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Ben Carey - Secrets of the Serge Paperface Workshop

Ben Carey - Secrets of the Serge Paperface
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We are very lucky to have Ben Carey (University of Sydney) as Artist in Residence through October. While here, Ben will be presenting a one off workshop on the MESS Serge Paperface.

In Ben’s words,
’I’ve been working with a Eurorack modular synthesiser as an integral part of my artistic practice for the past 3 or so years. In my music I’m drawn to complexity, self-sustaining musical processes and the delicate dance between human and machine agencies in composition and performance. The more time I spend with modular systems, the more I’m interested in the way they make me think, how they challenge me to discover music within often unwieldy networks of electricity – music that surprises me upon each listen. Part of this process has led me to researching the genesis of some of my favourite designs and approaches to music making using these machines. For this Residency at MESS, I’m excited to dive deep into the beautiful monolith that is the Serge Paperface ’75 system. I got the chance to spend a couple of sessions with this amazing machine earlier this year, and I feel like I’ve only just scraped the surface of what this system is capable of. At the end of my residency I’ll be giving an artist talk/workshop focused specifically on this Serge system, showing examples of work created during my time here, including live demos and patch breakdowns.’


Benjamin Carey is a Sydney-based saxophonist, composer and technologist. Ben makes electronic music using the modular synthesiser, develops interactive music software and creates audio-visual works. He currently teaches and researches in the area of composition and music technology in his role as Academic Fellow the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney. His work has been performed and exhibited nationally and internationally at numerous festivals and academic conferences including the Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music (UK), the dBâle festival of electronic music (Switzerland), the New York City Electronic Music Festival (USA), the Totally Huge New Music Festival (Australia), IRCAM Live @ La Gaité Lyrique (France), the Festival de Mùsica Electroacùstica (Chile), the International Computer Music Conference (Australia) and the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (USA, UK and Australia). He collaborates regularly with artists/ensembles such as Zubin Kanga, Joshua Hyde, Ollie Bown, Megan Clune, Kusum Normoyle, Alon Ilsar, Ensemble Offspring, Sydney Chamber Opera, and many others. Ben completed a PhD in interactive musical composition at the University of Technology Sydney in 2016.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Ben reveal the secrets of the Serge Paperface and experience sounds and movements, explained and played, up close and personal.

Sunday 6th October 6pm

15 Dowling Place
North Melbourne

$5 Members
$10 Concession
$15 Full

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