Formed by Irish composer Ed Bennett, the 10 piece ensemble Decibel explore experimental, energetic, extreme and unusual work which generally exists between, or outside the usual categories. They play new music which combines a direct amplified instrumental ensemble sound with electronics, improvisation and a direct, raw energy. Apart from premiering many works by Ed Bennett, Decibel has worked with a diverse range of subversive composers and artists including Louis Andriessen, Heiner Goebbels, Laurence Crane, Howard Skempton, Michael Finnissy, Joe Cutler and Michael Wolters commissioning and premiering many new works. The group has also collaborated with artists from different disciplines including video artists and choreographers.
Since Decibel's first concert in Belfast in 2003 they have performed in concert halls, libraries, fields, sculptures, schools and art galleries throughout the UK and Ireland, to enthusiastic audiences and critical acclaim. The group's recent CD of Ed Bennett’s music "My Broken Machines" on NMC Records was Time Out Chicago's No.1 Contemporary CD of 2011. There latest album ‘Togetherness’ on Diatribe was described by BBC Radio 3 Record Review as ‘thought provoking and highly original, a great record.’
"A real sense of mastery, stunningly intense...refreshing, bold and frequently thrilling." - The Quietus
"beautiful work....great energy" - John Zorn