Some sound ad­vice for Perth

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Tanya MacNaughton

CAROL Robin­son lived every­where from England to South Dakota dur­ing her child­hood and con­sid­ers LA her Amer­i­can home.

But in 1979 her fas­ci­na­tion with Paris’s lo­cal new mu­sic scene lured her to the French cap­i­tal.

Fate stepped in and she met elec­tronic mu­sic com­poser Eliane Radigue at a din­ner party who, af­ter lis­ten­ing to Robin­son’s al­bum Feldman, in­vited the mu­si­cian to work on the 2007 Nald­jor­lak project.

“We have a sim­i­lar com­pre­hen­sion of the in­te­rior of sound and we are both per­fec­tion­ists,” Robin­son said.

“Her mu­sic is pow­er­ful in its ex­treme sub­tle per­fec­tion; the aware­ness that it pro­vokes is im­por­tant in to­day’s con­flicted world.”

Al­though Robin­son dab­bled with the pi­ano and vi­ola da gamba, she found her voice in the clar­inet and plays var­i­ous types, in­clud­ing the Lithua­nian bir­byne, which will fea­ture in her Deci­bel New Mu­sic En­sem­ble per­for­mance on Oc­to­ber 30.

Deci­bel di­rec­tor Cat Hope com­mis­sioned Radigue and Robin­son to cre­ate a new work as an ad­di­tion to Radigue’s OC­CAM OCEAN se­ries.

OC­CAM – The Mu­sic of Eliane Radigue will be per­formed at PICA, where Robin­son is do­ing a two-week artist res­i­dency.

“Rather than in­ter­pret­ing a score, the work en­tails ex­ten­sive one-on-one re­hearsal to un­der­stand the ex­act tim­bral con­trol re­quired,” Robin­son said.

“With­out the on-site pres­ence of one of us, it would not be pos­si­ble to cre­ate this new piece with Deci­bel and it seemed nat­u­ral that I be the per­son to come to Perth.”

Robin­son said she would re­hearse in­di­vid­u­ally with each Deci­bel mu­si­cian through the var­i­ous in­stru­men­tal com­bi­na­tions be­fore bring­ing the group of five to­gether.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to mak­ing a beau­ti­ful, tai­lor-made piece for Deci­bel that re­flects the unique na­ture of WA,” she said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d445292

Deci­ble New Mu­sic En­sem­ble will be joined by Carol Robin­son in its per­for­mance at PICA.

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