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MELBOURNE SYNTH FESTIVAL: THE HIGHLIGHTS

Posted in Blog, Melbourne Synth Show News    //    Post Date - December 5, 2018

The Melbourne Synth Festival (Nov 23-25, 2018 Meat Market, North Melbourne) is dedicated to all things in the world of synthesisers, DJ equipment and electronic music making. The inaugural show presented a wide array of gear, informative workshops and some wonderful performances.

Thanks to the performers, workshop presenters, the exhibitors and folks that came along to check it out. If you came down, let us know what you thought of the festival … what you liked, what you didn’t and whether you’d like to see something like it again.

Here’s our 2018 highlight reel.

Here are some other Melbourne Synth Festival coverage links:
Day 1 report
Day 2 report
The Gear
The Launch Concert

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MELBOURNE SYNTH FESTIVAL 2018: THE LAUNCH CONCERT

Posted in Blog, Melbourne Synth Show News    //    Post Date - November 27, 2018

If you’re going to launch a synth fest, you may as well do it in style and that’s exactly what happened last Friday night in North Melbourne. The inaugural Melbourne Synth Festival kicked off with a fabulous opening night concert at the unique Meat Market creative and performing arts space. Melbourne-based vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and electronic producer Beatrice had the honour of opening the show, presenting the audience with an exhilarating set of her exotic, ambient beats. Beatrice had only landed back in Australia days before, after touring Europe with her other project Haiku Hands and took no time to stride into a groove.

David Haberfeld aka Honeysmack set up his rig in front of the stage, allowing the audience to surround him as he menacingly paced the room, summoning the spirit of his punk influenced acid house rhythms. Using all-analogue, old school gear, the legendary producer, composer, performer, DJ, promoter, academic and educator built a pulse and splashed his rude synth sounds all over it.

The delightful Emah Fox took to the stage next, armed with a teal coloured keytar and delivered a powerful set of melodic yet intense synthesiser pop. Backed by Nat Grant on drums, the pair conjured an explosive blend of rhythms and beats, taking the audience along with them for the ride. As Emah told Australian Musician in our pre-festival interview, she hopes to dedicate 2019 to creating a new recording of her original material. Judging by the strength of her performance tonight, Emah Fox is going to an artist we’ll be hearing a lot more of in the new year.

With a double bank of keyboards, keytars and electronic drum pads, Luke Million was always going to make a lot of noise. If much of the music tonight had been for the mind, then Luke was out to ensure that everyone’s feet got a turn too. Generating loud, brash, 80s style sounds, it wasn’t long before the night turned into a joyous dance party. Million’s Triple J cult classic Arnold set the crowd alight, as he directed the crowd to bob up and down to the command of Schwarzenegger’s voice. Luke Million had came, saw and conquered, leaving the audience to chill down and contemplate a weekend of more performances, gear galore and enticing workshops at the very first Melbourne Synth Festival.

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MELBOURNE SYNTH FESTIVAL 2018: THE GEAR

Posted in Blog, Melbourne Synth Show News    //    Post Date - November 26, 2018

On a rain-soaked weekend outside, attendees inside the Meat Market, North Melbourne enjoyed the amazing array of electronic music gear on show at the inaugural Melbourne Synth Festival. Melbourne’s serious gearheads were able to not only see, try and buy the product on show but also attend some wonderful demo sessions to check out the capabilities of some of the marquee gear.

LA-based 1010 Music showcased their line of Eurorack modules, including our sampler bitbox and our sequencer, toolbox. Electric Factory showed us their full range of Nord keyboards. Denon DJ Prime system (including the new SC5000M motorised media player). Large display of EVE Audio professional reference monitors. Akai Professional’s standalone MPC X and MPC Live and Alesis Vortex Wireless 2 (keytar).

Found Sound had a large number of modules to try from brands such as Make Noise, Mutable Instruments, ALM, Intellijel, 4ms, Doepfer, Industrial Music Electronics and many more. Innovative Music’s stand was very popular with some marquee synths brands including Novation, Moog, Elektron, Teenage Engineering, 1010 Music, Bitwig, Avid, Propellerhead, Access Virus, Studiologic. Retailer KC’s Rockshop offered a selection of interfaces, software and headphones from NI, Arturia, AKG and Steinberg.

