Moogfest is a five-day festival dedicated to the synthesis of technology, art and music. Since its inception in 2004, Moogfest has been a magnet for artists, engineers, and enthusiasts of Bob Moog. With an experimental lineup of daytime conference programming featuring cultural, artistic and technological luminaries and punctuated by a diverse line up of landmark nightly performances, Moogfest honors the creativity and inventiveness of Dr. Robert Moog and pays tribute to the legacy of the analog synthesizer. This is no ordinary festival.
On November 21, Moogfest will announce curators of the evening music showcases, and on December 19, Moogfest will announce the music headliners when Phase 2 General Admission prices are scheduled to go up to $299. In an effort to make this unique event accessible, Phase 1 ticket prices are being offered at an unbeatable price of $199.
Moogfest by night presents four 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, and 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, Squarepusher, Orbital, Flying Lotus and more.
The daytime conference is guided by pioneers of music and technology, featuring some of the most important thinkers of today and includes:
- 5 days of New Media art installations and interactive technology experiences/exhibitions
- 5 days of talks, 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
Phase 1 includes visionaries that bend history and empower new thinking with a participatory program of intervention and collaboration: talks, workshops, installations and performances by futurist thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, engineers, artists, scientists, musicians, filmmakers and synth legends.
Musician, composer, pioneer in electronic music & one of the great experimental performance artists. Anderson is also an inventor having created devices for her own recordings and shows; a tape-bow violin that uses magnetic tape on the bow instead of horsehair and in the bridge & a six-foot-long baton-like MIDI controller talking stick to access & replicate sounds.
Composer best known for his epic and haunting film scores, which include ‘Drive’, ‘Only God Forgives’, ‘Contagion’, ‘Solaris’ and ‘Traffic,’ plus a collaborative score with Skrillex for ‘Spring Breakers’. Martinez started his career as a drummer with the likes of Captain Beefheart & Red Hot Chili Peppers, with whom he is inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Besides scoring numerous films he also scored the theme for the Spore video game.
Director, producer, writer and editor of the 2004 documentary ‘Moog’, and producer and writer of 2009’s ‘The Heart Is A Drum Machine’. The New York Times calls his ‘Moog’ film a “compelling documentary portrait of a provocative, thoughtful and deeply sympathetic figure”. ‘Moog’ will celebrate its 10 year anniversary at Moogfest 2014.
Musician, artist and science writer. Editor-In-Chief at the science fiction magazine OMNI, investigating the intersection of art & science. Evans also leads the highly stylized and conceptualized “band, belief system & business” YACHT with Jona Bechtolt.
Editor-In-Chief of MAKE magazine. Founder & Co-Editor of the weblog/print zine Boing Boing. Frauenfelder is also a blogger, illustrator & journalist. His past work includes Editor at Wired & Living Online columnist at Playboy Magazine.
Industrial designer of electronic drum machines and guitar effects pedals. His products are used on countless famous recordings. Linn is an accomplished guitarist, producer, and member of the Dead Presidents Society, a group of distinguished innovators in the field of electronic music.
Creator of TONTO, the world’s first multi-timbral, polyphonic analog audio synthesizer. Cecil is a jazz musician, producer & audio engineer. He is also a Grammy Award-winner for his work with Stevie Wonder on his legendary early 70s albums, and a producer on six key Gil Scott-Heron albums.
Audio engineer, maker of analogue synthesizers, effects processors, sequencers & drum machines. Oberheim founded Oberheim Electronics and is a key figure in the development and adoption of MIDI.
Filmmaker, music producer, remixer. Performs as Solvent, co-owner of record label Suction. Amm is also the producer of the independent documentary ‘I Dream Of Wires’ which explores the history, demise & resurgence of the modular synthesizer. Included in the film are interviews with Trent Reznor, Gary Numan, Vince Clarke, Daniel Miller, Carl Craig and more.
Photographer and artist, is the first of its kind, Artist in Residence at the SETI (Search of Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute. Lindsay is a member of the Electronic Music Foundation, using audio recordings that he gathers in the wild to create sounds for his installation & audiovisual performances. In 2010 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship for his camera-less CARBON work.
Jerome C. Glenn:
Co-founder & Director of The Millennium Project, renowned expert on Future Studies. As Director of the Millennium Project, Glenn is the primary author of the annual State of the Future report, and editor of Futures Research Methodology.
Futurist concerned with the ethical and sociological impacts of emerging technologies. Dvorsky is a bioethicist and trans humanist, editor at io9, producer of the Sentient Developments blog & podcast, and Chair of the Institute For Ethics and Emerging Technologies.
Associate Professor at the Schools of Psychology and Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Walker runs the Georgia Institute of Technology Sonification Lab, which studies the use of audio to perceptualize data and convey information. Walker leads research in Sonification, Auditory Interfaces, and Human Computer Interaction.
