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FIVE MELBOURNE SYNTH FESTIVAL ESSENTIALS

Posted in Blog, Melbourne Synth Show News    //    Post Date - November 19, 2018

Heading to the Melbourne Synth Festival? Well ya should and here’s 5 big reasons why!
The Melbourne Synth Festival (Nov 23-25, 2018 Meat Market, North Melbourne) is Australia’s premier event dedicated to all things in the world of synthesisers, DJ equipment and electronic music making.

1. THE OPENING NIGHT CONCERT
Friday 23 November 7-11pm Meat Market North Melbourne
Festival Launch Event: Featuring Luke Million + Emah Fox + Beatrice + Honeysmack

The opening night concert offers up a fascinating lineup of artists from the Australian electronic music world featuring Luke Million, whose synth wizardry we first witnessed with his Future Classic releases. The Triple J waves are no stranger to Luke’s releases with tracks Arnold, Midnight and Fear the Night hitting radios and ears on high rotation. His trademark sound has been in demand with Luke crafting a string of remixes for artists including Tkay Maidza, Porsches, Young Franco, Moullinex, Ou Est Le Swimming Pool and even his own band The Swiss. Also on the bill is Melbourne-based Acid House stalwart Honeysmack, who will bring is vintage synth swagger to the stage. Honyesmack aka David Haberfleld’s work as an energetic and colourful live electronic act Honeysmack has earned him rare respect on the Australian live rock and dance music circuits. We’re also fortunate to have the uber-busy Beatrice Lewis performing. Just back from an extensive European and UK tour with one of her other projects Haiku Hands, Beatrice will be another act you won’t want to miss. Rounding out our electronic music blitz will be Emah Fox and her fabulous dark brand of synth pop, urgent beats and ominous synths.

Super early bird deal! Purchase a Festival pass for $45 before November 16, get into the opening night concert and it includes your entry into the Melbourne Synth festival for the whole weekend! 3 dates of fun for the one!

Tickets HERE and take advantage of our EARLY BIRD rates!

2. AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST POP-UP SYNTH and DJ GEAR SHOP!
Saturday 24 November 10am-6pm
Sunday 25 November 10am-4pm
See, try and buy from a huge range of electronic music-related gear. There will be the New, Vintage, and Boutique. Hardware and Software. Synth units, plug ins and accessories. Headsets and Turntables. MIDI and Modular. You won’t see this much gear under one roof again this year!
Brands include: 1010 Music, Arturia, Avid, Bitwig, Buchla, Elektron, Eve Audio, Ferrofish, Focusrite, IK Multimedia, Korg, M-Audio, Moog, Native Instruments, Nektar, Nord,
Novation, Pittsburgh Modular, Propellerhead, Reason, Reference, RME, Roland, Steinberg,
Teenage Engineering, Tendrils (eurorack), Traktor, Waldorf, Yamaha and more.

3. WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS
MSF2018 offers an incredible opportunity to educate yourself in all things electronica in our 2 dedicated demonstration areas. Come on down and sit in on the many sessions being offered and ask those questions you’ve been pondering over. Our experts include Byron Scullin (MESS), the resequencer himself Christopher Steller, David Haberfeld (Honeysmack), Dave Whitehead (Roland), Ehsan Gelsi (Innovative Music), Davey Norris aka Dizz 1 and many more.

4. LIVE SETS ALL WEEKEND
Not only does MSF2018 offer our great Friday night launch concert but you can also catch DJ sets and electronic music performances all weekend. Artists appearing over the weekend include: Cannes 2018 Palmes D’Or winning soundtrack creator Chiara Kickdrum, ACM, Emah Fox, Honeysmack, Amelia Arsenic (just returned from successful USA tour), The Oddness, Sadiva, Ehsan Gelsi + LA-based Aussie Sergio Selim and more.

5. MESS tours
Take advantage of his wonderful opportunity to view and try the amazing vintage and 
state of the art gear at the Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio. 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 Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio, a fully functioning sound production workshop representing one of the most unique, eclectic and historically significant collections of electronic instruments in the world.

Event Website: www.australianmusician.com.au/melbourne-synth-festival
Location: 
Meat Market, North Melbourne
3 Blackwood St, Melbourne, Victoria 3051

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MELBOURNE SYNTH FESTIVAL: EMAH FOX INTERVIEW

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Melbourne Synth Show News    //    Post Date - November 18, 2018

Emah Fox will be performing at the Melbourne Synth Festival Opening Night Concert on Friday 23 November 7pm-11pm and she’ll back back for another set on Saturday November 24.

