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Between The Keys extends our successful Partch’s Bastards project where we follow the lead of the iconic Harry Partch whose music was so radical he needed to build his own orchestra of unique instruments to play it. Ensemble Offspring commissioned sonically beautiful instruments on which to perform vivid new colours and scales in this new release.

“This was a most enjoyable concert exploring an intriguing and rarely visited sonic landscape. Different, but very accessible, the program proved a hit with barely an empty seat in the house.”

Veronica Bailey, Partial Durations

“Dedicated to new music and new ideas in music performance, Ensemble Offspring has produced a recording of most unusual compositions, based around a new tuning system.”

Barry Walmsley

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Springtime CD

Ensemble Offspring’s dedication to the presentation of new work is summed up in this latest release. The all-premiere collection of works were commissioned by or written for Ensemble Offspring. Springtime, the group’s second CD, sparkles with the energy and vitality that characterise its live performances.

“Ensemble Offspring’s razor-sharp precision, textural clarity, incisive attack and thrilling virtuosity created one of the most stimulating and challenging concerts I’ve heard in recent years.”

Murray Black, The Australian

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A Line Has Two CD

A Line Has Two is a large-scale sonic-literary work by Australian composer Damien Ricketson and renowned poet Christopher Wallace-Crabbe. As well as the sounds of the voice, clarinet, marimba and vibraphone, the work includes an unusual palette of instruments including bowed-crystal glasses an Argentine bamboo saxophone, Balinese gongs and electronics.

“…sounds seemed to hover in the air before they landed exquisitely in one’s ear. This work is like a wooden box of very small compartments full of delicious treats for the ears and eyes.”


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Fractured Again DVD

Conceived by Damien Ricketson with video art by Andrew Wholley, Fractured Again is a striking audio-visual work exploring the fragile medium of glass. Premiered at the Sydney Festival and toured to China, this multisensory recording features musical instruments made of glass including the incredibly rare glass harmonica. This limited-edition DVD presented in unique glass and metal packaging immerses the senses in beautiful surround sound.

” … magnificent gonglike instruments made of glass sounded like all the bells of Venice heard through a deep mist.”

Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald

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