Moogfest, the five-day festival dedicated to the synthesis of technology, art, science and music, which Mashable calls “No Ordinary Festival“, is six weeks away and today announces the daily schedule plus single day passes. Since its inception in 2004, Moogfest has been a magnet for artists, engineers, and enthusiasts of Dr. Robert Moog and his legacy to meet, share, create and collaborate. With an experimental lineup of daytime conference programming featuring cultural, artistic and technological luminaries and punctuated by a line up of diverse landmark nightly performances, Moogfest honors the creativity and inventiveness of Bob Moog and pays tribute to the legacy of the analog synthesizer.
By Night – Five evenings of landmark musical performances by new trailblazers, early pioneers of electronic music, and major headliners in over ten venues across the city, featuring landmark performances by electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk 3D; iconic electro-pop duo Pet Shop Boys; self-declared “anti popstar” M.I.A.; super producer Nile Rodgers with his band CHIC; plus a rare performance by UK’s Darkstar; Animal Collective’s Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks featuring former members of Dirty Projectors and Ponytail; German heavyweight trio Moderat; Mad Decent’s Dillon Francis and Riff Raff; Zed’s Dead; El-P; and Factory Floor; plus over 70 more artists spanning the 5 day festival.
By Day – Five days of mind-expanding conversation, experimentation, and collaboration for creative and technology professionals across seven venues in downtown Asheville. The conference is guided by the world’s preeminent thought leaders and pioneers of music and technology, including Simpsons and Futurama’s David X. Cohen; the ArchAndroid herself, Janelle Monae; improvised performances by Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Nick Zinner, Bradford Cox, and Dan Deacon; and Google’s brightest minds exploring the future of audio; plus conversations with interdisciplinary research laboratory MIT Media Labs; MAKE Magazine’s Mark Fraunfelder; OMNI Reboot, a magazine at the intersection of science, technology, art, culture, design, and metaphysics; videogame arts and culture publication Kill Screen; and more presenting one of a kind programming exclusive to Moogfest.
Moogfest’s free Modular Marketplace is an electronic pop-up shop showcasing the latest and greatest from a lineup of innovative instrument makers. Boutique electronics, experimental effects and modern modular synthesizers will create an interactive exhibition in which the public can engage with new musical devices and their designers.
The Modular Marketplace will host daily demonstrations, workshops and sound experiments from the engineers that are shaping the sounds of tomorrow, as well as a free week-long clinic on electronic music production. Programming includes presentations by The Pioneers of Electronic Music Instruments: Roger Linn, Tom Oberheim, Don Buchla, David Borden, and Dave Smith.
Moogfest will take place at over 10 venues located in the heart of Asheville, including Thomas Wolfe, US Cellular Center Basement, The Orange Peel, Asheville Community Theatre, The Mill Room, Diana Wortham Theatre, Fine Arts Theater, Masonic Temple, Asheville Music Hall, Asheville Art Museum, New Earth, Broadway Outdoor, Emerald Lounge, and The Moog Store.
Newly added to the lineup – UR Presents: Timeline, Teengirl Fantasy, Just Blaze, Egyptian Lover, High Klassified, Salva, C Powers, Higher Learning, and Craig Leon performing Nommos live with a string quartet provided by The Asheville Symphony.
Saturday April 26th
MUSIC THROUGH DESIGN + TECH
The Tryptich screening
OMNI’S ART FOR EXTRATERRESTRIALS
PIONEERS OR ELECTRONIC MUSIC INSTRUMENTS
Dave Smith & Roger Linn
ODD HARMONICS // UM PROJECT
Dorit Chrysler performance
I DREAM OF WIRES
Screening with Jason Amm & Robert Fantinatto
Drive and Solaris screening with Cliff Martinez
GRAY AREA ART & TECHNOLOGY
Sunday April 27th
FUTURAMA AND THE SIMPSONS
David X. Cohen
ODD HARMONICS // UM PROJECT
I DREAM OF WIRES
GRAY AREA ART & TECHNOLOGY workshop
Wednesday April 23rd
Pet Shop Boys
No Regular Play
Thursday April 24th
Bernie Worrell Orchestra
Com Truise (DJ)
Tin Foil Hat
Awesome Tapes From Africa
Friday April 25th
Gent & Jawns
The Gas Lamp Killer
Clark – Phosphor Live
Reference – live
Razor & Blade
In Plain Sight
Kri & Sensoma
UR Presents: Timeline
Saturday April 26th
CHIC feat. Nile Rodgers
\Machinedrum Vapor Space Live
The Crystal Ark
Museum of Love
Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks
Craig Leon – Nommos Live
The Volt Per Octaves
Heads on Sticks
Sunday April 27th
FOOLS GOLD SHOWCASE
*Saturday Individual Day Tickets also grant access to all Sunday programming.