Specialist hi-tech distributor Link Audio showed the full line of German made Waldorf synthesizers, starting with the synth everyone wants to play, the amazing new Quantum. We checked out the legendary Blofeld synthesizer keyboard and module and it was amazing, plus they also showed the range of Eurorack modules and the KB37 keyboard to mount them in, as well as the desktop synths Rocket, 2Pole and Streichfett.

The knowledgable Mannys Music staff were on hand to assist attendees with their queries on their range of Korg, Arturia, Universal Audio, and Native Instruments products.

Roland had a large presence, showcasing the complete AIRA range including the System 8 (now with JX-3P Plug-out included), TR-8S and VT-4, the new AX-EDGE Keytar, Roland Boutiques, Roland Analogue Modular and their Workstations with great specials across all products. They also had some amazing deals on V-Moda Crossfade headphones. Attendees were also able to rake a virtual 360 degree tour through the Roland museum.

Sound and Music launched their distribution of Buchla electronic musical instruments and showcased some of the iconic Buchla synth gear including the Music Easel. They also featured IK Multimedia’s UNO Synth true analog synthesizer and it’s editor software along with keyboard controllers from IK Multimedia and Nektar.
Hung To, Audiologist from Alpha Hearing was on hand to promote a greater awareness about hearing loss and hearing protection too.

Store DJ had all the latest cutting edge DJ gear from Pioneer and Native Instruments Traktor. Ableton, Korg, Arturia and more.

Synthstrom, a boutique electronic instrument manufacturer from Wellington, New Zealand were in the room too, showcasing the Deluge, a powerful and portable synthesizer, sequencer and sampler built for music composition and live performance. The Deluge now features a new 2.1 software update

Yamaha Music impressed with the latest new products on display featuring the full range of stage pianos and synthesizers, including the new MODX series. The great range of Steinberg gear was on show too including award-winning, technologically advanced music and media production products for musicians and producers of music and video.

Here are the exhibitor website links:

ELECTRIC FACTORY www.elfa.com.au 

FOUND SOUND foundsound.com.au/ 

INNOVATIVE MUSIC http://www.innovativemusic.com.au/ 

KCS ROCKSHOP www.keyboardcorner.com.au

LINK AUDIO https://linkaudio.com.au/ 

MANNYS www.mannys.com.au 

ROLAND AUSTRALIA https://www.roland.com/au/

SOUND & MUSIC http://sound-music.com/ 

STORE DJ www.storedj.com.au 

SYNTHSTROM synthstrom.com 

YAMAHA MUSIC/STEINBERG https://au.yamaha.com/index.html


 

 

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MELB SYNTH FEST HAS YOUR FOOD & BEVERAGE NEEDS SORTED!

Posted in Blog, Melbourne Synth Show News    //    Post Date - November 22, 2018

 

Come on down to the Melbourne Synth Festival this weekend, Australia’s premier event dedicated to all things in the world of synthesisers, DJ equipment and electronic music making. Not only will see some amazing gear and hear our wonderful line up of artists but you’ll also be able to get your fix of fine food, coffee, beer, wine and spirits.

We’ve hand selected a highly recommended assortment of caterers, including;

Booze bar with beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks by Bottoms Up Bartenders
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/bottomsupmelbourne/

Coffee and bakery treats by Bean To Coffee
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/beantocoffee1/

Lángoš to satisfy your cravings and hunger by Bohemian Kitchen
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/bohemiankitchenau/

See, try and buy the latest in music technology. Learn from the experts at our numerous Workshops and Seminars and experience performances by cutting edge electronic music artists. Nov 23-25 Meat Market. North Melbourne.

Ticket info HERE

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MELB SYNTH FEST INTERVIEW: LUKE MILLION

Posted in Artist Profiles, Artists, Melbourne Synth Show News    //    Post Date - November 22, 2018

This Friday night the Melbourne Synth Festival kicks off with a huge opening night concert featuring a fascinating lineup of artists from the Australian electronic music world including Honeysmack, Beatrice, Emah Fox … and our headliner LUKE MILLION We first witnessed Luke Million’s synth wizardry with his Future Classic releases…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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