Meeting Notice: June 2019

The next meeting of the AES Melbourne Section will be on Monday 3rd June.

It will be a visit to the Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio (MESS) where Byron Scullin will give a talk on:

The Establishment of MESS
The History of Electronic Music in Melbourne

(Bookings required – see below)

Byron will describe the establishment of MESS and its collection. He will also discuss the particular histories of key machines in the collection, as well as answer any questions you may have.

At the conclusion of the evening, there will be an opportunity for visitors to get some hands-on with some items in the collection. MESS advises:
You are encouraged to bring your favourite pair of headphones or a laptop/audio interface or some other recording device to capture the sounds you make on the night. We have a limited number of good quality headphones and an abundance of other cables (audio, data, MIDI, and so on) at MESS that you are free to use during the session.”

Mon 3
rd June 2019 at 7:30pm
The Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio
15 Dowling Place
North Melbourne

Available space is limited, so bookings are required – please use the booking form below:

Priority will be given to current AES members, but non-members will be allocated any unused spots on a chronological basis – so be sure to book early.
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About MESS:
Based in Melbourne Australia, MESS is a unique not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the creation of electronic sound and music founded by Robin Fox and Byron J Scullin.

The heart of MESS is the MESS Studio, a fully functioning sound production workshop representing one of the most unique, eclectic and historically significant collections of electronic instruments in the world. Working from within the studio is the MESS School, a place for people to engage with the history, technique and artistry of electronic sound and music creation presented in a format that is flexible, affordable and artist driven. Work created at the studio and school is supported by MESS Show to promote unique performance events and recording releases reflecting the diversity of sound created at MESS alongside historical releases from the vault of Australian electronic music . Finally MESS Schematic not only maintains the instruments in the MESS Studio collection, it also offers a space for the development of new instrument ideas focussing on design, engineering and construction.

MESS is an independent, inclusive and culturally broad organisation, reflecting the history of the field, supporting those currently involved in creation, as well as ensuring and encouraging its vibrancy, diversity and legacy into the future. Wherever it is, MESS will create an environment based on encouraging physical interaction between artists and instruments. This is a place where coincidence, chance and curiosity allow and encourage people to interact with each other and with the collection. MESS maintains independence through a diverse funding model drawing on private patronage, membership donation, and cultural institutions. 

About Byron Scullin:
The work of Melbourne practitioner Byron Scullin explores the technological representation and amplification of sound as well as its properties as a physical presence. Operating in an ambiguous space where sound transitions into noise, Scullin’s sonic environments offer an experience of mass and multiplicity, often representing attempts to hear the unhearable.

Scullin’s work includes Bass Bath a performance installation for 22 double 18” subwoofers, scent and light and Siren Song, a massive scale immersive audio installation based around the female voice and implemented via 500 horn speakers and a helicopter equipped with a sound system used for emergency notification. His work has been presented at Dark Mofo, Perth Festival, and at Spill Festival of Performance (UK) as part of 14-18 NOW. 

After an interest in synthesis at a young age, Scullin was mentored by producer and composer Francois Tetaz. He has since been involved in almost all aspects of audio in 

his twenty year career, contributing sound to feature films such as Wolf Creek, contemporary dance productions by Lucy Guerin, Gideon Obarzanek, and Lee Serle, and theatre works by David Chisholm, Chamber Made Opera, and Arena Theatre Co. He has created installations for museums and galleries – including Creation Cinema as part of First Peoples at the Melbourne Museum – and produced, engineered and mastered numerous Australian and international recordings. He has also worked as a sound educator at RMIT and Melbourne University.

A prolific collaborator, Scullin has worked closely with audio-visual artist Robin Fox and video artist Daniel Crooks, as well as Australian composers Anthony Pateras, Marco Fusinato, and Oren Ambarchi. He’s also helped realise sound for notable international artists including Bernard Parmegiani, Tony Conrad, and Steven O’Malley.