More information on tickets, VIP packages and payment plans available at www.moogfest.com/tickets
Five days of mind-expanding conversation, experimentation, and collaboration for creative and technology professionals across seven venues in downtown Asheville. The conference is guided by pioneers of music and technology, and co-curated by some of the most important thinkers of today.
- 5 days, 8 venues, over 60 talks, panels, discussion, presentations, and film screenings with futurist thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, artists, and musicians. First announcement here.
- New Media art installations and interactive technology experiences and exhibitions
- Film screenings
- Experimental performances
- Workshops and other interactive educational forums
- Open-source hardware hackathon
- Day programming Hours: Wednesday 3pm-7pm, Thursday – Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 11am – 3pm.
Five evenings of landmark musical performances by new trailblazers, early pioneers of electronic music, and major headliners.
- 5 nights, 10 venues, over 100 artists including concerts, experimental performances, and new music showcases.
- Night programming hours: Wednesday – Saturday 7pm – 2am, Sunday 12pm – 6pm.
Moogfest VIP Package – $499*
Includes all benefits of the GA ticket PLUS:
- VIP’s Get in First EVERYWHERE
- Priority Festival Check In
- VIP Entrance at Each Venue
- VIP lounge at US Cellular Center with Private Bar and WiFi
- Reserved Seating and Areas for VIPs
- Moogfest 2014 Program
- Moogfest T-Shirt
- Moogfest Gift Bag
- Exclusive Invitations to VIP Only Events
- Plus Much More To Be Announced…
- *Plus Applicable fees
Moogfest is also offering a limited run of unique VIP experiences for the true synth aficionado at www.moogfest.com/tickets
Moogfest also hosts free events open to the public:
- 4 day street festival, including new media art installations and live music
- 2 day North Carolina Tech Expo & Interactive Job Fair
5 day new electronic instrument pop-up shop
Interested in learning more, read other press releases to date:
- Nile Rodgers, Janelle Monae Join Moogfest By Day + Q Tip, Zed’s Dead By Night + Program Descriptions
- Pet Shop Boys, M.I.A., Flying Lotus, and Dillon Francis Join Moogfest 2014 Music Headliners Kraftwerk 3-D and CHIC Featuring Nile Rodgers
- Kraftwerk Leads Landmark Lineup for Moogest 2014
- Inaugural Five Day Expansion Announcement
- Call To Artists PR
- Circuit Bending Challenge
- Daytime Presenters Including Futurists, Musicians, Scientists, Authors, Filmmakers, and Pioneers of Electronic Music Instrument Design
- Music Showcase Curators
Since 2004, Moogfest has been a gathering for the musicians that worked closely with Bob and his instruments. In 2014, Moogfest is amplifying its vision and becoming a 5-Day event dedicated to the synthesis of technology, art and music. Moogfest honors the inventiveness of Bob Moog and the legacy of the analog synth with an experimental line up of daytime conference programming and landmark nightly performances. Moogfest takes place April 23-27th, 2014 in downtown Asheville, NC.
About Moog Music:
Moog Music is the leading producer of analog synthesizers in the world. The company and its customers carry on the legacy of its founder, electronic musical instrument pioneer, Dr. Bob Moog. The company hosts Moogfest, a five-day festival celebrating the intersection of music and technology in honor of Moog’s innovative spirit. All of Moog’s instruments are hand built in its factory on the edge of downtown Asheville, NC.
“Moogfest organizers echo the extra-education sentiment, as they’ve strived to build a lineup of sessions, workshops and film screenings that will thrill just as much as the musicians.”
“Named after the famous synth pioneer, technology and creation is very much a focus at Moogfest, with a daytime program of wokshops and other activities that make it worth the trip for any gear nerd.”
“Moogfest has added some eclectic firepower to its already impressive lineup.”
“One of the year’s most eclectic and unusual music festivals.”
“At Moogfest what once seemed primitive is now claiming the future.”
The New York Times
“The unusual music festival takes up the experimental spirit of electronic music innovator Bob Moog and pushes it into even more far-reaching nooks and crannies of the ever-expanding genre.”