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Marchetti, Lionel & Decibel New Music Ensemble: Inland Lake (le lac interieur) (Room40)

The 2nd album collaboration between French music concrète composer Lionel Marchetti and the Australian chamber ensemble Decibel directed by flute and wind player Cat Hope, performing two works by Marchetti--"Inland Lake" and "La Patience"-- works for strings, winds, piano, percussion and radio, integrated in the studio with Marchetti's synthetics, tape and electronic manipulations.

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UPC: 764227528678

Label: Room40
Catalog ID: RM 4198CD
Squidco Product Code: 32716

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: Australia
Packaging: Cardstock Sleeve, Sealed


Lionel Marchetti-composer

Cat Hope's-artistic director, flute, ocarina, radio

Louise Devenish-percussion

Aaron Wyatt-viola, violin

Tristen Parr-cello

Lindsay Vickery-bass clarinet, radio

Stuart James-piano

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"Lionel Marchetti is a composer of concrete music. First self-taught, he then explores the repertoire of concrete music, as acousmatic art, with the composer Xavier Garcia 1 from 1989 at COREAM (Collective for electroacoustic research and musical action) in Fontaine ( Isère ). He then composed in the studios of the Musical Research Group in Paris, of the Living Music Group of Lyon, of La Muse en circuit in Alfortville, of Césaré in Reims, of Gmem inNational center for musical creation in Marseille, at the training center for intervening musicians (CFMI) in Lyon and in his personal studio. At the same time, Lionel Marchetti pursues a work of poetic writing 2, 3, as well as a theoretical approach to concrete music and the art of the loudspeaker, as a practicing artist of the genre.

His book La musique concrète by Michel Chion 4 remains the most noticed - as well as his essay Speaker, voice and mirror... - technical essay in the form of a letter 5.

Its catalog is currently rich with more than a hundred concrete works.

Since 1990, he has been a lecturer in the art of concrete music and electroacoustic techniques at CFMI Lyon at the University of Lyon 2 (see BNF authority notice)."

-Wikipedia (Translated by Google) (

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"Cat Hope, born 11 March 1966, is an Australian musician and academic, based in Melbourne and is currently the Head of Music at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music - Monash University. She is best known as a noise, installation and performance artist. She was a founder of the legendary Perth noise duo Lux Mammoth; was a singer, songwriter and bassist in dark indie band Gata Negra, and she also performs solo noise music using bass guitar. Her current projects include a series of works that focus on low frequency called 'the low grooms' and a bass improv quartet Abe Sada.

Hope lectured in classical music and music technology at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. In 2000 she was awarded the Pandora's Box Film Festival Award for best film score. In that year her music was included in the Extreme Music From Women compilation, issued by the Susan Lawly label. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the UWA School of Music (now the UWA Conservatorium of Music)."

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"Louise Devenish is a contemporary percussionist whose creative practice blends performance, collaboration and artistic research. A passionate advocate of new music and Australian music, Louise has commissioned over 50 works for percussion, and her performances are acknowledged for their 'dazzling vitality', 'stunning virtuosity', 'interpretive flair and technical brilliance'. As a soloist and with ensembles including acclaimed electroacoustic sextet Decibel (WA), studio-lab The Sound Collectors Lab, and chamber ensemble Intercurrent she develops new works exploring graphic notation, post-instrumental practice and collaborative creativity, performing around Australasia, Europe, North America and the UK. Louise has collaborated on award-winning recordings with these ensembles and others including Speak Percussion and Synergy Percussion, released on Hat[now]art, Listen/Hear, Immediata, Innova and room40, as well as solo album music for percussion and electronics (Tall Poppies). Louise was Chair of Percussion at UWA Conservatorium of Music, where she founded and directed Piñata Percussion (2013-2019). She is currently Senior Research Fellow and ARC DECRA Fellow at Monash University, where she is also Percussion Coordinator. Louise is a Churchill Fellow, and recently published her first book Global Percussion Innovations: The Australian Perspective."

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Aaron Wyatt: "Originally from Perth where he had an extensive career as a freelance musician, Aaron is now an assistant lecturer at The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University. He is a violist, violinist, conductor and programmer.

Playing across a range of genres with many different ensembles, he was a long time, regular casual with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and recently toured with them to China and Abu Dhabi. He has performed internationally with a number of other groups and productions, including the award winning fringe show City of Shadows by Rachael Dease.

In Decibel, he is the developer behind the Decibel ScorePlayer app, the group's animated graphic notation software for the iPad. Aaron was recently nominated for a Helpmann Award for his musical direction of Cat Hope's new noise opera Speechless, presented as part of the 2019 Perth International Arts Festival."

-Decibel (

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"Based in Perth, Western Australia, Tristen Parr is a classically trained and versatile acoustic and electric cellist specialising in new music performance and performer integrated sound design for theatre, dance and installation.

He has toured extensively throughout Australia, America, Canada, Asia and Europe, & has recorded for Germany's SWR & the ABC performing across more than 50 recorded releases. Tristen is a founding member of Decibel, silent film band Viola Dana and art makers Praxis Collective as well as being part of many ongoing projects.

