Synthesizers: Sound of the Future

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Synthesizers: Sound of the Future
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Go back in time to the 1960s and '70s in a celebration of Melbourne's electronic music scene

Melbourne's electronic music scene in the 1960s and '70s was groundbreaking and edgy, and at the heart of it all was the analogue synthesizer, produced by EMS (Electronic Music Systems). 

The Grainger Museum at the University of Melbourne was at the forefront of that musical experimentation, when composer Keith Humble returned from Paris to establish an avant-garde music studio there. 

Synthesizers: Sound of the Future celebrates that period of musical history at the Grainger Museum with dozens of important instruments on display, incluidng the EMS VCS-1 – one of only three in the world – and an EMS VCS-3, which was used by Pink Floyd, Brian Eno and Jean-Michel Jarre. 

In addition to the exhibition display, Synthesizers also includes live performances in association with the composition and interactive composition programs at Melbourne Uni, as well as experimental sound group Liquid Architecture. One piece that will be performed is a take on Keith Humble's 'Music for Moments' improvisatory piece.

By: Cassidy Knowlton

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