Moogfest Unlocks Secrets Of The Moog Brain Trust, Schedule Announced

Moogfest organizers have announced a wide range of panel discussions and workshops scheduled for the 2010 event, being held  Oct 29-31 in Asheville, NC.

The Red Bull Music Academy has teamed up with AC Entertainment, Moog Music and The Bob Moog Foundation to bring together some of the top minds in the history, technology and education of Moog. Experts, ranging from Bob’s colleagues in the seminal days of synthesis to the more contemporary sound sculptors of today, are coming from around the country to share their ideas and experiences.

The Bob Moog Foundation will be responsible for the historical content at MoogFest, including items from Bob Moog’s archives such as rarely seen vintage photographs and historic audio clips from recently restored reel-to-reel tapes.

All panels, demonstrations, and workshops will take place between Noon and 6:30 PM EST at the Moogaplex, located at the Haywood Park complex. They are first come, first served for those who bought either weekend passes or have a pass for that particular day. The dates, and times will be announced in the coming weeks.

The schedule of events sounds very interesting, ranging from the history of the Minimoog to a sound design performance on the Abominatron.
Details below. 

MoogFest 2010 Red Bull Music Academy Moog Workshops, Demonstrations & Panels:

SYNTH HISTORY PANEL – THE BIRTH OF THE MINIMOOG

Featuring:

  • Herb Deutsch (co-collaborator on first Modular in 1963)
  • Dave Van Koevering (first salesman for Minimoog and VP of Marketing at Moog Music in the 70s)
  • Tom Rhea (Former clinician, design consultant, and director of marketing at Moog Music; wrote Minimoog manual)
  • Brain Kehew (Bob Moog Foundation Historian and keyboardist (Moog Cookbook)

TARA BUSCH – ARTIST PERFORMANCE & DISCUSSION ABOUT REMIXING WITH MOOGERFOOGERS

Tara is a synth siren well known as a prominent analog synth-blogger for AnalogSuicide.com. Her performances are ethereal explorations of analog sound.

TECH. PANEL – ADVANCED APPLICATION & SYNTHESIS

Featuring Cyril Lance, Head Engineer at Moog Music, and other Moog engineers.

SYNTH HISTORY PANEL – EXPLORATION OF THE BOB MOOG ARCHIVES

Featuring:

  • Brian Kehew (Bob Moog Foundation Historian, Keyboardist)
  • Michelle Moog-Koussa (Executive Director, Bob Moog Foundation)
  • Seva David Ball (Archive Preservationist, currently restoring Bob Moog’s reel-to-reel tapes with a grant from the Grammy Foundation)

TECH. PANEL – MODERN DAY SOUNDSCULPTING

Featuring:

  • Richard Devine (acclaimed sound designer)
  • Morgan Page (progressive house and electro DJ)
  • Tara Busch (prominent analog synth-blogger and synth-performer)

RICHARD DEVINE – ABOMINATRON PERFORMANCE

Richard is one of the world’s most acclaimed, young sound designers. His clients include top names in film and advertising. Richard will be performing on Moog Music’s exclusive Abominatron synthesizer.

SYNTH HISTORY PANEL – EXAMINING THE LEGACY OF MINI SYNTHS

Featuring:

  • Craig Anderton (Founder EM Magazine, signal processing guru, editor EQ Magazine)
  • Geary Yelton (Associate Editor of Electronic Musician, freelance journalist)
  • Steven Fortner (Editor, Keyboard Magazine)

Moderated By: Brian Kehew

THEREMIN PERFORMANCE & LESSON WITH DORIT CHRYSLER

Dorit is an accomplished musician and composer best known for her ethereal Theremin style. After Dorit’s performance, Moog Music will distribute 20 Theremins to the audience and participants will receive an interactive lesson from Dorit.

TECH. PANEL – THE POWER OF MODULAR SYNTHESIS

Featuring:

  • Erik Norlander (Synth rock legend, Moog aficionado, accomplish synth designer)
  • Amos Gaynes (Moog Music engineer)
  • The Wall of Doom (Erik’s massive custom Moog Modular synthesizer)

MOOG GUITAR SOUND SCULPTING WITH SAUL ZONANA

Saul is a killer guitarist who has worked with Adrian Belew, Ace Frehley, Crash Test Dummies. He will integrate the Moog Guitar, Moogerfoogers, Multi-Pedal, and Little Phatty into an exploration of the guitars amazing capabilities.

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