Mess at the Bowl

Sat 27th March, 2021
7:00pm – 11:00pm
Sidney Myer Music Bowl
Kings Domain Gardens, Linlithgow Avenue
Price: $35–$210
Homegrown electronic music takes centre stage at this diverse showcase, which ranges from producers and sound artists to a full synth orchestra.

Dive headfirst into Melbourne’s most exploratory electronic music with this lively showcase curated by the Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio (MESS), a local non-profit dedicated to the genre’s purely instrumental potential.

Held as part of Sidney Myer Music Bowl’s Live at the Bowl series, which grants a spot on that prestigious outdoor stage to music’s quirkier and more fringe offerings, Mess at the Bowl is an opportunity to see the work of a vibrant community of composers, producers and tinkerers.

The all-local line-up includes Rohan Rebeiro of My Disco fame; Wiradjuri woman Naretha Williams, who last year released the colossal Blak Mass album using the two-storey Melbourne Town Hall organ; the audiovisual OK EG project from producers Lauren Squire and Matthew Wilson; the MESS Synthesiser Orchestra led by Mat Watson (Other Places, Taipan Tiger Girls); and Artificial, the current guise of Nicole Skeltys from pioneering Canberra duo B(if)tek. Closing out the night will be Simona Castricum, whose work has spanned DJing, radio, academia, solo synth-pop and collaborations with Pillow Pro, m8riarchy and SaD.

Founded by sound artists Robin Fox and Byron Scullin in 2016, MESS is part studio and part museum displaying synthesisers, drum machines and other electronic sound-making devices. It also offers educational and performance streams, with two program seasons each year.

Ticket holders for Mess at the Bowl will also be eligible to book a walk-and-talk tour behind the scenes of the MESS Synthesiser Orchestra with Fox. The tour will involve detailed stories about the rich history of the machines themselves.

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