State-of-the-art recording studio launched at the Melbourne VCA and MCM

On March 27, the new Brian Brown Recording Studio was launched by the Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley MP at the University of Melbourne’s Southbank campus—home to the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (VCA and MCM).

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Elizabeth Murdoch building at the Melbourne VCA

Funded by Creative Victoria, the upgraded facility will allow for large-scale live recordings incorporating high-end technology and a range of new teaching, research and community engagement activities.

With low-latency HD video monitoring, the facility will also allow musicians in a variety of spaces to record and communicate with adjacent teaching spaces and internationally via audio and video link.

Director of the VCA and MCM, Professor Su Baker, said the studio was named in honour of the eminent Australian jazz musician Brian Brown OAM (1933–2013), who established the jazz and improvisation course at the VCA in 1980.

“The studio was originally developed by Brian Brown some thirty-fve years ago and regarded as one of the foremost state-of-the-art recording studios and centres for electro-acoustic composition in Australia,” said Professor Baker.

“As a result of the upgrade, the studio now offers all the functions required by emerging musicians in the twenty-first century, continuing the legacy of the visionary Australian artist,” she said.

There are also plans to set up full synthesiser integration to allow digital input into the analogue synthesiser collection—including the “Rare ‘Doctor Who’ synthesiser,” Synthi 100—meaning new production technologies can be used in conjunction with old.

Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley MP, who officially launched the studio today said the Melbourne Faculty of VCA and MCM has a long history of providing the highest level of teaching and facilities to emerging artists.

“For well over forty years, the VCA and MCM has fed and nurtured our creative sector—attracting, training and retaining outstanding talent for Victoria,” Minister Foley said.

“World-class training needs world class facilities, and this studio will help to foster the next generation of musical talent and create projects that will be shared with the wider community for many years to come,” he said.



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