Scale Variable 2016

Concert 1: Intermodulations by Decibel.

Dedicated to the memory of Roger Smalley (1943–2015) 

7:30pm Tuesday 7 June
Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre, Perth Cultural Centre

$15/$23/$32.50 Ticketek 


Cat Hope (flutes), Lindsay Vickery (reeds), Stuart James (keyboards/electronics), Tristen Parr (cello), Aaron Wyatt (viola) and Louise Devenish (percussion) with guests Chris Tonkin (electronics), Adam Pinto (piano) and Bruce Thompson (alto trombone), Pedro Alvarez (conductor).


Celebrating Western Australian composer and pianist Roger Smalley’s early compositions for acoustic and electronic instruments. Decibel will utilise vintage electronics such as synthesisers and tape alongside more contemporary computer adaptations. “˜Intermodulation” was the name of a renowned UK ensemble of which Smalley was a member. After moving to Perth in 1976 he went on to become one of the biggest influences on new music composition and performance in Australia.

Monody for piano with electronics
Didgeridoo for 4 channel tape
Impulses for sextet
Transformations for piano and live electronic modulation
Zeitebenen for quartet and live electronics.



Based in Western Australia, Decibel are world leaders in the integration of acoustic instruments and electronics, pioneering electronic score formats, including the Decibel ScorePlayer App, incorporating mobile score formats and networked coordination performance environments that is sold worldwide. Since their establishment in 2009, Decibel have won the APRA |AMC Award for excellence in experimental music on two occasions, have toured Europe and Australia, and have three releases to their name. Their performances have been broadcast on SWR German radio and ABC Classic FM.

The award winning 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 monograph concerts dedicated to Alvin Lucier, John Cage and Giacinto Scelsi, and have commissioned over 50 new works to date.

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