[FEST NEWS] Moogfest’s Synthesization of Love, Music, Art, and Technology
Moogfest‘s Mission is Simple.
GROW A GLOBAL COMMUNITY OF FUTURISTS WHO EXPLORE EMERGING SOUND TECHNOLOGIES AND DESIGN RADICAL INSTRUMENTS FOR CHANGE
Not only is the festival a paradise for lovers of music, art, and technology alike, but Moogfest’s synthesizing love like nobody’s business.
Synthesize Love was a recently launched festival wide initiative:
AS ARTISTS AND FUTURIST THINKERS, WE OPPOSE HB2 AND SUPPORT JUSTICE AND EQUALITY FOR EVERYONE
Moogfest is always and already engaged in a conversation about identity, self-expression, gender and politics. This is essential to our promise of “future thought” and “future sound. We further commit to addressing this issue head-on, with focus and determination.
WE WILL USE THE PODIUM, THE STAGE, AND THE DANCEFLOOR TO MANIFEST A WORLD OF INCLUSIVITY AND COMPASSION.
We will surface these ideas because they are essential ingredients for creativity, innovation and discovery.”
Through the use of multiple mediums (performance, conversations, workshops, a modular marketplace, and film) the festival pays tribute to the great Dr.Robert Moog, father and pioneer of electronic music as we know and love it.
In honoring his indelible contributions to the world of electronic music, the festival brings together the most forward thinking futurists, inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, scientists, and musicians.
In what began as a mere one-night party in New York City in 2004 honoring Moog, the festival grew into an immense celebratory party for the synth community. Six years later the festival had adopted its first multi-venue format in Asheville, North Carolina and included a bill of artists influenced by the analog synthesizer himself.
As EDM’s popularity in the U.S. grew, so did Moogfest.
In 2014 the festival began to embrace eclectic nighttime performances introduced a technology conference, bridging the gap between music engineer and artist.
Moogfest’s more recent move from Asheville to Durham, North Carolina was an appropriate one, as the city of Durham boasts over $1 billion in tech exits, has over 200 startup businesses, and is one of the most thriving entrepreneurial ecosystems in the U.S to this day.
Moogfest’s epic lineup announcement today March 7th is split into two categories: Future Sound and Future Thought.
The musical bill brings forward an innovative musical force to be reckoned with including:
*Confirmed to lead a tribute to French ambient pioneer Jean Jacques Perrey, who passed away last year.
S U R V I V E
*Confirmed to perform their original score from “The Stranger Things” Netflix hit.
AND MANY MORE
portion of the bill will bring forth a wide array of speakers from the tech and higher education world, shining light on a multitude of areas over the course of the festival. Every year the festival sets out to tackle themes, below are just a few of this year’s:
In a lineup led by some serious innovators, Flying Lotus, Animal Collective, Gotye, Suzanne Ciani, Derrick May, 808 State, Jessy Lanza, Simian Mobile Disco, Moor Mother, Syrinx, Visible Cloaks, Princess Nokia, and Function, it’s certain that some serious synthesized magic will be going down.
Tickets for Moogfest are currently on sale here with a wide range of options and travel packages. Check out the full lineup below and learn more about the presentations, conversations, workshops, masterclasses, and live film scores set to take place here.