Moogfest 2014 – An International Event On An Intimate Stage

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Moogfest 2014, held in Asheville, NC April 23-27, was an ambitious, audacious and ultimately successful electronic music festival that transformed Moogfest into an international event that may be the yardstick by which other events are measured in years to come.

Moogfest began its life in 2004 as one-evening event, based in New York. The initial subsequent Moogfests were basically ‘dream concerts’ that featured a who’s who of Moog players.

In 2010, Moogfest moved to Asheville, North Carolina, the home of Moog Music. Moog partnered with event producers AC Entertainment, and Moogfest scaled up to a three-day festival. In 2012, Moog & AC Entertainment went their separate ways, with AC organizing the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit in fall 2013 and Moog Music planning an even more ambitious 2014 Moogfest.

Moogfest_Future_of_Music_Robert_PlumaOrganizers billed this year’s Moogfest as “The Synthesis Of Technology, Art & Music”, which highlights their intention of transforming the event into more than an electronic music festival. It also emphasizes the concept of ‘synthesis’ being more than creating new sounds, but combining all types of things – music, visuals, technology and ideas – to create something new.

The Moogfest 2014 schedule included 5 days of densely packed night and day programming. Synthtopia was on location in Asheville for the event, and we’ll be following up with videos, interviews and more. In the meantime, here’s our take on this year’s Moogfest: Continue reading

Moogfest 2014 Kicks Off Wednesday

moogfest-2014Moogfest 2014, a five-day festival ‘dedicated to the synthesis of technology, art, science and music’, kicks off this Wed, April 23rd, in Asheville, NC.

The electronic music festival will feature a full schedule of daytime programs, evening concerts and more. Featured performers and panelists are a who’s who of electronic music, including: Kraftwerk, Giorgio Moroder, Keith Emerson, Nile Rodgers, Mark Farina, Sasha, Janelle Monae, Dorit Chrysler, Forest M. Mims, David Borden, Tom Oberheim, Joseph Paradiso, Daedulus, Roger Linn, Dave Smith, Don Buchla and many more.  Continue reading

Moogfest 2014 Lineup To Feature Kraftwerk In 3D, Moroder, Laurie Anderson, Sasha, Chic & More To Come

moogfest-kraftwerkMoogfest organizers have announced the first set of musicians that will be performing at the 2014 electronic music festival, being held April 23-27 in Asheville, North Carolina.

Kraftwerk will perform three 3D sets, Laurie Anderson will perform The Language of the Future, there will be sets from Giorgio Moroder & Sasha, and Chic with Nile Rodgers will be on hand for a funky dance party.

Here are the artists confirmed for Moogfest 2014. Organizers say that 70+ artists are still to be announced: Continue reading

Moogfest 2014 Music Showcase Curators To Include WARP Records, Fool’s Gold, Ghostly Intl., No. 19 + Crew Love, AFROPUNK & More

Moogfest_2014_LogoMoogfest organizers have announced plans to have music showcases at the 2014 event, being held April 25-27, curated by WARP Records, Fool’s Gold, Ghostly Intl., No. 19 + Crew Love, AFROPUNK & others.

“These companies nurture brilliant artists,” notes Emmy Parker, Brand Director, Moog Music Inc. & Moogfest. “We’re crafting an event that celebrates the innovative spirit of Bob Moog: different modes of thinking, new ideas and technology, and intensely diverse music. These are the right group of creative curators to make that happen on the music side.”

Music showcases will be part of the nighttime programming that will feature diverse musical performances by new trailblazers, early pioneers of electronic music, and major headliners in over ten venues across the city of Asheville, NC. Headliners will be announced later this month.

Here are the details on the music showcase curators: Continue reading

Moogfest Coming April 23-27, 2014

moogfest-2014Organizers have announced dates and plans for Moogfest 2014 – an electronic music event inspired by the work of Dr. Robert Moog.

Moogfest 2014 will be held April 23-27 in Asheville, NC. The festival has been rebooted in the last year and will be an expanded 5-day event, with an ‘experimental lineup of daytime conference programming’ and nightly music performances.

“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,” says Moog Music President, Mike Adams.

Here’s what organizers have to say about the event: Continue reading

Ambient Music Conference Coming To Finland June 2014

ambient-music-conference-finlandThe Ambient Music Conference, sponsored by AMBIcon, will be held June 27th & 28, 2014, in Helsinki, Finland.

The conference is sponsored by AMBIcon, the event series formed by Hearts Of Space creator Stephen Hill.

The Ambient Music Conference 2014 will be ‘a total ambient music immersion’ – a chance to hear great ambient music and a fantastic opportunity to meet and network with fellow enthusiasts.

Here’s what’s organizers have to say about the event: Continue reading

Moogfest 2012 Lineup Additions Announced, Morton Subotnick To Blow Some Minds

Moogfest organizers today announced additions to the artist lineup today:

First up is hip hop icon Nas, performing with his Moog-ed out nine-piece band. Moogfest alums Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never) join us for their debut U.S. collaborative performance. New York’s Buke & Gase (formerly Buke & Gass) will bring their art-rock wild thing while representing Asheville are garage proggers Ahleuchatistas.

Finally, electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick presents “From Silver Apples to a Sky of Cloudless Sulfur,” which will include his piece “Silver Apples of the Moon,” one of most influential electronic music pieces of all time. A hearty welcome to all and get ready to be blown away!

Previously announced artists include: Richie Hawtin, Squarepusher, Orbital, Carl Craig, Thomas Dolby and Mouse on Mars.

Moogfest 2012 will be held Oct 26-27 in Asheville, NC.