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Synthesizers: Sound of the Future

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Synthesizers: Sound of the Future explores Melbourne's fertile electronic music scene from 1969-1974 and, more broadly, the evolution of the commercially produced synthesizer by EMS (Electronic Music Studios Ltd.).

A collaboration between the Grainger and Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio - one of the most historically significant 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 Synthesizer Greats).

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.

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Where: University of Melbourne's Grainger Museum
Cost: Free Entry
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