Moogfest 2014 Daytime Program!

Moogfest 2014 Daytime Program!

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Moogfest 2014 Daytime Program Includes: Musical Masterclass From Super-Producer Nile Rodgers, And The ArchAndroid herself, Janelle Monae In Conversation With Her Producers; Plus An In-Depth Discussion With Electronic Music Pioneer Giorgio Moroder; Futurama’s David X. Cohen; Talks With Google’s Brightest Minds; Plus Film Screenings, Workshops, and More!

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Moogfest 2014 Announces Daytime Program, With New Additions That Include a Musical Masterclass From Super-Producer Nile Rodgers, And The ArchAndroid herself, Janelle Monae In Conversation With Her Producers; Plus An In-Depth Discussion With Electronic Music Pioneer Giorgio Moroder; Futurama‘s David X. Cohen; Talks With Google‘s Brightest Minds; Plus Film Screenings, Workshops, and More.

Q-Tip, Keith Emerson, Zed’s Dead, El-P, and Saul Williams Join The Landmark Performance Lineup Led By Kraftwerk 3-D, Pet Shop Boys, and M.I.A.

Dillon Francis, RJD2, Darkstar, Audion and More Playing Music Showcases Curated by Leading Experimental Record Labels and Industry Taste Makers.

Moogfest organizers echo the extra-education sentiment, as they’ve strived to build a lineup of sessions, workshops and film screenings that will thrill just as much as the musicians.”
-Mashable
ASHEVILLE, NC – February 18, 2014 – Moogfest has invited some of the world’s preeminent thought leaders to participate in the daytime platform taking place in Asheville, NC, April 23-27. Programming is shaped by keynote presentations from futurist George Dvorsky, The Millenium Project’s Jerome C. Glenn, and futurist and philosopher Nick Bostrom; discussions with musical trailblazers Herb Deutsch and Malcolm Cecil; instrument pioneers Don Buchla, Roger Linn and Dave Smith; the U.S. premier of I Dream of Wires, the authoritative documentary exploring the history of modular synthesizers; conversations with OMNI Reboot, MAKE Magazine, MIT Media Lab, Kill Screen and Eyeo; and durational performances by Dan Deacon, Nick Zinner, Bradford Cox, and Gavin Russom, with live visuals by Hisham Bharoocha.

PANELS AND CONVERSATIONS

The Future of Creativity
World-renowned futurists, philosophers and artists tackle the big questions: What will art look like and sound like 20, 50, 100 years from now? How will it be made and how will it be consumed? What will be the tools of creative expression in the future? Three keynote addresses by Oxford University philosopher Nick Bostrom; Jerome C. Glenn, CEO of the Millennium Project; and bioethicist, transhumanist, and futurist George Dvorsky.Dance, Dance, Dance to Let’s Dance: A Masterclass by Nile Rodgers
For the first time ever, one of music’s greatest producers will reveal the intimate details behind all of his biggest recordings. We’ll listen to a selection of his classics from beginning to end, and after each Nile Rodgers will tell us the stories behind each one, from inspiration to songwriting to collaboration to recording, pulling back the curtain on what goes into making timeless hits with David Bowie, Daft Punk, Diana Ross, Madonna, Chic, and more.The Pioneers of Electronic Music Instruments
Don Buchla invented one of the first modular synthesizers. Roger Linn invented the drum machine. Tom Oberheim founded four electronic instrument companies. Dave Smith is the “Father of MIDI”. David Borden is one of the earliest composers of electronic music. All will be sharing their histories and discussing the inspirations for the inventions that changed the course of music.Innovators In Electronic Music
In-depth discussions with four geniuses who forever changed the sound of music. Herb Deutsch, an early collaborator with Bob Moog, performs a musical talk “From Moog to Mac”.  Malcolm Cecil built synthesizers for Stevie Wonder and invented T.O.N.T.O., the first multitimbral polyphonic synthesizer. Electronic music pioneer Giorgio Moroder brought the synthesizer into film music. Plus Dave Tompkins, author of How To Wreck a Nice Beach, surveys the history of the vocoder, from World War II espionage to the auto-tuning of pop music.

The Math and Science of The Simpsons and Futurama
Simon Singh, author of The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets, leads the creator of Futurama David X. Cohen, plus Futurama/The Simpsons writers Stewart Burns, Jeff Westbrook and Ken Keeler (who happens to have a PhD in applied math from Harvard and holds a Masters degree in electrical engineering from Stanford), through the mysterious math and science riddles weaved into to countless episodes of two of the greatest TV shows ever, with screenings of key scenes.

Sounds of Space
Astrophysicists, scientists and artists discuss the important research on sound in space. Questions about art and music for this world and beyond with University of Iowa’s Department of Physics and Astronomy’s William Kurth; the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI)’s Artist In Residence Charles Lindsay, more.

