Melbourne's Grainger Museum has been turned into an interactive synthesiser studio

Synth Paradise

In a collaborative effort between Melbourne University's Grainger Museum and Melbourne Electronic Sound Studios, a selection of incredible vintage synthesisers are being displayed to celebrate Melbourne's role in the development of the synthesiser in the early '70s.

Synthesisers: Sound Of The Future is an interactive exhibit tracing an era of unlimited musical creativity when Melbourne's Grainger Museum was turned into a massive electronic music studio for students and staff to adventure into the unknown realms of early analogue synthesis. Featuring a selection of instruments on loan from Melbourne Electronic Sound Studios and the Mueseum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Synthesisers features an impressive lot of early analogue instruments from EMS, pioneers of the first commerically available synthesisers, including an ultra rare EMS VCS 1 (one of three in the world), an EMS VCS 3, used by Pink Floyd on Dark Side Of The Moon, and an EMS Spectre Video Synth capable of producing cutting edge video art.

 

 

The exhibition also features several other historically significant electronic music curios, including an original Moog Theremin, early tape recordings of synthesiser experiments, and early sketches dictating patch combinations and trying to understand sonic oddities such as ring and envelope modulation. You can check out some of the items included in the exhibit here; however, if you're a synth nut, you should definitely try to get down to the Grainger Museum and see these machines in the flesh and experience a fat slice of electronic music history.

 

Synthesizers: Sound Of The Future runs from Friday April 20 to Sunday September 9 - and it's all for free. 

 

Image via SM.

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