Synthesizers: Sound of the Future

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Grainger Museum
Gate 13, Royal Parade

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Grainger Museum

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Presented by Grainger Museum and Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio

The Grainger Museum was at the heart of electronic music experimentation in Melbourne in the 1960s and early ‘70s, when composer Keith Humble, recently returned from a decade of musical experimentation in Paris, transformed the Museum into ‘the Grainger Centre’: an electronic experimentation studio for students and composers. Humble equipped the Grainger Centre with the latest analogue synthesizers made by Electronic Music Studios, Ltd, (EMS), London. The synthesizers from EMS allowed local composers to create entirely new sounds to incorporate into their experimental music and processes. For a brief period of less than a decade, the Grainger Museum resonated with this ‘sound of the future’.

Synthesizers: Sound of the Future tells the story of this forgotten period in the Grainger’s history. The exhibition brings together, for the first time, the suite of early EMS instruments -  many of which were in the Grainger Museum in the period - on loan from the Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio (MESS). Evoking the ethos of vibrant period of musical creativity in Melbourne, the exhibition also features cutting-edge video art by electronic artist David Chesworth, produced on the EMS Spectre video synthesizer circa 1980.

The exhibition runs in two modes, an exhibition display and an “open studio”, and incorporates performances conducted in association with Composition and Interactive Composition programs in the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, and experimental sound organisation Liquid Architecture. For more information on the public programs, see What’s On.

See the exhibition online at: Synthesizers: Sound of the Future Online

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