1. Awards

    • Winner of the '2015 Instrumental Work of the Year' in the Australian Art Music Awards.
    • "A fascinating work of imagination and superlative craft." Selectrion jury 11/08/15


    Critical review

    • Damien Ricketson’s immersive exploration of secret music is a trail-blazing triumph … The Secret Noise is an eccentric, but sensitively constructed evening that is part installation, part dance theatre and part concert … Ensemble Offspring are pioneers and with this production they have left the first footprints in the sand of an exciting new territory for Australian performance. Maxim Boon Live Reviews, Limelight Magazine 21/11/14
    • This collaborative music/dance/theatre work communicates not only the sound of music but also the experience of musical process as reception, memory and fantasy. It’s a critical commentary on our understanding as concert-goers of interpersonal musical exchange. What if ‘classical music’ were individually tailored and responsive at all times? Felicity Clark. “The concert: surreptitiously re-thought” RealTime Dec-Jan 2014
    • a playful and original exploration of gesture, sounds and the ghosts of machines that produce them. Peter McCallum. “Playful music-making beneath Sydney Town Hall” Sydney Morning Herald 23/11/14
    • For all the experimentalism, surreality and abstraction, it’s a throughly engaging, watchable and listenable happening, one that unfolds and unfurls at a gentle pace … Edgy isn’t always assimilable, but the virtuosity of Ensemble Offspring and its esteemed partners, their collective sense of genre-defying adventure, commitment and striving for excellence distinguishes this work as truly cutting-edge. It’s, at once, very now, with more than a hint of tomorrow. Lloyd Bradford Syke: “The Secret Noise: Ensemble Offspring” Syke on Stage 8/12/14
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    Audience review

    • I have never been as blown away at any contemporary music concert as I was tonight … This is an experience I'll never forget.
    • I’m still buzzing from what, for me, was the best new music performance I’ve ever enjoyed.
    • a visually and aurally engrossing creation seamlessly blending live music (with some strange instruments), dance and design. It's subtle, witty, sexy and surprising and features wonderful talent.
    • Tonight’s performance was the most mesmerising musical experience I have had in years, by far. Absolutely stunning and inspirational work. Perfect and unique in every way.
    • I LOVED it!! The whole crazy experience … cutting so many edges. I felt like I was being taken on some Magical Mystery Tour.
    • It was delightful, inventive, unexpected and incredibly well executed.
    • the best thing I've seen all year. Combining musicians, dancers and an actor, it's an immersive, engaging, funny and serenely beautiful work.
    • Exquisite! I enjoyed every minute of it! … Simply gorgeous
    • Fantastically experiential
    • beautiful to the eye and ear
    • Awesome performance … brilliantly conceived
    • It was so beautiful I almost cried
    • A really pleasurable kind of strange
    • Every new section was surprising, but in the most gentle kind of way
    • I was suspended in that moment between being given an anaesthetic and falling asleep
    • that show was so f****** good, my wife and I were left completely speechless.
    A sourced collation of audience feedback