Rex Hardware

Hi, I’m Rex Hardware, Ballarat’s chief Music Archivist, Sound engineer and Events producer in Ballarat Victoria Australia.

My work documenting Ballarat’s music scene has seen me involved in recording over 5000 artists over 30 years.

I have worked teaching and co-ordinating Live Production programs at The School of Mines Ballarat, University of Ballarat and Federation University Australia from 1996 to 2017 and was presented with a 20 year teaching award for motivating successful production teams in education.

The “Live on Lydiard” Concert Series at the University was recognized as Australia’s longest running music webcast and operated from March 2002 to August 2017.  The series produced online video 7 years before Youtube commenced.
In total, the production output from my work has generated over 3 million views on my 7 Youtube Channels of material all recorded here in Ballarat.

I ‘m currently working freelance on lots of projects, as well as creating my own TV studio and business – H-Squared Studios.

Our studio business commenced with a development stage presenting 43 shows featuring over 80 artists out of The Main Bar in Bakery Hill on both an indoor and and outdoor stage. The vast bulk of this was recorded as we developed our production team and equipment.
See our set of archives from the Events:  (YOUTUBE Playlist H Squared Studios 2018-2021)

Our second stage of development will involve the activation of heritage listed building Ballarat Trades Hall for live music and events, also with a focus on providing cost effective live video solutions for Australian music. We also have the ability to offer live broadcasting and recording in outside locations on request.

Get in contact if you want to book a show at Trades Hall or discuss recording live…
0408 997162


Here's a really cool playlist of recordings produced in the last few years BALLARAT MUSIC PLAYLIST on YouTube. Be sure to subscribe and drop a like to be updated when more videos become available.

Contact Details

Postal address: Office 9 - Ballarat Trades Hall 24 Camp St Ballarat VIC 3350
Phone number: 0408997162
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