Dr. Nick Bostrom:
Futurist and philosopher at the University of Oxford. He is the director of the Future of Humanity Institute and the Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology. Bostram is an expert in cloning, artificial intelligence, super intelligence, mind uploading, cryonics, and nanotechnology. He has been listed in Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers list.
Dr. Joseph Paradiso:
Associate Professor at MIT Media Lab’s Media Arts & Sciences program and Co-Director of the Things That Think Consortium, which examines the extreme future of embedded computation and sensing. Paradiso directs the MIT Media Lab’s Responsive Environments Group, which explores sensor networks and the human experience. He is a physicist who has done work with NASA, and a designer of electronic music synthesizers and MIDI systems.
Composer, educator & inventor. Professor Emeritus of Electronic Music and Composition at Hofstra University. Collaborated with Bob Moog in the development of the Moog Synthesizer in 1964. Deutsch received a Moogfest Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 for his contributions to electronic music.
Engineer & musician. Known as the “Father of MIDI” for his role in the development of MIDI. Smith pioneered groundbreaking music technologies & was responsible for the first polyphonic & microprocessor-controlled synthesizer, the Prophet 5, as well as the multitimbral synthesizer.
Synthesizer pioneer and founder of electronic music equipment company Buchla and Associates. Buchla’s background in physics, physiology, music and astronomy has been applied to fields as diverse as space biophysics, musical instrument design & multimedia composition. His work has centered on the refinement of communication channels between man & machine.
Forrest M. Mims III:
Author, researcher, lecturer and columnist. Written more than 60 books about science, lasers, computers, and electronics. Mims has sold millions of copies of his Getting Started in Electronics and Engineer’s Mini-Notebook series of books. He invented the popular Atari Punk Console circuit for DIY noisemakers and has been working with LED’s since 1962.
English keyboardist and composer; founder of Emerson, Lake and Palmer; acknowledged as the one of the most technically accomplished keyboardist in rock history. Emerson was the first musician to tour with the Moog analog synthesizer. He was the headliner of the first and third Moogfests in 2004 and 2006, and the first recipient of the Bob Moog Legacy Award.
Additional daytime and nighttime artists and programming will be announced shortly.
Moogfest 2014 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.
General Admission and VIP tickets for Moogfest are available now at Moogfest.com. Phase 1 tickets start at $199 for 5-Day General Admission and $499 for 5-Day VIP Admission while supplies last through December 19 when Phase 2 pricing raises to $299 for General Admission. Single day passes will be available for $99 when the programing schedule is announced. All ticket prices are exclusive of applicable fees.
Moogfest also offers a limited run of the Moogfest Engineer VIP Package for $1,000 and the very exclusive Legacy VIP Package for $10,000 all available through the Moogfest Website.
Moogfest VIP Package – $499*
● VIP’s Get in First EVERYWHERE
● Priority Festival Check In
● VIP Entrance at Each Venue
● VIP lounge at US Cellular Center with Private Bar and Wi-Fi
● Reserved Seating and Areas for VIPs
● Moogfest 2014 Program
● Moogfest T-Shirt
● Moogfest Gift Bag
● Exclusive Invitations to VIP Only Events
● Much More To Be Announced
Moogfest Engineer VIP – $1000*
● Two x 3-hour synth building workshops where guests have the opportunity to build, modify, and keep a new, unreleased synth module with the Moog engineers who designed it at the Moog factory, Asheville
● PLUS all the benefits of the VIP ticket
Legacy VIP – $10,000*
● Minimoog Voyager XL
● Minimoog Voyager XL Flight Case
● Transfers to and from Asheville Regional Airport to Moogfest
● 6 Night Stay at Asheville’s The Omni Grove Park Inn
● 2 Seats at a Private Dinner With Keith Emerson
● PLUS all the benefits of the Engineer VIP ticket
*Plus Applicable fees
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
To learn more, read our other press releases to date:
Since 2004, Moogfest has been a gathering for the musicians that worked closely with Bob and his instruments. In 2014, Moogfest is amplifying its vision and becoming a 5-Day event dedicated to the synthesis of technology, art and music. Moogfest honors the inventiveness of Bob Moog and the legacy of the analog synth with an experimental line up of daytime conference programming and landmark nightly performances. Moogfest takes place April 23-27th, 2014 in downtown Asheville, NC.
About Moog Music:
Moog Music is the leading producer of analog synthesizers in the world. The company and its customers carry on the legacy of its founder, electronic musical instrument pioneer, Dr. Bob Moog. The company hosts Moogfest, a five-day festival celebrating the intersection of music and technology in honor of Moog’s innovative spirit. All of Moog’s instruments are hand built in its factory on the edge of downtown Asheville, NC. To learn more, visit www.moogmusic.com.