Synthposium at SAE Institute
SAE Institute presented its 2nd annual Synthposium on Monday the 14th of November, 2016 from 9.30am until 9pm, at its Melbourne campus, 235 Normanby Rd, South Melbourne. Following 2015’s successful evening event the Synthposium has been expanded for 2016 into an all-day academic conference and evening session of workshops, vintage gear demos and jamming.
The daytime component of the 2016 Synthposium was an academic conference running from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Synthesizer experts convened from Australia, New Zealand, the UK, US and Italy to examine the question of how synthesizers convey ‘meaning through sonics’. Leading synth academics such as Warren Burt, David Haberfeld, James Gardner, Nino Auricchio, Paul Borg, Amedeo D’Adamo, Michail Exarchos, Nevina Satta and Martin Koszolko will be presenting papers examining aspects of this topic. The Synthposium was also honoured to have Robin Fox, Melbourne sound artist and director of the Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio (MESS), and Les Craythorn, tonmeister responsible for the restoration of the Victorian College of the Arts’ EMS Synthi 100, joining the Synthposium to give keynote addresses.
From 4.30pm the Synthposium hosted a series of workshops and demonstrations by leading Melbourne synth practitioners and theoreticians. From 7.30pm to 9pm the Synthposium culminated in a demonstration of vintage gear and an open jam session with hand-on knob-twiddling action. This included the presence of rare 1970s and early 80s synthesizers and other electronic music equipment especially loaned to SAE Institute by collectors and electronic music artists throughout Melbourne for this night only.