Ahead of her MSF appearances, Emah spoke to Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips

Emah Fox describes her music as “High Intensity Synth Pop”. Emah is a musician and producer based in Melbourne, Australia. Her dark brand of synth pop pits urgent beats and ominous synths against sweet polyrhythmic melody. The intricate production satellites around lucid vocals which shift from restrained intensity to epic and soaring. Earlier musical explorations have earned critical acclaim from ROLLING STONE ‘nothing sort of joyous’, MINISTRY OF SOUND ‘emotive vocals and fine lyrics’ and REVOLVER ‘world-class electro’.

Melb Synth fest ticket info:https://www.australianmusician.com.au/melbourne-synth-festival/tickets/

https://emahfox.com/
https://www.facebook.com/emahfox/ 

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MELBOURNE SYNTH FESTIVAL INTERVIEW: CHIARA KICKDRUM

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Melbourne Synth Show News    //    Post Date - November 6, 2018


Chiara Costanza (aka Chiara Kickdrum) is an Italian born, Melbourne based composer, producer, music educator and DJ. Her artistic appreciation and blend of music disciplines allow her to produce an eclectic range of musical outcomes. Classically trained in piano in Italy and later exposed to electronic music after moving to Melbourne in 2004, Chiara has since moved into a well respected position in the Melbourne Techno movement through her dedication to a refined DJing technique and production of electronic music. This eventually led to extra studies in sound art and design at RMIT University, extending her interests into composition and sound design for screen.
Chiara’s work now ranges across composing and producing music and sound design for film and TV commercials, creating electronic music for live performance, composing soundscapes for immersive environments and art installations, and the experimental use of field recordings with analogue and digital synthesis.

Chiara’s latest soundtrack was created for a short film, All These Creatures, which won Palme D’Or at the Cannes International Film Festival 2018. In the past couple of years, Chiara has also been a sessional lecturer at Monash University in Melbourne, in the Creative Music Technology Department.
Chiara will also be performing at the inaugural Melbourne Synth Festival.

Ahead of her Synth Festival appearance, Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips spoke to Chiara about her musical journey.

Tell me about growing up in Italy and the kind of music you were exposed to.
I started learning about classical music at a very early age with my dad, who had a lot of classical music records and also opera. Maybe towards my teenage years I started listening to more rock and heavy metal. My brother is ten years older and he was into a lot of that Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. Then I played in bands where I was playing keys and singing … punk rock and metal bands. Those were my first attempts to play live. Also when I was seven years old I had started studying classical piano and I continued doing that all the way to uni and while I was at uni, at around 18 I started listening to jazz, fusion. So I went through all the stages and then when I moved to Melbourne, that’s when I got exposed to electronic music and started listening to techno, house and even hip hop, which I had never listened to before.

I believe you had a Deep Purple cover band but only songs from the Glenn Hughes period?
That’s right. I was a big fan when I was younger. We just did Come Taste The Band, I think the Stormbringer album as well. Glenn has a very high voice so I could sing those songs. To find a man to replicate those vocals was very hard so I ended up doing it and it was a lot of fun

Do you recall the first time you heard electronic music?
It was here in Melbourne and I was at my ex-boyfriend’s place and he had an amazing collection of techno records from the 90s. I don’t remember which day but one of the first days that I went to his place he started playing his stuff and straight away, I was like wow, how have I never listened to this? I was working part time because I didn’t have a full time working visa and when he went to work I used to go through all of his records and CDs and did lots of research and that’s when I fell in love with it

Your music projects are so diverse, are you ultra curious or do you get bored easily?
Both (laughs). Music is like that and that’s why I have been listening to so much music, it just interests me to listen to different songs and I do get bored very easily. I do it because I can but also as I get older I find I’m starting to understand what I like to do more and what I like to do less. I think in time, I will start to do less of a variety of music and specialise more into what I enjoy doing.

When did you start to DJ?
The DJ thing started about five years ago. That started because at the time I had been in Australia for eight years and I had collected records and I had some turntables. I didn’t really know if I wanted to do it or not but then just thought why not? So I had all this music I wanted to play and the idea of people listening to what I enjoy was really exciting to me. I did a party with a friend and there wasn’t that many people there but that gave me the confidence to keep going and then by word of mouth, people come and see you play and that’s how everything started.

It got so popular that you played the Meredith Music Festival. What was that like?
That was amazing. That was one of the best experiences and I played live at that event. It was probably the biggest thing I have done in terms of live shows. It was nerve wracking but very exciting… all these people all concentrating on one stage. It was incredible. Meredith is a very nice festival, very well organised.

