March 27, 2021 7:00 pm
Sidney Myer Music Bowl
Ben Willis and Jason Lau
MESS invited audiences to step into the dream world of electronic sound and music as we took over the Sidney Myer Music Bowl to present a sweeping lineup of local talent in March 2021.
A 1200-strong crowd was treated to the world premiere of soaring textures of the newly formed MESS Synthesiser Orchestra led by Mat Watson who brought ‘Magnitudes’, a commissioned work by Watson, to life on a spectacular mass activation of the MESS collection. The Bowl was filled with the synth pop stylings of Simona Castricum, and new sonic explorations by R. Rebeiro (My Disco/Downwards), Naretha Williams (Blak Mass), OK EG and the legendary sound of Artificial (Nicole Skeltys / B(if)tek). Featuring live visuals by Carla Zimbler.
The MESS Synthesiser Orchestra
16 artists, 40 machines. MESS at the Bowl featured the debut performance of the MESS Synthesiser Orchestra led by Mat Watson performing Magnitudes, a commissioned piece created by Watson. This live spectacular saw the most iconic machines in electronic music history brought together for the rarest of opportunities to hear them resonate live and en masse. MESS Synthesiser Orchestra ensemble members: Mat Watson, ĀN JÍ, Gus Franklin, Biddy Connor, Romy Fox, Katerina Stathis, Meri Leeworthy, Justin Ashworth, Jannah Quill, Gregor, Sooji, Mads Davey, Vijay Thillaimuthu, Nina Buchanan, Mike Callander and special guest, David Chesworth.
MESS at the Bowl was presented by MESS and supported by the Australian Music Vault and Arts Centre Melbourne as part of the Live at the Bowl series.