Offspring Bites

“One of the challenges as a composer is what to do after the premiere of a new work – will it have a life beyond that initial performance or drift into the ether?” Tristan Coelho, Australian composer

Offspring Bites: our annual audio-visual releases

Offspring Bites is Ensemble Offspring’s annual recording series, celebrating the creation of new art music in Australia today. It showcases the most exceptional chamber music commissioned for the ensemble by Australian and international composers each year and includes a limited edition CD of high quality studio recordings, a digital recording release on Bandcamp, and bespoke video art housed on Vimeo.
 
Offspring Bites 1 (2017) showcases four composers who are all long-time collaborators of the group and all of these works were composed in a highly collaborative manner. “Their works couldn’t be more different, but what they do have in common is an uncompromising aesthetic and an obsession with new and original sound worlds” said Claire Edwardes, Ensemble Offspring Artistic Director.
 
According to Waller, “Sam James’ understanding of my music for his visual take on Detone Retune has been one of the most pleasantly unexpected reactions I have ever experienced of my work…enhancing the musical experience for internet audiences with crisp new qualities.”
 
Offspring Bites 1 (2017)
Juan Felipe Waller – Detone Retune (2014) (video by Samuel James)
Mary Finsterer – Silva (2012) (video by Dean Golja)
Tristan Coelho – read/write error (2015) (video by Oliver Miller)
Kate MooreFern (video by Lillian Brown – extra track on Vimeo only) 
Details:
Limited Edition CD release: $25 on Bandcamp
Digital album: $15 on Bandcamp
View videos: on Vimeo
 
Thanks to the Australia Council for the Arts and our donors to The Noisy Egg Creation Fund for their support creating living new music.
 

 


 

From the Composers

“Collaborating with Ensemble Offspring, was both personally and professionally unique and enriching. The level of engagement the group takes their projects to is far-reaching, in doing so enticing both established new music crowds as well as novelty seeking new audiences.

The path of being commissioned, taking part in workshop-oriented rehearsals, alluring performances at the Kontiki Racket Festival, plus a studio recording of my work – as well as an especially created video for it, makes the whole package a blissful experience for any composer.

And video artist, Sam James’ understanding of my music for his visual take on Detone Retune has been one of the most pleasantly unexpected reactions I have ever experienced of my work. I call it a reaction, because in no moment did I give him an explanation of my music, and from the start he was spot on in creating a very organic imagery that complements my ideas in varied layers, adding a sense of suspense, enigma, and predictability, thus enhancing the musical experience for internet audiences with crisp new qualities.”

Juan Felipe Waller, Composer – Detone Retune

“One of the challenges as a composer is what to do after the premiere of a specially-commissioned work – will it have a life beyond that initial performance or drift into the ether? This recording and video project of read/write error has given life to my music beyond its first airing making it accessible to a wider audience. Through such projects, Ensemble Offspring shows their unwavering support for the arts and a commitment to share and make relevant the project of ‘new music’ to the community at large.”

Trisan Coelho, Composer – read/write error

Reviews

“Three Bites make an entire meal! In the first of a new annual recording series to showcase innovative chamber music, Ensemble Offspring brings the listener unequivocally into the 21st century with pieces written especially for the group… the dynamic energy of Artistic Director Claire Edwardes ensures that no avenue is left unexplored in the furtherance of the art.”

Gwen Bennet, Loudmouth Magazine