Synthposium radio coverage

A bunch of radio interviews took place when Synthposium presenters were in town mid-November. Listen back to them discussing their areas of synth research:


Tim Dalton and Paul Borg on Radio National


James Gardner on PBS-FM


Michail Exarchos on 3RRR-FM




MESS performance at Substation in Melbourne Festival

Last week the Synthposium team headed over to the Substation in Newport for fantastic performances by Robin Fox and Byron Scullin using the MESS synth collection and Scottish performer Robbie Thomson using the Tesla coil. The event was included in the Melbourne International Arts Festival – details on the event here.

Some photos from Robin Fox and Byron Scullin’s setup and performance. All synths are available for use at MESS so get yourself a membership!





Clan Analogue

Synthposium organiser Nick Wilson is the Label Manager in his spare time for Clan Analogue,  an Australian underground electronic music and arts collective. Take a look at the Clan Analogue web site HERE


Enjoy the sounds of Clan Analogue’s latest release Analogue Redux: Hardware Explorations.

Recently Clan Analogue presented a weekend of events at Bar 303 in Northcote, Melbourne, as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. You can read reviews of Friday night’s Kill Climate Deniers performance and Saturday night’s Analogue Redux launch.

The 14 Most Important Synths

Here is a great article from FACTS Make Music web site (Twelis, J. 6/9/16) all about the 14 most important synths and the musicians who whose them. There are some really interesting choices here but what do you think? (use the comments below) and we can discuss them at the Synthposium.

The 14 Most Important Synths


Conference Themes


Synthesisers: Meaning Through Sonics

The synthesizer as an instrument has evolved rapidly over the last 50 years, conveying different meanings in musical culture at various times in its history. Post-punk and new wave acts used synths to signify their embrace of futurism and modernity. Earlier psychedelic bands used the synthesizer to sonically represent mind expansion while prog acts signposted their lineage to the classical avant-garde. Techno artists used synths to escape the strictures of acoustic music in parallel with rave culture’s desire for escapism from the mundanity of daily existence. It is now seemingly ubiquitous in modern pop music production.

At Synthposium we wish to explore how sonic meaning(s) is conveyed through synthesizers. We welcome paper and poster presentations that address the following:

  • How has the synthesizer’s cultural role changed in different musical contexts over time?
  • Where does the synthesizer sit amongst modern instrument choice options?
  • Is the synthesizer now another instrument in a broad palette or does it retain a unique qualitative character?
  • Has electronic music come to an end as an autonomous domain of musical practice?

In addition to the above questions, we welcome papers which explore any other issues relating to the use of synthesizers in music production, composition and performance. Let’s step away from nerdy discussion of VST design and look at the bigger circuit board at Synthposium.