Organizers 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:
Moogfest is a five-day music festival and conference dedicated to exploring technology, art and music, honoring the creativity and inventiveness of Bob Moog and paying tribute to the legacy of the analog synthesizer through a platform of events both day and night.
Moogfest welcomes futurist thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, artists, scientists, musicians and Moog devotees to participate in a conversation that celebrates new technology and creative expression.
Five days of mind-expanding conversation, experimentation, and collaboration for creative and technology professionals across seven venues in downtown Asheville. The conference is guided by pioneers of music and technology, and co-curated by some of the most important thinkers of today.
- 5 days of New Media art installations and interactive technology experiences/exhibitions
- 5 days of talks, panels, discussion, presentations, and film screenings with futurist thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, artists, and musicians
- Synth building workshops and other interactive education
- An open source hardware hackathon
Five evenings of landmark musical performances by new trailblazers, early pioneers of electronic music, and major headliners in over ten venues across the city, including arena concerts, experimental performances, and new music showcases. Past Moogfest performers include Brian Eno, James Murphy, Richie Hawtin, Terry Riley, Massive Attack, M83, The Flaming Lips, MGMT, Suicide, TV On The Radio, Grimes, Sleigh Bells, Hot Chip, St. Vincent, Amon Tobin, Tangerine Dream, Keith Emerson, Orbital, Squarepusher, Flying Lotus and more.
Moogfest also hosts free events open to the public
- 4 day street festival, including new media art installations and live music
- 2 day North Carolina Tech Expo & Interactive Job Fair
- 5 day new electronic instrument pop-up shop
EMERGING TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
Moogfest is partnering with the North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) to produce a first of its kind Tech Expo and interactive Job Fair. This unique event will host innovative tech companies with a presence or headquarters in the state of NC. On April 26 and 27, attendees will have the opportunity to meet and experience the companies that are creating the tools and technology of tomorrow. Attendees will have the ability to network with these companies and discover employment opportunities. Companies will have the opportunity to meet like-minded businesses and forge new bonds, while exhibiting the technology that has made Asheville an innovation incubator.
TICKETS / FURTHER INFO
The event will attract 50,000 people (10,000 per day) from a cross-section of creative professionals, hackers, influencers and trendsetters, circuit benders, designers, programmers, audio engineers, new media artists, coders, and bedroom producers, seeking to be inspired in their work.
Tickets go on sale to the public on November 14, 2013. Moog Music thanks its loyal supporters by offering a limited run of $99 tickets to each of these three groups: Asheville locals, registered Moog instrument owners, and those that have signed up on the Moogfest mailing list.
See the Moogfest site for details.
Stay connected to Moogfest through www.moogfest.com or the Moogfest Facebook page and watch for future announcements regarding Moogfest’s programming, such as: Circuit Bending Challenge, Artist Installations, Hackathon, Workshops, Conference Curators, Music Showcase Curators and Official Lineup.
3 thoughts on “Moogfest Coming April 23-27, 2014”
The $100 price seems good, but Moog needs to give us an idea of who’s playing the event before asking us to buy tickets. They’ve got no track record on this, since they’re working with new organizers.
I heard a rumor that Klaus Schulze was going to be performing. That alone would be worth $100 to me. But if the schedule ends up being loaded with bands that aren’t really electronic, like recent years, I won’t be interested.
Given the daytime electronic venues and the current promises, I’m hoping this year will be much, much MORE electronic and less “music festival.” I’m really hoping we see stuff on the cutting edge of experimental music. I don’t think I want to see anymore post-rock guitar bands or “push a button and wave your hands” dance acts.
Is the cost of the festival really worth it? What do you get for $200.00? Is it $200.00 per day?