Jim O'Rourke: A Masterclass on the Serge Paperface

Jim O'Rourke

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & MESS


A deep dive into one of the most evocative synthesisers.

Join us for an exclusive masterclass with the legendary Jim O’Rourke, a multifaceted artist revered for his groundbreaking work in music and film. With an eclectic career spanning three decades, O’Rourke has produced for iconic artists such as Sonic Youth, Beth Orton, Stereolab, Joanna Newsom, John Fahey, and the Grammy Award-winning album, ‘A Ghost is Born’ by Wilco. He has also been a member of Gastr Del Sol, Fenn O’Berg, Loose Fur, and Sonic Youth, scored films for renowned director Werner Herzog, and served as a musical consultant for the 2003 film, The School of Rock.

In this masterclass, O’Rourke will delve into his lifelong passion for electronic and experimental music. Demonstrated by his extensive catalogue on his Steamroom imprint, O’Rourke’s approach to electronics is both personal and profound. Focusing on the Serge Paperface synthesiser, an instrument that has been central to his sonic exploration for over 30 years, he will display the versatility and uniqueness of the Serge through various patching methods, highlighting its accessibility and the unexpected depth behind its faceplate.

An unmissable event, this is a deep dive into one of the most evocative synthesisers by one of its biggest fans.

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