Moogfest is a celebration that honors the creativity and inventiveness of Moog Music founder Dr. Robert Moog, and pays tribute to the legacy of the analog synthesizer.
For over 50 years, Bob Moog and his company Moog Music have pioneered technology that has advanced popular music and culture, and ushered in a new era of artistic expression through sound and experimentation. It was in this very spirit that Moogfest was born. Now featuring an experimental lineup of daytime conference programming, curated by a soon-to-be-announced lineup of cultural, artistic and technological luminaries, and punctuated by nightly landmark music performances, Moogfest is a five-day event dedicated to the convergence of technology, art and music.
Since its inception in 2004, Moogfest has been a magnet for artists, engineers, and enthusiasts of Bob Moog and his legacy to meet, share, create and collaborate. When Moog brought the festival home to Asheville in 2008 it adopted a three-day multi-stage format to include contemporary bands and producers that exemplify the innovative spirit of Moog and electronic music. This year, Moogfest is further expanding its program to include a five-day innovation conference featuring leading futurist thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, artists, and musicians from various fields that will expand the mind as well as entertain.
“We have evolved our thinking to create an event that truly celebrates the pioneering spirit of Bob Moog; uniting art, music, and innovative technology to explore the dimensions of creative expression. This is the heart of what makes Moog Music special and our fans around the world.” – Moog Music President, Mike Adams
WHAT IS MOOGFEST?
Moogfest is a five-day music festival and conference dedicated to exploring technology, art and music, honoring the creativity and inventiveness of Bob Moog and paying tribute to the legacy of the analog synthesizer through a platform of events both day and night.
Moogfest welcomes futurist thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, artists, scientists, musicians and Moog devotees to participate in a conversation that celebrates new technology and creative expression.
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 of New Media art installations and interactive technology experiences/exhibitions
- 5 days of talks, presentations, and film screenings with futurist thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, artists, and musicians
- Synth building workshops and other interactive education
- An open source hardware hackathon
Five evenings of landmark musical performances by new trailblazers, early pioneers of electronic music, and major headliners in over ten venues across the city, including arena concerts, experimental performances, and new music showcases. Past Moogfest performers include Brian Eno, James Murphy, Richie Hawtin, Terry Riley, Massive Attack, M83, The Flaming Lips, MGMT, Suicide, TV On The Radio, Grimes, Sleigh Bells, Hot Chip, St. Vincent, Amon Tobin, Tangerine Dream, Keith Emerson, Orbital, Squarepusher, Flying Lotus and more.
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
EMERGING TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
Moogfest is partnering with the North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) to produce a first of its kind Tech Expo and interactive Job Fair. This unique event will host innovative tech companies with a presence or headquarters in the state of NC. On April 26 and 27, attendees will have the opportunity to meet and experience the companies that are creating the tools and technology of tomorrow. Attendees will have the ability to network with these companies and discover employment opportunities. Companies will have the opportunity to meet like-minded businesses and forge new bonds, while exhibiting the technology that has made Asheville an innovation incubator.
TICKETS / FURTHER INFO
The event will attract 50,000 people (10,000 per day) from a cross-section of creative professionals, hackers, influencers and trendsetters, circuit benders, designers, programmers, audio engineers, new media artists, coders, and bedroom producers, seeking to be inspired in their work.
Tickets go on sale to the public on November 14, 2013. Moog Music thanks its loyal supporters by offering a limited run of $99 tickets to each of these three groups: Asheville locals, registered Moog instrument owners, and those that have signed up on the Moogfest mailing list.
Stay connected to Moogfest through www.moogfest.com or the Moogfest Facebook page and watch for future announcements regarding Moogfest’s programming, such as: Circuit Bending Challenge, Artist Installations, Hackathon, Workshops, Conference Curators, Music Showcase Curators and Official Lineup.
Over the last fifty years, Dr. Robert Moog and his company Moog Music have pioneered and developed tools that give artists the ability to create and express themselves in new and limitless ways. Moog Music synthesizers and all Moog electronic musical instruments are designed and lovingly hand built in the Moog factory in downtown Asheville, NC. Moog Music and its customers carry on the legacy of Bob Moog. Learn more at: www.moogmusic.com
With over 600 member companies, the North Carolina Technology Association is a state-wide, non-profit trade organization that actively connects technology focused businesses. NCTA helps North Carolina technology companies grow regionally and compete globally by actively connecting business decision makers, educating government officials on issues relevant to the technology industry, and providing valuable educational events. Learn more at www.nctechnology.org
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, Asheville is a charming yet surprisingly cosmopolitan city. Asheville’s rich architectural legacy is the perfect retro-urban backdrop to the forward thinking environment created by the local population. Known as an artist colony, a healing resort and a home to notable luminaries, statesmen and bohemians, Asheville is one of the most
welcoming and vibrant cities in the United States of America.
Asheville, NC is convenient to four neighboring states: Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia, and is an afternoon’s drive from Atlanta, Charlotte, Knoxville and Raleigh.
Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) offers nine non-stops and easy connections through major US hubs.
NPR: “One of the year’s most eclectic and unusual music festivals.”
The New York Times: “At Moogfest what once seemed primitive is now claiming the future.”
Huffington Post: “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.”
DJ Times: “Celebrating electronic-music instruments, the wide range of sounds made with them, and the legacy of Robert Moog, Moogfest once again distinguished itself as one of America’s most vital music gatherings”
Mountain Xpress Asheville: “When it comes to booking acts, Moogfest’s only stipulation is that artists are pushing boundaries in their respective genres.”
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