Australian composer Damien Ricketson’s new show for Ensemble Offspring lifts the veil on secret music.

Ensemble Offspring has come up with a tantalising series of live shows to showcase their latest multi-media venture – The Secret Noise. The multifaceted project that also features live music and dance, plays with different media; there is a live show where the audience is mobile, a limited edition vinyl album and CD (the vinyl can be played backward to reveal a hidden soundscape) and soon for those wanting to explore the concept further, a dedicated website will be launched. This kaleidoscopic hybrid arts production takes its inspiration from a surprisingly secretive subject matter: music that is deliberately shielded from public life.

Australian composer Damien Ricketson who has devised this innovative production has a penchant for music that you’re not supposed to hear. Hidden music, hidden messages and hidden venues are all important to his creative process. Often in Ricketson’s work there is a strong conceptual starting point. “I like to search down a particular research theme, really it’s a way of searching for inspiration and creating a pathway to action that allows different tangents to emerge,” Ricketson reveals. “Sometimes the finished product does not reflect the...