As a freelance sound designer he has been commissioned by the likes of Louisville Ballet, Yirra Yaakin, LINK Dance Company, The Australian Ballet, Steamworks Arts, Queensland Ballet, Barking Gecko, CANWA, Australian Maritime Museum, Geelong and Latrobe Regional Art Galleries along with many independent commissions.

Tristen has won numerous W.A. Music Industry and Fringe awards and has been nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Music Direction."

-Decibel (

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Lindsay Vickery: "Composer/performer Vickery's music includes works for acoustic and electronic instruments in interactive-electronic, improvised or fully notated settings, ranging from solo pieces to opera and has been commissioned by numerous groups for concert, dance and theatre.

He is a founder member of ensembles GreyWing (2016-), Decibel (2009-), HEDKIKR (2001-) and Magnetic Pig (1993-2003). He writes and presents on a range of topics, most recently on the emergence of the "screenscore", nonlinear music and the realisation of Cage's music, in publications/conferences.

He is coordinator of Composition and Music Technology at the WA Academy of Performing Arts at Edith Cowan University."

-Decibel (

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"Stuart James is a Western Australian-based composer, performer, sound designer, audio engineer, and producer. His compositional work explores both acoustic and electronic instruments, and he has been commissioned to write compositions by the ABC, Decibel Ensemble, Tetrafide Ensemble, the WASO New Music Ensemble, percussionist Louise Devenish, and visual artist Erin Coates. Stuart's work has also been performed by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Michael Kieran Harvey, and his work has been released on Tall Poppies. Stuart won the state finals of the ASME young composers' competition, won the Dorothy Ransom composition prize, and has also been nominated for Australian Music Centre Awards for his percussion pieces Temperaments and Kinabuhi | Kamatayon. Stuart has been a founding member of the Decibel ensemble, and has performed as part of this ensemble throughout Europe and Asia. Stuart also manages and operates a commercial recording studio, and has recorded and mixed national and international artists including ShockOne, Kele Okereke, JMSN, Ta-ku, Loston, Jaime Page, and others. Stuart also completed his doctorate for research in spatial audio, spectral synthesis, and wave terrain synthesis, and has continued to publish regularly on music technology."

-WAAPA, Edith Cowan University (

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track listing:

1. Une serie de reflets... - version instrumentale (studio) 14:37

2. Une serie de reflets... - partition concrete (modele) 18:46
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"This is the second Room 40 release of collaborations between Australian chamber ensemble Decibel, and French music concrète composer Lionel Marchetti, after The Last Days of Reality in 2018. This release consists of two pieces: "Inland Lake (le lac intérieur" (2019), and "La Patience (2020)". Working with Lionel is magical.

Inland Lake was devised with the ensemble when Lionel visited Australia in 2019. As he sometimes does, he came with an 'partition concrète' that was part score, part ensemble member, part fixed media. The music is coaxed from the ensemble, without score, but with discussions, listening and experiments. In the live performances, Marchetti efficiently and imaginatively positions speakers in strange directions, heights and places and somehow, the sounds melt together, intertwining and indiscernible - as on this recording. Marchetti adapts the partition concrète after first rehearsals and performances, integrating recordings of the acoustic instruments with synthesizers, tape and electronic manipulations in his home studio.

The recording of "Inland Lake" occurred in two places at once: at the Digital Hub, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance at Monash University, Melbourne and Soundfield Studio in Perth, Western Australia. Marchetti joined from France. Determined to make this recording despite the ongoing border closures within Australia and the world, the group came together telematically - using software to reduce the perception of latency and improve the sound quality 'down the line' for the performers. The ensemble was split in half between the east and west coasts of Australia, listening together over the Internet, recording locally. Marchetti later mixed and mastered the track in his own studio. Listening to the piece once the recording and mixing process was complete was like hearing it for the first time, again.

The corresponding poem is below:

Ici, plusieurs nudités cohabitent - l'une d'elle, ensevelie, est un lac sans fond
où frayent de sombres entités qui cherchent leur nom

Cette autre, beaucoup plus simple et lumineuse
ne s'embarrasse pas de tels personnages

Elle est au cœur de l'immense
en toutes saisons, à tout instant

Surgissant, vivante, d'un vide sans nom.
Here, several nudities cohabit - one of them, buried, is a bottomless lake
where swimming dark entities seek their name

This other one, much simpler and luminous, is not concerned by such characters

It is in the heart of the immense
in all seasons, at any moment

Emerging, alive, from a nameless void.

The recording of "La Patience" was also an overcoming of separations. Commissioned for Decibel's 2 Minutes from Home project, this is Marchetti's first notated composition.The score is beautiful - hand written in ink on crinkled paper, with white out, blurry artefacts and scraps of paper pasted on, a combination of traditional and graphic notations sitting on and around the stave. The project saw each member record their part in their own home, mixed by Marchetti, and blended with video by Karl Ockelford. The score is read in motion, and contains some precise coordination uncommon in other Marchetti works.

Nécessité d'une faille - l'usure

Jusqu'à se tenir à l'équilibre sur cette ligne d'ombre
toujours se déplaçant
Necessity of a flaw - attrition

Until you balance on this line
always moving.

"-Cat Hope, Poetry translations by Charlotte Mackay

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