State-of-the-art Brian Brown Recording Studio launched at the VCA and MCM

April 15 / 155

Music students with Dr Ros McMillan and Martin Foley MP.  Photo: Peter Casamento.
Music students with Dr Ros McMillan and Martin Foley MP. Photo: Peter Casamento.

The Brian Brown Recording Studio at the Southbank campus was launched by the Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley MP last week.

Funded by Creative Victoria, the upgraded facility allows 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 35 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 21st 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,  said the Faculty of VCA and MCM has a long history of providing the highest level of teaching and facilities to emerging artists.

“For well over 40 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.



Story by Louise Bennet with Alix Bromley


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