Lionel Marchetti (FR) and Decibel (AUS) National Tour

French Musique Concrète artist Lionel Marchetti returns to Australia for a series of concerts and residencies. Lionel will spend time with composition students from WAAPA in a week long composition residency before working with long time collaborators Decibel New Music Ensemble. Lionel and Decibel will present 4 different concert programs across 4 locations in WA, VIC and NSW in late August before Lionel embarks with a week long residency as composer in residence at The Sir Zelman Cowan School of Music at Monash University.

Entitled Partition Concrète, concert 1 in Perth will be an atmospheric concert of delicate but at times surprising sounds. The recent release of a recording of these works, on Brisbane Label Room 40, was named ‘a masterpiece’ in Italian music magazine ToneShift, and was listed on Nicola Orlandino’s “Best Artworks of 2018” list. Marchetti and Decibel will then present concerts at Linden Gallery in St Kilda, The Substation in Newport and finally as part of Extended Play at the City Recital Hall in Sydney.

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Partition Concrète
7:30pm Monday 26 August, The Sewing Room, Perth WA.

The Music of Éliane Radigue
Performed by Decibel and Cat Hope. Diffusion by Lionel Marchetti & Lawrence English.
7pm Friday 30 August, The Substation | Newport VIC.

The Talking Board @ Extended Play
10pm Saturday 31 August, City Recital Hall, Sydney NSW.


The Last Days of Reality for bass flute and tam tam.
Une séries de reflets for Ensemble
The earth defeats me for bass flute and bass clarinet
Plus a new collaborative work to be premiered on 26 August.


Lionel Marchetti (FR) is a composer of musique concrète. First self-taught, he discovered the catalogue of Musique Concrète withXavier Garcia. He has built his own recording studio, and composes also in the Groupe de recherches musicales (GRM) in Paris since 1993. Lionel Marchetti also performs improvisation using microphones and loudspeakers, as a duo with Jérôme Noetinger, with the collective Le Cube with (Christophe Auger, Étienne Caire, Christophe Cardoen, Xavier Quérel, Jérôme Noetinger, Gaëlle Rouard) that performs live music and where films are shown and worked on interactively, and with the collective Archipel: Emmanuel Petit, Mathieu Werchowski, Sophie Agnel, Fabrice Charles, Pascal Battus. Since 1992, he organises regular workshops centered on Radio and creation together with Olivier Capparos for France Culture. At the same time, he writes poetry, and develops theoretical thoughts on musique concrète and the art of the loudspeaker.

Based in Western Australia, Decibel are world leaders in the integration of acoustic instruments and electronics, the interpretation of graphic notations and pioneering digital score formats for composition and performance.

Decibel have commissioned over 60 new works since their foundation in 2009, have toured Europe and Australia, recorded for ABC Classic FM and SWR German Radio, and released five albums to date on Australian and international labels. The ensemble has developed and commercialised the Decibel ScorePlayer iPad app, a score reading device incorporating mobile score formats and networked coordination performance environments that is sold worldwide.

Decibel are Cat Hope (artistic director, flutes, bass), Lindsay Vickery (reeds), Stuart James (electronics, keyboards, drum kit), Aaron Wyatt (viola), Tristen Parr (cello) and Louise Devenish (percussion).