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An electronic music playground is coming to Warrnambool this month. A huge selection of synths from the Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio (MESS) will be set up at One Day Studios at the iconic Fletcher Jones Factory site for a residency from April 23 to May 1, 2022. Dubbed South West MESS, the program features workshops, lectures and lectures, an open studio session and live performances. MESS co-founder Byron Scullin said the program aims to encourage electronic sound and music creation in all its forms. READ MORE: Increased funding for a week-long electronic sound masterclass in Warrnambool “It’s a truly amazing opportunity for us here at MESS to be able to bring this kind of playable mini-museum collection of musical instruments to Warrnambool,” he said. “There’s not as many opportunities in the city to get familiar with this stuff or for people to have the experience of being able to use some of this equipment. I think it’s really important to just foster a vibrant culture wherever people find themselves living. We hope we can inspire some people to create their own electronic music or maybe form projects together.” We want to build strong connections between places like the Southwest and Melbourne.” At the heart of South West MESS is a free 10-day program for music and creative audio students based in the region. Hosted by Warrnambool artist Gus Franklin and Melbourne’s Janita Foley, 20 young people from 16 to 25-year-olds from across the district will participate in the skills-building program with a focus on creativity, collaboration and careers Scullin hopes will open up the world of music. electronic ique to young people in the region. “I don’t know why we don’t have more electronic music in high schools, it seems like a real missed opportunity,” he said. “Sometimes the way music is taught in school curricula is like, here’s the story of western European classical music, and you just have to accept that it’s okay whether you’re into it or not. “I think A more engaging high school music curriculum should actually start with the music of today. “We really think that engaging in electronic music is actually a really good way to build general enthusiasm for all of music culture.” Much of the extensive collection of instruments is due to Wouter ‘Wally’ De Backer of Gotye. On the back of the hit song “Somebody That I Used To Know,” the artist, composer, and singer-songwriter has purchased an extensive collection of electronic instruments. He would later give them to MESS for use. “He’s just a total legend, nice guy and the MESS wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him,” Scullin said. “I and my MESS co-founder, Robin Fox, both happen to be friends with Wally and I worked for a long time with his producer – a guy named Franc Tetaz – who is also from the south- Where is.” After all the success of the single, he was buying up all those dream machines he suddenly had the means to afford. “We pitched this idea to him and said, we’re thinking of opening this independent venue in Melbourne where we want to give people access to all these instruments. “He’s an incredibly generous person, so he saw right away the benefit it would have for the music community here in Victoria. “So, actually, he helped us start the MESS.” South West MESS is a project developed by South West Local Learning & Employment Network, One Day Studios and MESS, supported by Regional Arts Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts. The intensive student program will end with a live performance session where people can come and hear what young local artists have created with the MESS collection. There will also be lectures, lectures, studio sessions and live performances open to the general public. Learn more and register your interest here. RELATED: Our reporters work hard to bring local, up-to-date information to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content: