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Damien Ricketson & Ensemble Offspring | The Secret Noise

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The Secret Noise

by Damien Ricketson & Ensemble Offspring

The Secret Noise EP is a surreal dreamlike recording featuring newly invented whirling instruments. It is one of a collection of recordings exploring music and secrecy.
Genre: Avant Garde: Electro-Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Chortle Balls (feat. Damien Ricketson & Jason Noble)
Ensemble Offspring
6:25 $1.69
2. Humming Cups (feat. Damien Ricketson & Jason Noble)
Ensemble Offspring
6:37 $1.69
3. Backmask (feat. Damien Ricketson, Katia Molino & Claire Edwardes)
Ensemble Offspring
11:38 $1.69
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Album Notes
The Secret Noise is a surreal and fantastical project exploring music and secrecy. Created by composer Damien Ricketson and performed by Ensemble Offspring, the dreamlike work has been inspired by cultural practices that deliberately shield music from public life including forbidden ceremonies, legally extinguished music, covert music-making and private love songs.

The Secret Noise exists in multiple forms including a live music-dance-installation and a set of limited-edition recordings. Performed by Ensemble Offspring the recordings comprise a vinyl EP, a CD and digital-only single each of different music that is unique to their particular media and present a different sonic aesthetic to the visual spectacle of the live work. This is the vinyl EP version.

Side A of the vinyl EP features specially invented whirling instruments, Chortle Balls and Humming Cups, placed in a spiral groove while side B alludes to the tradition of ‘backmasking’ with a track that can be playing in different directions and speeds.

Loaded with hidden messages and musical references ranging from Joseph Haydn to Led Zeppelin, The Secret Noise recordings collectively present a mysterious blend of acoustic electronic music that have been described as a “pleasurable kind of strange” and being “suspended in the moment between being given an anaesthetic and falling asleep”.

Damien Ricketson | chortle balls, humming cups, musical saws, turntable,
sine tones, Arduino & Juno synths
Jason Noble | clarinet & bass clarinet
Claire Edwardes | vibraphone
Katia Molino | spoken word
Bob Scott | recording & mix engineer

Damien would like to thank Narelle Benjamin, Katherine Cogill, Claire Edwardes,
Katia Molio, Jason Noble & Bree van Reyk for their creative input
in making this project possible.

This recording has been assisted by the Australian Government
through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.



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