New Forms presented by MIT Media Lab
The MIT Media Lab is an interdisciplinary research laboratory devoted to projects at the convergence of technology, multimedia and design. Professors and students will present their new research, observations and innovations, hosted by Professor Joseph Paradiso, director of the Things That Think Consortium.

Google and the Future of Audio
Come hear firsthand accounts of Google’s foray into the intersection of music and technology from members of the Android, Creative Lab, Data Arts, and Doodle teams. Witness and engage in a dialogue about the challenges, triumphs, adventures, and aspirations of mixing sounds and code. With Ryan Germick, Leon Hong, Joey Hurst, Aaron Koblin, Raph Levien, and Alexander Chen.

A Talk with The Electric Lady
The ArchAndroid herself, Janelle Monae, takes us on journey through her sci-fi universe, filled with psychedelic soul music and a dystopian futurism, along with her fellow voyagers Nate Rocket Wonder and Chuck Lightning.

Music Makers, presented by MAKE Magazine 
In the spirit of Bob Moog, music lovers and crazed inventors have created new instruments from the oddest materials, and MAKE Magazine invites everyone to tweak, hack, and bend technology to their own will. Presentations and performances, hosted by MAKE’s editor Mark Frauenfelder, with Forrest Mims, author of Getting Started in Electronics; composer Nicolas Collins, author of Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking; Drew Blanke aka Dr. Blankenstein, mad scientist of analog synthesizers and atari punks; Jay Silver, founder of Makey Makey; and hacker/inventor Tom Zimmerman.

Science Fiction & the Synthesized Sound, presented by OMNI Reboot
Turn on the radio in the year 3000, and what will you hear? When we make first contact with an alien race, will we—as in Close Encounters of the Third Kind—communicate through melody? If the future has a sound, what can it possibly be? OMNI Reboot has assembled a crack team of future dreamers to answer these, and many more, questions. We will picture the mundane realities of the future, provide a soundtrack to science-fiction landscapes, ponder what science fiction film music tells us about our expectations for tomorrow, and hazard some guesses at the musical aesthetics of extraterrestrials. With writer Martine Syms, artist Neal Reinhalda, musician King Britt, astronomer Doug Vakoch, and OMNI Reboot editor Claire Evans.

The Nature of Creativity, presented by Afropunk
Where do artistic notions begin — and where do they end? What are the tools of creativity, and who are its models? A frank discussion about what it means to be a creative being in a modern world amongst three AFROPUNK originals, artist Sanford Biggers, writer/critic Greg Tate and poet/performer Saul Williams. Plus a screening of Sanford Biggers‘ groundbreaking The Triptych documentary series.

Design Makes Music Come Alive
A new generation of visual artists and designers are using innovative technological tools to create immersive, interactive narratives unlike any ever experienced before. The brains behind visionary visuals and immersive interactions for Kanye West, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Nine Inch Nails, Arcade Fire, Flying Lotus and Skrillex share their secrets. With Willo Perron, Aaron Koblin, Alex Leiu, and David Wexler.

Sonification and Cybernetics
Can you visualize music as data?  Professor Bruce Walker of Georgia Institute of Technology’s Sonification Lab discusses new technologies that illustrate information with sound.  Can you see colors as sounds?   Contemporary artist Neil Harbisson was born with the inability to see color.  With a prosthetic device called an “eyeborg,” he can now hear the spectrum and create symphonies out of everything he sees, and has become the planet’s first human cyborg.  Harbisson will perform live and talk about the launch of the Cyborg Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims to help people become cyborgs and promote cybernetics in the arts.

What Does Play Sound Like? Presented by Kill Screen
From the wakka wakka of Pac-Man to the immersive soundscapes of Grand Theft Auto, sound design has been one of the unsung heroes of games. Videogame arts and culture company Kill Screen is bringing together some of the best minds inside and outside games including Daedalus, Matthew Lee Johnston, Matt Bock, Robin Arnott, Karla Zimonja and Gretta Cohn, to talk about creating interactivity with sound.

Transformations: Visualization, Sonification, & Alternative Interfaces presented by the Eyeo Festival
An afternoon exploring the art of visualizing sound data, sonifying soundless data and creating alternative interfaces for sound generation and manipulation with Scott Snibbe and Yuri Suzuk.

