Developed by Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio, expand your knowledge on analogue culture at a series of master workshops with MESS facilitators and special guest lecturers at an Inner Melbourne location. These selective entry workshops capped at 30 participants, run daily from Tuesday, 15th October through till Saturday, 19th October, challenging music-makers out of their bedrooms to interact with some of the most unique, eclectic and historically significant collections of electronic instruments in the world. Participants will have access to the 500-piece MESS instrument library, whilst learning about its living history through guest conversations with pioneers and local heroes, as a part of an ever-expanding electronic sound community.
Successful applicants will be tasked to work together and create a short original electronic composition, to be performed in front of an audience at the week’s end. Utilising instruments from the MESS collection, instruction and guidance will be provided by some of the world’s best in electronic sound and MESS residents, as participants are encouraged to confront their understanding of collaborative work to a tight deadline.
To assist the learning process, daily workshops with MESS facilitators will accompany private lectures with special guests, Fairlight inventor Peter Vogel, electronic experimentalist Hiro Kone, past and present MESS residents Melbourne producer Andras, and MESS co-founder Robin Fox, as well as a public attended conversation with seminal figure, Suzanne Ciani.
The Fairlight was a landmark invention in electronic music technology, and Peter Vogel’s contribution to sampling is of undisputed influence, making his appearance a valuable must-see for aspiring producers. Meanwhile, Hiro Kone travels from New York to speak on her interactive and intuitive approach to releasing multiple albums of experimental praise.
Inspiring music-makers looking to expand their creative practice through the shifting world of electronic music, don’t miss out on applying for Synthesis. Spots are limited, and those wishing to apply should fill out the form below. All applications are reviewed and processed by MESS. Applications open Thursday, 29th August through till Thursday, 12th September.