Moog Announces ‘Global Synthesizer’, Looking For Field Recordings From Around The World

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Moog Music & sound artist Yuri Suzuki have announced plans for The Global Synthesizer Project, an modular audio installation that will debut at Moogfest 2016.

The installation will feature a modular synthesizer in the shape of a world map, featuring modules loaded with crowd-sourced sounds from around the world. Continue reading

Full 2016 Moogfest Schedule Announced

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Organizers have announced the full line up for Moogfest 2016, a four-day event, held in Durham, NC that will explore the past, present and future of music and technology.

Moogfest 2016, scheduled for Thursday, May 19 – Sunday, May 22, celebrates the legacy of Bob Moog, a visionary engineer who pioneered the analog synthesizer and other technology for music.

The festival will feature more than 300 musical performances, daytime workshops, conversations, masterclasses, film screenings, live scores, durational sound installations, and multiple interactive art experiences. Continue reading

Moogfest 2016 Lineup Announced, Featuring Gary Numan, Laurie Anderson, Suzanne Ciani & A New Moog Module

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Organizers announced the first round of artists, musicians and programming for Moogfest 2016, scheduled for May 19 – 22 in Durham, NC.

The lineup includes Gary Numan (in a three-night residency), GZA (two night residency), Odesza, Laurie Anderson, Oneohtrix Point Never, Suzanne Ciani, Blood Orange, and Sun Ra Arkestra, with keynote presentations by “transhumanist pharma tycoon” Dr. Martine Rothblatt and virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier.

Of special note to DIY synth enthusiasts, there will be another two-day, hands-on Moogfest synth building workshop for Engineer VIP ticketholders. This time, VIP attendees will build an as-yet-unreleased Moog synth module.”
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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

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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.

Here’s what they have to say about the decision: Continue reading