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Why Patterns?

Borrowing its name from the mesmersing work of Morton Feldman, Ensemble Offspring takes a novel look at patterns in music with Why Patterns? Focusing on the concept of ‘process music’, from which the extremely popular Minimalist movement emerged, the Ensemble will present an unexpected selection of composers who have created a transparent music that is ...


Red Rattler Theatre 6 Faversham Street, Marrickville, NSW

Cornelius Cardew's epic Treatise on musical democracy 
invites all with open ears and a sense of imagination to join in the creation of music. 
In this unique rendition, the visually beautiful yet sonically ambiguous graphic score brings 
together Ensemble Offspring and the NOW now. With additional sets by the Splinter Orchestra and Ensemble Offspring (performing ...

Professor Bad Trip

If you’ve ever wondered what classical music on drugs would sound like, look no further than the mind-bending sounds of Professor Bad Trip. Composed by the Italian artist Fausto Romitelli who died prematurely in 2004, Professor Bad Trip is where psychedelic rock lives on. Inspired by the comic artist Gianluca Lerici a.k.a. Professor Bad Trip ...

Fractured Again (China)

When Lucia kills her husband in Donizetti’s opera Lucia di Lammermoor, her ensuing descent into madness is accompanied by a glass harmonica: an angelic sounding instrument that fell from favour because it was thought to trigger insanity. When Ensemble Offspring laid their hands on the only glass harmonica in country, Donizetti’s ‘mad scene’ was just ...

Partch’s Bastards (2011)

Following 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 has commissioned the design of visually striking and sonically beautiful instruments to perform in these newly invented scales. Californian-come-Wollongong composer, instrument-builder and tuning guru Kraig Grady has ...

Bargain Garden

Bargain Garden is a toxic nightmare in all the pretty colours of the rainbow – a creative investigation into the world of bargain shops, consumerism and plastic. An interdisciplinary group of artists create a dramatic "surround" visual and aural performance fusing physical theatre, live and electronic music, design and multi-media. In investigating the phenomenon of ...