This year at Laneway Melbourne we bring you Skunk Control'sThe Oscillator; a massive, 60's-style analogue, modular synthesiser installation. Check it out in the Substation on the corner of Maribyrnong and Parker Streets.

The Oscillator is an electronic artefact whose circuit design was born in the 1960s and has been fused together to create device capable of producing sounds which have never been heard on earth before. 

You will be able to immerse yourself into a space of dials and switches connected together to create sounds that only exist in the moment. There is no modern day computer memory to allow for a particular sound to be heard again, it exists purely in the moment thereby taking the audience back to a time when analog synthesis ruled the musical landscape.

"The synthesiser is now a musical household word and is just another instrument used in any form of music. We have decided to focus on that moment when it turned from laboratory equipment (used in universities and company test labs) to musical instrument, which happened late 1960s to early 1970s." (Stuart Balsillie, Skunk Control)

In bringing you this incredible instrument, Laneway celebrates the pioneers of the synthesiser. People like Delia Derbyshire and Daphne Oram and more.

For more information on these instruments, watch the documentaries, "The Delian Mode" and “I Dream of Wires” and visit The Oscillator at St Jerome's Laneway Festival, Melbourne.

Skunk Control is a group of engineers and scientists from the college of Engineering and Science at Victoria University (Melbourne, Australia). The group collective run diverse community outreach programs and community based general science units and are part of the team that run the university's Foundation Studies program. Find out more here.

  • The Oscillator @ St Jerome's Laneway Festival Melbourne
  • Substation, crn Maribyrnong and Parker streets
  • Open from 12 - 8pm with performances at 12:30pm, 4:00pm & 7:40pm