mall entrance (next to escalators)

Join installation artists Steve Paraskos and Stephen Brameld in the Scarasson space in the enex building for an artist talk, along with TRANSMISSION sound artist Dan Spriggs, 4pm, Thursday 6 July. This will be followed by a Q & A and a real-time performance.

Scarasson sound artist Steve Paraskos and visual artist Stephen Brameld will give an insight into their work as they delve into the origins of its content, as well as the technical aspects of this evolving spatial sound art-music, video projection mapping and sculptural work.

Also hear from sound artist Dan Spriggs talking about his work Sheoaks, Shakuhachi and the Doctor commissioned by the City of Perth and Tura New Music as part of the 2017 TRANSMISSION Sound Art Commission. The sensor-activated work is now live and located in the Hay Street Mall, opposite London Court, and explores the lost biophony of where the city now sits.

Presented by Tura and enex as part of the 2017 City of Perth Winter Arts Season.

Tura’s 2017 Matched Funding Campaign

Tura’s major donors have pledged to match donations towards Tura’s programs supporting young and emerging composers, performers and sound artists.

For every dollar you donate, it will be doubled.

What a great way to make your support count!

Your tax-deductible (over $2) donation in 2017 supports our production and advocacy of ground breaking programs, works and partnerships in music and the sonic arts.

Whether big or small, please donate by 30 June.


Get to Know the In SITU Composers

In SITU is a unique opportunity for artists and producers to explore an exciting new model of presenting independent choreography in enticing and unexpected locations throughout Perth. Composers Tom O’Halloran, Dane Yates, Tao Issaro and Jack Burton, will be collaborating with four choreographers, Dominik Mall, Stefan Karlsson, Richard Cilli and Natalie Allen, Sarah Chaffey and Russell Thorpe, to create original site-specific works at St George’s Cathedral.

Dane Yates

Dane Yates is composer and collaborator focusing on electroacoustic practices and the relationship between music, dance and film. His work focuses on the organic and the subversion of subject, resulting in commissioned works, performances throughout Australia. Dane has continually collaborated with dance and movement based works throughout Perth leading to award-winning pieces in the 2016 Perth Fringe. Dane currently holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours) in composition and music technology through WAAPA, collaborating further with multidisciplinary works.

Tao Issaro

Tao Issaro is a percussionist/composer/music producer from Kerala, South India. Born into the artistic tribe of the “Natyashram” performing arts centre, Tao started his career as a percussionist with the “Daksha Sheth Dance Company”, performing over 500 performances in 30 countries. He was a regular member of a number of Indian bands with which he toured extensively in Asia, Australia, U.K and the U.S. As a solo performer Tao has performed with some of India’s most respected percussionists and instrumentalists. Other than performing Tao has composed and produced music for TV, film and theatre. Tao is currently doing his Honours at WAAPA and working on solo and large ensemble percussion works.

Tom O’Halloran

Tom O’Halloran leads his own original jazz piano trio outfit and conducts orchestras from time to time, composes new classical music, plays wild old analogue synthesizers and even rock guitar. Most recently he has played with acclaimed bassist Robert Hurst (USA), was nominated for a 2012 APRA Australian Art Music award and was a finalist in the 2011 Freedman Foundation Jazz Fellowship – where he was featured at the Sydney Opera House.

Tom O’Halloran leads the Jazz Piano department at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) at Edith Cowan University, and also lectures in jazz composition and improvisation. He is a regularly commissioned composer, and currently holds a Master of Music in classical composition from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) from WAAPA.

Jack Burton

Jack Burton is a electronic music producer, composer and sound designer based in Perth. He creates music across a range of genres drawing from contemporary classical, ambient and minimal music.