What led you to doing film soundtracks?
Learning classical piano I have always played around with that piano soundtracky stuff, just making things up, writing my own music. Also listening to a lot of stuff like Philip Glass, even now in the car I am listening to Ryuichi Sakamoto. I’ve always been interested in how music can be connected to vision and how it can effect the way we think and feel. It’s telling a story and it’s a whole 360 degree thing that is very interesting to me.

You recently performed an original soundtrack to a silent horror film, Vampyre. What tools did you use to perform that?
I used Virus TI 2 Desktop, which I have been using for quite a while and Elektron Analog RYTM, which is the main drum machine that I use. Because I was travelling I didn’t use much else gear, as the event was held in Sydney and Canberra, so I kept it quite minimal. I don’t have that many old synths, I have a (Roland) SH-101 that was given to me by a friend and he hasn’t taken it back yet! Apart from that I have a MIDI controller keyboard, reverb pedal. I used to have a Moog Sub 37 but I left that behind at my old place with someone else. Now that I am moving house I can create a proper studio and do my work there. I use a lot of soft synths as well, especially for my soundtrack stuff, the Kontact instruments, things like Spitfire.

All These Creatures, a film that you did the music for won the Palme D’Or at Cannes. That must have been a thrill to be involved in that?
That was an amazing experience and completely unexpected. It was a very low budget movie and we really didn’t think that it got to where it did. So I ended up going to Cannes, not knowing that we were going to win but knew it was a really nice film. We experienced the whole red carpet, the festival, the networking, the win, the ceremony and the after party, everything about it was incredible and working with the director Charles Williams, was an incredible experience also and it’s given me a lot of confidence and the inspiration to keep going. Sometimes when you do these jobs, the budgets are low and you don’t get the recognition when you are doing creative work. It is very personal and it can get quite emotional at times but doing this was a really important experience in my life.

You are performing at the Melbourne Synth Festival. What can we expect from your performance?
I believe I am playing quite early in the morning … 11.45 am, so I am not planning anything too crazy. I have been producing a lot of ambient stuff lately and so I think I will be doing a lot of that and I think I’m going to improvise a lot with my drum machine. I’ve got a lot of new samples and things that I have recorded and put in my drum machine, so I will be using that as a sampler. I think I’ll do something quite organic and maybe moving towards some beats for the second half of my set. We’ll see what happens.

Part of the Synth Festival will be tours of MESS (Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio). You spent some time there. Did you have a favourite piece of gear?
Yes, the Jupiter 8 was a favourite, it’s a beautiful synth. I wrote a lot of stuff with that which I really loved. The Buchla was great to use because I am always wanting to explore more the modular world, so that was a good start for me. I would say that those two were my favourite pieces of gear, the ones I used the most. Obviously while I was there I used the 808 and the 909, which I’d never used before. There is so much stuff there.

What’s on for 2019?
A few things, I’ll be producing music for theatre which is another thing to add to my list. A couple of new films that will take some time but I’ll start soon. I am doing some work for the Sydney Dance Company at the end of November, creating music for a dance performance which will be shown at Carriageworks in Sydney. There are quite a few exciting things coming up. At the same time I will take the time to write my own music and hopefully release some more stuff myself.

https://www.chiarakickdrum.com/

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MELBOURNE SYNTH FESTIVAL INTERVIEW: SERGIO SELIM

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Melbourne Synth Show News    //    Post Date - November 1, 2018

Sergio Selim is a music producer, writer, performer, multi-instrumentalist, DJ and all -round musician who spends his time between his hometown of Sydney and Los Angeles. His musical journey began at the young age of 4 when he discovered the piano and classically studied the instrument well into his teens. He has been a frequent fixture on the live music scene in Australia for years and is heavily sought after. As a producer, Sergio has worked with some of the music industry’s most elite artists and producers, while at the same time working on his own solo projects. Sergio’s album ‘VERSION’ is his most recent release. With Synths and Keytars being his usual weapons of choice, Sergio delivers hybrid performances with an instrument he is most known for mastering; The Talk Box

Ahead of his performance at the Melbourne Synth Festival, Sergio found time to chat to us from LA

Do you recall the first time you heard an electronic music track that really caught your attention?
I remember being infatuated with “Pump Up The Jam” by Technotronic as a baby. That song is one of my earliest musical memories.

What were some of the music artists or albums that inspired you through your teens?
I have to credit classical, west coast hip hop and 70’s and 80’s funk+soul for shaping me musically. There are way too many to name, but Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis opened up my mind and ears with their genius production work and Prince is and always will be the blueprint of what being a musician is all about.

