Moog Music Shipping Werkstatt Synth Worldwide, Launches ‘Werkstatt Workshop’ Learning Portal

Today Moog Music announced worldwide availability of its Werkstatt-01 Analog Synthesizer Moogfest 2014 Kit.

The patchable analog synth was originally only available to Engineering VIP ticket holders at Moogfest. There was substantial interest in a wider release for the Werkstatt at Synthtopia and elsewhere. Moog Music made a limited US release of the Werkstatt-01 this summer, followed up with a worldwide release today,

In the above demo video, Patrick ‘P-Thugg’ Gemayel, keyboard player for Atlantic Records’ band Chromeo, builds an improvisatory electro funk track using only the Moog Werkstatt-Ø1 and a simple drum pattern. Continue reading

Moogfest Regroups, Plans 2016 Return


Moogfest 2014, held in Asheville, NC April 23-27, was an ambitious undertaking that transformed Moogfest into an international event.

It also lost about $1.5 million.

In response, organizers have announced that there will be no Moogfest 2015, but that it will return in 2016 as a biennial event.

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You Asked, They Listened: Moog Music Releases Limited Edition Werkstatt-01 Synth Kit


Moog Music today announced that it is releasing the Moog Werkstatt – originally designed for a hands-on workshop during Moogfest 2014 – as a limited edition hackable synthesizer.

During Moogfest, the comppany facilitated a two-day workshop, in which Moog engineers assisted 125 participants in building Werkstatt, an educational, patchable analog synthesizer designed specifically for the event. It was Moog’s first workshop since 1997, when Bob Moog held a theremin workshop in Portland, Maine.

The Moogfest synth building workshop received overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants. There was substantial interest in a wider release for the Werkstatt at Synthtopia and elsewhere. The challenge, though, was that the Werkstatt was originally designed for assembly at synth-building sessions at Moogfest 2014, with the help of Moog’s product engineers & technicians.

Moog has responded to interest by creating a no-soldering-required version of Werkstatt, the Werkstatt-Ø1 Moogfest 2014 Analog Synthesizer. They are releasing it in limited quantities to a small number of US dealers only. Here’s Moog’s official intro video for the Werkstatt-Ø1: Continue reading

Behind The Scenes With Moog’s New Emerson Modular System

At Moogfest 2014, Moog Music introduced the Emerson Modular System – a reissue of Keith Emerson‘s iconic Moog Modular system.

We got a sneak preview of the Emerson Modular System while we were there, and had the opportunity to talk with:

  • Moog modular specialist Gene Stopp, who recreated Emerson’s Moog with the help of Moog engineers; and
  • Author Gordon Reid (Synth Secrets), who came to do an article on the new modular for Sound On Sound and ended up doing some unofficial ‘beta testing’ of the new system.

This isn’t a ‘glossy’ product overview video, but a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges involved in recreating a 40-year old design and some of the reasoning behind taking on a project of this scope.

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Teenage Engineering Debuts New Synth At Moogfest ‘Future of Music’ Panel


Photographer and electronic musician Robert Pluma has shared with us some tantalizing photos he shot at the “Future of Music” talk at last week’s Moogfest, including some shots of what appears to be a new Teenage Engineering synth, the PO-12.

Robert shares, “I wasn’t taking notes so I would suggest confirming details with TE, but from what I recall it … has a spring-loaded stand which doubles as a pitch bender when pressure is applied, includes 23 switches and two knobs (not sure if they’re rotary encoders or potentiometers), and has a built-in hang tab for retail display.”
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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 Announces Daytime Programming, Featuring Electronic Music Pioneers & Innovators


This morning, Moogfest announced its daytime programming for the festival, which runs April 23 – 27, in Asheville, N.C..

New additions to the schedule include a musical masterclass from super-producer Nile Rodgers, and ‘A Talk With The Electric Lady’, Janelle Monae and her band.

Daytime offerings range from panel discussions and conversations (including one, for example, which features Don Buchla, Roger Linn, Tom Oberheim, Dave Smith and composer David Borden), to performances and sound installations, workshops, movies, and music showcases.

The daytime program also features an in-depth discussion with Giorgio Moroder, plus movies, workshops, curated music showcases, and more.

Not simply about electronic music, Moogfest daytime sessions touch on technology, culture, and philosophy. Topics run the gamut from looking at math and science through the lens of The Simpsons and Futurama, to the nature of creativity, MIT Media Lab and Google.

Full details below.  Continue reading