The MESS (for Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio) just opened its doors in a second Australian city. It was born out of the initiative of the experimental producer Robin Fox and the sound designer Byron Scullin.
The latter told the Australian webzine Broadsheet: “Our aim is to be a museum where you can touch and play (…). It’s like a gym. Stop by and test the synths available. This stuff is like a vintage car: if you don’t drive it at least once, it loses all of its interest. That’s why the musicians who borrowed us their instruments were highly interested in this sort of project. They have so many machines and they can’t use them all in the same studio. At least here they will be used, it also means that others might compose music with them.”
Damn right, because MESS is also a workshop where visitors can subscribe for $220 per year (about 150€). This amount is providing the instrument online reservation, the devices are then available for four hours. You can see the impressive online catalog of machines available at the MESS right here. And of course all sorts of synthesizers and keyboards (Rhodes, Vocoder, Hammond organs, a big selection of the Korg and Roland series) are found, but as well some drum machines, compressors or curiosities, such as the theremin (built and assembled by the inventor of this instrument, Léon Theremin), MIDI saxophones and so on …
Last detail of importance: the instrument collection is so huge that it will change every 5 months! For expats which are already on location, the registrations are in place, just click right here.