What was the first piece of music gear that you acquired?
I grew up with an upright acoustic piano in the house which is where I learned to play. My first real synth that I bought myself was a big, heavy Yamaha DX7 which I still have today.

Tell us about the gear you work with now to create your music
I’m a hardcore synth cat with a room full of synths, but with all the love they’ve been showing me this year, my Roland gear is being put to work more than anything else right now, especially the System 8 and I still use my Juno 106 just as much as any other synth that I own. I also use my JD-Xi both in the studio and live for everything from pads, drum loops and especially the talk box. I also love my Roland/Serato DJ-505 for DJ sets.

When did you first get into the keytar?
I’ve always loved the idea of stepping out from behind the keyboard stand with a keytar and jamming on stage, so when I finally got my hands on my first keytar, it was a wrap. I always focused not only on the playing, but on developing an original style with as much finesse and expression as any dope guitarist.

When did you first come across the talk box?
I used to hear the talk box on west coast hip hop records growing up, mostly used as an effect or background vocal and thought it sounded kinda cool. Every now and then I’d hear producers and talk box artists singing hooks which I thought was dope and wanted to give it a try myself. I’m grateful to now to be considered one of the top names in the world for the talk box.

What’s on the gear wish list?
Anything I don’t have! The Moog One looks incredible though.

What can we expect from your appearance at the Melbourne Synth Festival?
I’m going live for my family at Roland, messing with a bunch of their latest gear with maybe a surprise or two… pull up and rock with me!

What’s your latest recording that people can hear?
Check out my album ‘VERSION’ on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music etc. http://smarturl.it/ssversion

What projects are you currently working on?
I’m always working on different projects with different artists, but I have some new solo material on the way. Stay posted on my socials for them new drops!

What artists are inspiring you at the moment?
I’m usually inspired by new sounds, new colours and new flavours that I can play with. Whether it come from a new sound pack, or a new synth, or anywhere else, I love new sounds and new gear.

What would be your dream collaboration?
Hey Jay Kay (Jamiroquai) … wanna do a song together?

What are you most proud of so far in your music career?
I’m an extreme perfectionist so I’m never really satisfied. I’m just looking forward to what’s next.

What do you have planned for 2019?
More. More music, more shows, more traveling, more life.

 

Connect with Sergio:

Instagram: @sergioselim

Facebook: facebook.com/sergioselimsounds

SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/sergioselim

YouTube: youtube.com/sergioselim

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MELBOURNE SYNTH FESTIVAL INTERVIEW: SADIVA

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Melbourne Synth Show News    //    Post Date - October 31, 2018

Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips chats to #MSF2018 artist Sadiva.

She’s only a few years into her career, having started producing in 2015 but since then, Sadiva has emerged as one of Melbourne’s integral players in the sampling/beats scene. She’s toured North America, Japan & recently played the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. Sadiva has already released two albums, the latest, the feel good vibes of ‘Minutes’ and made Bandcamp’s ‘Best Beat Tapes of May’ list.

https://soundcloud.com/sadiva

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MSF2018: MELBOURNE ELECTRONIC SOUND STUDIO – BYRON SCULLIN INTERVIEW

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Melbourne Synth Show News    //    Post Date - October 24, 2018

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 Melbourne Electronic Sound 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.

Included in your price of admission to the Melbourne Synth Festival, attendees will be able to check out the amazing electronic music gear and facilities at the Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio, based at the Festival venue in North Melbourne.

Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips spoke to MESS co-founder Byron J Scullin about MESS and its role in the inaugural Melbourne Synth Festival

https://mess.foundation/

Check out some of the amazing vintage synths and state of the art gear below, which you can see at MESS

 

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HONEYSMACK INTERVIEW PT 3 – MELBOURNE SYNTH FESTIVAL & FUTURE PROJECTS

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Melbourne Synth Show News    //    Post Date - October 22, 2018

David Haberfeld aka Honeysmack is an acclaimed electronic dance music artist, producer, composer, performer, DJ, promoter, academic and educator. David’s work as energetic and colourful live electronic act Honeysmack has earned him rare respect on the Australian live rock and dance music circuits. He exhibits a deep understanding of pop, funk, disco, punk, rock and contemporary electronic music styles. He is a multidisciplinary artist with expertise and experiences across media arts. David has also navigated the music industry in various roles from communications, media, print publishing, music journalism, radio, information technologies, music direction and creative consulting.

