The first analogue synthesizers that fuelled Melbourne’s fertile electronic scene in the late 60s will return home when Synthesizers: Sound of the Future opens at the University of Melbourne’s Grainger Museum from 20 April.
Synthesizers is a collaboration between the Grainger and Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio – one of the most historically signifcant collections of electronic instruments in the world.
The exhibition features key instruments on loan from MESS and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, including the ultra rare EMS VCS-1 – one of three in the world - an EMS VCS-3 - used by Pink Floyd, Brian Eno and Jean-Michel Jarre – an EMS Spectre video synth and the cutting edge video art it produced (including electronic artist David Chesworth’s tongue-in-cheek 50 Synth sizer Greats).
The exhibition’s public programs will recreate some of the era’s creative output, such as an exploration of Keith Humble’s ‘Music for Monuments’ improvisatory piece, and the famous Synthi 100, once the centrepiece of the Grainger Electronic Studio - now restored and installed at the Victorian College of the Arts, but too fragile to move - will be part of a world-wide streamed Synthi 100 Live event on 16 May.
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