ELISION is Australia’s leading new music ensemble.  The group has established a reputation for delivering authoritative and virtuosic interpretations of complex, unusual, and challenging aesthetics, often developed in close collaboration with the composer. The practice of the ensemble ranges from concert giving to cross-disciplinary projects with a range of new media and visual artists. Installation-performance works and the use of improvisational experiences as a creative tool to inform more structured and formally notated music have been a key element of the group’s activities.

International concert and recording engagements received to-date include performances for Maerzmusik, the Hebbel Theater of Berlin, the Berlin Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, Wien Modern, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Westdeutscher Rundfunk, and Radio Bremen, Festival Ars Musica of Brussels, the Züricher TheaterSpektakel, Saitama Arts Theatre of Japan, IRCAM as part of the Agora festival, the 50th Warsaw Autumn Festival, the Chekov International Theatre Festival of Moscow, the Festival d’automne of Paris, the TRANSIT Festival of Leuven and the Ultima Festival of Oslo. This activity complements major appearances at the Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide Festivals and the release of several recordings with KAIROS, NEOS, NMC and MODE reviewed to acclaim by the international press.

Since 2009 ELISION has enjoyed ongoing concert activity in London and regular appearances for the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.  Richard Barrett’s CONSTRUCTION, a 2-hour cycle commissioned by the European Capital of Culture programme was premiered by ELISION at the Huddersfield Contemporary music Festival in 2011 and broadcast live by BBC Radio3.  Recently the group has worked with composers Bryn Harrison, Mary Bellamy, Sam Hayden, Einar Einarsson and Paul Craenen, and maintained a close research relationship with SIAL studios at RMIT, Melbourne. ELISION has also developed a strong relationship with newly emergent strands of American composition as evident in the close association with composers Aaron Cassidy, Evan Johnson and Timothy McCormack.

Major projects have included Liza Lim’s opera The Navigator, the performance-installation works DARK MATTER and Opening of the Mouth with Richard Barrett and TULP - the body public with composer John Rodgers and new media artist Justine Cooper.

ELISION has recorded over twenty-two compact discs (inxcluding 5 for NMC), undertaken close to thirty international tours to over fourteen different countries and initiated international commissions supported by organisations in England, Canada, Holland, France and Japan. Conductors worked with include Jean Deroyer, Franck Ollu, Christian Eggen, Manuel Nawri, Simon Hewett, Denis Cohen, Carl Rosman, and Eugene Ughetti.  Of singular importance to ELISION was the relationship with conductor Sandro Gorli.

ELISION now consists of twenty leading musicians from four Australian capital cities, Singapore, Manchester, Paris, Cologne, and Bonn.

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Richard Barrett's transmission features solo works written for members of leading contemporary ensemble ELISION, plus a duo featuring the composer on live electronics together with ELISION's pioneering director and guitarist Daryl Buckley.

This disc was recorded with funds from Arts Queensland and Australia Council for the Arts.


transmission reviewed by Paul Driver

"The impressive transmission closes the disc with a tour de force for solo electric guitar and live electronics, using a hybrid sound that mixes acoustic and electric guitar output. Guitarist Daryl Buckley had a hand in devising the guitar timbres that slide effortlessly from dense electronic structures to fast, distorted passages reminiscent of jazz-rock guitarist John McLaughlin."
Gramophone 2006

Transmission ... is written for a hybrid guitar that functions as both an electric and acoustic instrument, with outputs that are then computer-transformed in real time to create a wonderfully tangled and totally unclassifiable sound source, sometimes evoking the feedback-laden world of heavy metal, or the cheesy twang of massed Hawaiian guitars. The other pieces may be more conventionally virtuosic but they still pack enormous physical impact, as if, through some symbiotic process, the music had been derived from the very essence of the instruments themselves.

The Guardian 2006


Recording date: 18-19 January 2003, and 19-21 and28-29 April 2004

Recording venue: ABC Southbank Studios, Melbourne, and Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane, Australia

Engineers: Jim Atkins, Michael Hewes 
Producers: Richard Barrett, Daryl Buckley

Cover image: Arman: 'Colere de violons' (1962)

(P) 2006 NMC Recordings Ltd

United Music Publishers
Catalogue number:
NMC D117
Release Date:
1 June 2006