MESS are bringing out their massive synth collection for Live at the Bowl
12.02.2021

MESS are bringing out their massive synth collection for Live at the Bowl

Words by Will Brewster

In addition to the massive 40 synth orchestra, MESS at the Bowl will play host to performances from Simona Castricum, R. Rebeiro and more.

After seeing performances from the likes of Ocean Alley, Carl Cox, Mo’Ju and Mildlife over the past month, Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl has now announced a very special world premiere performance courtesy of the MESS Synthesiser Orchestra this March.

What you need to know

  • MESS at the Bowl is happening on Saturday March 27 at Sidney Myer Music Bowl
  • It’s happening as part of Arts Centre Melbourne’s Live at the Bowl series
  • Tickets are on sale now

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Comprised of a vast array of vintage hardware from the Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio‘s immense collection of synths and drum machines, the MESS Synthesiser Orchestra’s performance will act as one of the largest gatherings of electronic musical instruments ever onstage when it goes down on Saturday March 27.

The show will feature a mind-blowing performance of Magnitudes, a composition for 40 synths and 16 performers that ‘moves through tonal, textural, melodic, harmonic, abstract and absurd themes to reveal itself across multiple movements’.

In addition to the massive 40 synth orchestra, MESS at the Bowl will play host to performances from Simona Castricum, R. Rebeiro, Naretha Williams, OK EG and Artificial – a part of legendary ’90s rave duo B(if)tek – with live visuals provided by Carla Zimbler.

‘The inauguration of the MESS Synthesiser Orchestra signals the beginning of a series of mass activations of the MESS collection at an extraordinary scale,’ MESS co-founder Robin Fox said in a statement.

‘There will be an incredible array of electronic instruments from right across the history of electronic music on stage – some for the first time in many decades.

‘This is a unique and rare opportunity for audiences; we want to show them that electronic music is not just one thing. It is in fact a multiplicity of techniques, approaches and sensibilities which have revolutionised the way in which we listen to and understand sound and music.’

Tickets to MESS at the Bowl are on sale now.