Moogfest 2018 Lineup Update

Moogfest organizers have announced Phase 1 & 2 of their lineup for the 2018 edition of the event, which will feature Mouse On Mars, Kelela, KRS-One, Jon Hopkins, and others.

Highlights include:

  • Masterclasses, workshops, and keynotes;
  • Two performances by Mouse on Mars, Jon Hopkins, and Little Boots.
  • A  sonic installation hosting original creations by nine artists;
  • A headlining performance by R&B visionary Kelela.
  • A Sleep Concert by members of Bedroom Community, plus durationals by Wes Borland and Gareth Jones + Nick Hook.

What Is A3 (Audio Cubed)?

Moogfest will feature immersive 360° performances by Suzanne Ciani and others.

A3 will host an immersive, 360-degree sound system with 24 independent sources. Organizers describe it as “the most advanced sonic environment of its size”. Performers will be able to articulate sound from every angle, enveloping the listener within an elevated, multi-sensory experience.

In addition to previously announced artists Jenny Hval and Aurora Halal, new Spatial Sound additions include:

  • Mouse on Mars, who will feature the interactive creations of robotics designer Sonic Robots with special guest Spank Rock;
  • Suzanne Ciani, who returns with LAYNE to premiere her live score of the 1920 German horror classic, “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,” in quadraphonic sound;
  • Valgeir Sigurðsson, who will perform his 2017 release “Dissonance” alongside Liam Byrne; and
  • Yves Tumor, who will unveil a new audio-visual show with a live visual mix by designer Ezra Miller.
  • Shabazz Palaces, Author & Punisher, and Waajeed round out the artists commissioned for the Spatial Sound program.

See the Moogfest site for details.

19 thoughts on “Moogfest 2018 Lineup Update

  1. The heavy politicization of Moogfest is terribly unappealing to me. I’m out.

    Perhaps it sells more tickets…something they desperately need to do to stay afloat…and I can’t even say I really disagree with their views, but I think it’s too much of a distraction.

    I’ll stick with Knobcon. I’m a synth-geek, not a protester.

      1. +1

        Also, I’m privileged so leave me alone would’ve fit to the previous comment also. I’ve been a knobtwiddler for decades, that doesn’t remove me from society.

      2. I don’t have a horse in the race, but surely you can’t deny that inviting someone who was convicted of violating the US Espionage Act is in-and-of-itself political.

        1. Manning released a video showing US military murdering an actual journalist, then trying to murder the people in a van with a dad and two kids that stopped to try to save the journalist. These were absolutely war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by an illegitimate state. Manning not only did the right thing by releasing this information, but that it was illegal to do so due to Wilson’s WWI era Espionage Act, which itself is a crime against humanity and the press, is abominable. Anyone supporting acts of terror against humanity such as the misnamed fascist legislation called the espionage act is absolutely a traitor to american values and is not worthy to touch the boots of true american patriots supporting freedom and truth, patriots such as Manning, who should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the Congressional Medal of Honor.

          I’m glad you’ll not be attending, mr. crall.

          1. You misinterpret my words. I did not say whether I supported that conviction. I don’t. But I do feel it’s impossible to separate Chelsea Manning the human being from Chelsea Manning the political activist. That’s a choice she made and that’s a fine choice. But to invite her to the event absolutely has a political sway. I really don’t think this can be denied and that’s the only point I was attempting to illustrate.

    1. It’s sad when people can’t handle inclusion or think that being inclusive is somehow ‘being political’.

      I like Knobcon, too, but in 5 years they haven’t had a speaker that’s not a middle-aged white guy. That’s as weird as anything Moogfest does, because the music that got a lot of us into synths was stuff like the Dr Who theme, Switched On Bach, and techno – none of which came from white guys.

  2. Kelela is fantastic and an excellent choice to headline, but Chelsea Manning has no business getting second line billing.

  3. What’s political? How about top billing for Chelsea Manning at a synth fair? I agree fully with their politics but the way they’re going about it is stupid. This isn’t just inclusion, this is inclusion as a marketing ploy and it’s cheap and distatseful. Just include people, you don’t need to make it a marketing tagline. It’s offensive to the people you’re including. Not all the fame hungry “artists” on this bill speak for the whole of their demographic and it’s higjly offensive to use them as a selling point. Plain and simple.

    1. Moogfest is not and has never been a ‘synth fair’.

      The disconnect you’re complaining about is really between what synth geeks would like Moogfest to be and what it really is.

      Moogfest is about futurism, and electronic art and music are a big part of that. A site like Synthtopia is of course going to focus on the synth angle, but that’s only part of the event.

      Also, what’s up with the whining about ‘inclusion as a marketing ploy’? The organizers just invite whoever the hell they want, as well they should. If being inclusive makes you nervous, you’re probably not the demographic their aiming for

      Bob Moog was embracing gender diversity 50 years ago. Why do people still have a problem with it?

  4. Remember that paid RW trolls get paid to shitpost everywhere…not just on social media platforms. The purpose of these troll factories is to undermine discourse and denormalize anything that does not align with straight, white, christian, nationalist ideals.

    1. Real news alert: I’m not a troll. And it’s a marketing ploy because they announce it as such and don’t just book the demographic the same way they would book/announce anyone else

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