First International Kraftwerk Conference Scheduled For Jan 2015

kraftwerk-man-maschineThe first ever international academic conference on Kraftwerk will take place at Aston University on Jan 21-22, 2015.

Kraftwerk specialists from Britain, Finland, Austria, the Netherlands and the US, will present papers dealing with the band’s music and the impact it has had on other artists.

Details on the conference are available at the University’s site.

Moogfest 2014 – An International Event On An Intimate Stage


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

Modeselektor – “I’m not into Twerk, I’m into KrafTwerk”

Modeselektor‘s I’m not into Twerk, I’m into KrafTwerk, from the upcoming Bleep:10 compilation – a celebration of 10 years of the Bleep label.

Also featured on the compilation are exclusive tracks from Fuck Buttons, Oneohtrix Point Never, Autechre, Nathan Fake, Lone, Gas, Untold, Shackleton, Machinedrum, Dabrye, Nosaj Thing, U-Ziq and Byetone. Continue reading

Moogfest Announces Event Schedule

moogfest-kraftwerkOrganizers have announced the Moogfest 2014 event schedule and venues.

The festival, which runs April 23 – 27, will include evening performances headlined by three Kraftwerk 3D concerts, along with Pet Shop Boys, Flying Lotus, Giorgio Moroder, and M.I.A.. Daytime programming is led by Futurama’s David X. Cohen, super-producer Nile Rodgers and Janelle Monae.

moogfest-2014Of particular interest to us is the “Modular Marketplace” electronic pop-up shop at Moogfest, which will be showcasing innovative instrument makers and featuring boutique electronics, experimental effects and modern modular synthesizers. Continue reading