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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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Moogfest Daytime Lineup To Feature Moroder, Anderson, Emerson, Buchla, Oberheim, Smith, Linn And More

laurie-andersonMoogfest 2014 organizers have announced their lineup of daytime presenters, which includes a kick-ass lineup of futurists, musicians, scientists, authors, filmmakers and pioneers of electronic music instrument design.

The lineup includes multimedia artist Laurie Anderson, disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder, film composer Cliff Martinez, futurist thinkers Jerome Glenn, Nick Bostrom, and George Dvorsky plus MIT Media Lab’s Joseph Paradiso, Sonification Professor Bruce Walker, and more from Make Magazine, OMNI, and SETI (Search of Extraterrestrial Intelligence).

And then there’s the Electronic Music Instrument Pioneers: Herbert Deutsch, Roger Linn, Don Buchla, Tom Oberheim, Dave SmithMalcolm Cecil, Keith Emerson and more.

Moogfest takes place April 23-27th, 2014 in downtown Asheville, NC.

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