Honeysmack will appear at the Melbourne Synth Festival opening night concert on Friday Nov 23, 2018 and will also be talking and performing over the weekend Nov 24 &25 at Meat Market North Melbourne
Tickets: https://www.australianmusician.com.au/melbourne-synth-festival/tickets/

Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips caught up with David Haberfeld in his studio for a chat. Here’s part three, the final segment of the interview, in which he discusses his involvement in the Melbourne Synth Festival and future projects.

https://www.davidhaberfeld.com/

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MELB SYNTH FEST: HONEYSMACK INTERVIEW PT 2 – GEAR & MUSIC MAKING

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Melbourne Synth Show News    //    Post Date - October 21, 2018

David Haberfeld aka Honeysmack is an acclaimed electronic dance music artist, producer, composer, performer, DJ, promoter, academic and educator. David’s work as energetic and colourful live electronic act Honeysmack has earned him rare respect on the Australian live rock and dance music circuits. He exhibits a deep understanding of pop, funk, disco, punk, rock and contemporary electronic music styles. He is a multidisciplinary artist with expertise and experiences across media arts. David has also navigated the music industry in various roles from communications, media, print publishing, music journalism, radio, information technologies, music direction and creative consulting.

Honeysmack will appear at the Melbourne Synth Festival opening night concert on Friday Nov 23, 2018 and will also be talking and performing over the weekend Nov 24 &25 at Meat Market North Melbourne
Tickets: https://www.australianmusician.com.au/melbourne-synth-festival/tickets/

Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips caught up with David Haberfeld in his studio for a chat. Here’s part two of the interview, in which he discusses his music making and the gear he uses to create it.

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MELB SYNTH FEST SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS REVEALED

Posted in Blog, Melbourne Synth Show News    //    Post Date - October 20, 2018

Apart from the live performances, Synth and DJ pop-up gear shop and Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio tours, you can also educate yourself at our product demonstrations, performance and recording advice sessions and think tanks. All included in the price of admission. These will occur in two dedicated areas. Session times yet to be confirmed, however here’s a list of sessions which will be presented over the weekend… and there’s more to come!

Melbourne Synth Festival Seminars and Workshops
Saturday November 24 and Sunday November 25 Meat Market, North Melbourne

Saturday November 24

Synthesiser Worship with the Reverend – a guide to synthesis types. Presented by Chris Stellar

The Fundamentals of Signal Flow – And other DAW must dos like compression Presented by Simon Moro

The Emergence of Electronic Music in Melbourne – Presented by Byron Scullin

Performing live electronic dance music with synths and drum machines- Presented by David Haberfeld aka Honeysmack

BUCHLA Synthesiser session – Presented by Sound & Music

Integrating live electronic performance into a hybrid DJ set – Presented by Roland’s Dave Whitehead

Waldorf Qantum Tutorial – Presented by Christopher Stellar

Steinberg Cubase Masterclass – Presented by Yamaha Music

Moog One Session – Presented by Presented by Ehsan Gelsi

 

Sunday November 25

MESS – The History of Synthesis & the MESS Philosophy – Presented by Byron Scullin

An Introduction to Wavetable Synthesis – a first look at the wonders of wavetables.

An Introduction to modular synthesis.

Yamaha Synthesiser Session – Presented by Yamaha Music

Integrating hardware and software (featuring Roland TR-8S and Ableton) – Presented by Davey Norris aka Dizz 1

DAWless Composition masterclass-Presented by Ehsan Gelsi

Waldorf Qantum Session

Melbourne Synth Festival Ticket info: https://www.australianmusician.com.au/melbourne-synth-festival/tickets/

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MELB SYNTH FEST: HONEYSMACK INTERVIEW PT 1- THE EARLY DAYS

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Melbourne Synth Show News    //    Post Date - October 18, 2018

David Haberfeld aka Honeysmack is an acclaimed electronic dance music artist, producer, composer, performer, DJ, promoter, academic and educator. David’s work as energetic and colourful live electronic act Honeysmack has earned him rare respect on the Australian live rock and dance music circuits. He exhibits a deep understanding of pop, funk, disco, punk, rock and contemporary electronic music styles. He is a multidisciplinary artist with expertise and experiences across media arts. David has also navigated the music industry in various roles from communications, media, print publishing, music journalism, radio, information technologies, music direction and creative consulting.

Honeysmack will appear at the Melbourne Synth Festival opening night concert on Friday Nov 23, 2018 and will also be talking and performing over the weekend Nov 24 &25 at Meat Market North Melbourne
Tickets: https://www.australianmusician.com.au/melbourne-synth-festival/tickets/

Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips caught up with David Haberfeld in his studio for a chat. Here’s part one of the interview, in which he discusses his early days in music.

https://www.honeysmack.info/

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