Spectral Breathing Apparatus

for solo woodwind instrument (w/o mouthpiece) + electronics

Premiere: Niamh Dell (oboe)

Born out of a long-distance collaborative relationship between Dell and de Filippo, Spectral Breathing Apparatus explores the amplification of liminal sounds produced by the oboe with the removal of the reed — where tiny squeaks and breath sounds are brought to the fore. The work explores how these sounds, which are unstable and without a definite pitch, can create novel textures that then exist and interact within the simulated spaces produced by the fixed media. Niamh traverses through sonic environments: some which evoke a glitchy chaotic energy, others that hint at a more natural space. Niamh’s breath, at times, is channeled through the instrument, but also against, as such the oboe itself is presented as an apparatus that both enhances and restricts the quality of her breath.

This work is supported by APRA AMCOS’ Art Music Fund, The American Australian Association and West Australian Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.


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Other Videos


  • 28/04/2022: Niamh Dell, Audible Edge Music Festival – Outcome Unknown, Old Customs House, Fremantle Western Australia, Massachusetts [Premiere]
  • 24/09/2022: Niamh Dell, Bibliothèque nationale et universitaire de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
  • 28/04/2023: Video Work, Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 19/05/2023: Video Work, Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, City University of New York, New York
  • 20/01/2024 – 24/03/2024: Video Work, Performing Media Festival [PMF~ 2024], South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, Indiana
  • 14/03/2024: Julianna Eidle, Campground24, Tempus Projects, Tampa, Florida