PERFORMANCES AND SOUND INSTALLATIONS

Immersive, Improvisatory, Durational Performances
Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner and Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox on Moog pedals. LCD Soundsystem’s Gavin Russom on Moog synths. Dan Deacon on Moogs across all platforms, from hardware to software, pedals to apps. Each performance lasting up to four hours. Anything can happen. Plus an immersive visual installation with films, projections and art by Hisham Bharoocha.Odd Harmonics, Theremins by François Chambard of UM Project
Custom made sculptural Theremins, designed and built by François Chambard, at once sculptures, instruments and design objects, available for the public to play. With daily performances by Dorit Chrysler.

WORKSHOPS

How to Hear
Immersive, participatory exercises with Lucky Dragons focused on “engaged” or “active” listening. Building on techniques used by environmentalists, artists and composers, takeaways include new strategies for music making, a better understanding of our sonic environment, and an open perspective on the feedback loop between listening, attention, and action.Creative Code presented by Gray Area Art & Technology Center
Gray Area’s renowned education program and faculty are dedicated to teaching code to create art & music.  As a leader in computational art and design, Gray Area offers focused, hands-on classes around the newest, open-source software on the leading edge of creative coding and for Moogfest presents daily 3-hour courses with both beginner and intermediate levels over four days with Barry Threw and Mat Ganucheau.

FILMS

Moog: The Documentary 
A special 10th anniversary screening, with director Hans Fjellestad.Soderbergh, Science Fiction and Synths: The Music of Cliff Martinez
A special retrospective of film composer Cliff Martinez greatest works from Solaris to Drive, plus a special conversation with the composer.I Dream of Wires (U.S. Premiere)
The ultimate documentary exploring the history of modular synthesizers and modern day communities of analog explorers. U.S. premiere screening with director Robert Fantinatto and producer Jason Amm.Moroder and Film
A special screening of Scarface, introduced by film composer Giorgio Moroder.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DAYTIME PRESENTERS GO HERE.

Music showcases curated by experimental record labels DFA, Ghostly, Warp, Driftless, Crew Love, Mad Decent, RVNG Intl, Fools Gold, and No. 19, influential festivals Hopscotch and Movement, and industry heavyweights such as AFROPUNK and The Windish Agency will be part of the nighttime programming. Among the acts tapped for these curated showcases are moombahton pioneer Dillon Francis; Darkstar on their first United States tour; Audion, the dance floor shaking alter ego of pop-music innovator Matthew Dear; globe trotting disco and soul funk duo Soul Clap, pummelling UK trio Factory Floor; virtuoso sample-based instrumental wizard RJD2, and more.These showcases are part of the diverse Moogfest music lineup that is being joined by new additions from legendary hip-hop innovator and Grammy Award winner Q-Tip, boundary-pushing electronic duo Zed’s Dead, fast flowing MC and futuristic producer El-P, and media melding musician, poet, and performer Saul Williams. The nighttime performances are led by landmark musical performances from electronic music pioneers KRAFTWERK 3-D, iconic electro-pop duo Pet Shop Boys, a dance party featuring music super producer Nile Rodgers and his band CHIC, plus more exhilarating and trail blazing acts including Gent & Jawns, Museum of Love, Clark performing Phosphor, Gordon Voidwell, DLX, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Nick Catchdubs, Treasure Fingers, Eliot Lipp, Marley Carroll, Ataxia, and Aligning Minds.Showcase lineups are listed below in alphabetical order.FOR MORE INFORMATION ON MUSIC PROGRAMMING GO HERE.
AFROPUNK
Gordon Voidwell
Le1f
Saul WilliamsCrew Love
Nick Monaco
No Regular Play
Slow Hands
Soul ClapDFA
Factory Floor
Museum of Love
The Crystal Ark
Driftless
Awesome Tapes From Africa
Eaters
Ejecta
Megafortress
Noah Wall
North AmericansGhostly International
ADULT.
Audion
Com Truise – DJ set
ShigetoHopscotch
Body Games
Heads on Sticks
Machinedrum – Vapor City Live
Marley Carroll
Mad Decent
Dillon Francis
Gent & Jawns
Riff RaffMovement
Erika
Keith Kemp
Mike HuckabyNo. 19
Art Department
Eric Volta
Jimmy Edgar
Louis Fresco
Nitin
RVNG INTL
Blondes
Hieroglyphic Being
Holly HerndonWarp
Clark – Phosphor Live
Darkstar
Moderat
pattenThe Windish Agency
Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks
Kaytranada
RJD2

Ticket info:

More information on tickets, VIP packages and payment plans available at www.moogfest.com/tickets

Day

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, 8 venues, over 60 talks, panels, discussion, presentations, and film screenings with futurist thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, artists, and musicians. First announcement here.
  • New Media art installations and interactive technology experiences and exhibitions
  • Film screenings
  • Experimental performances
  • Workshops and other interactive educational forums
  • Open-source hardware hackathon
  • Day programming Hours: Wednesday 3pm-7pm, Thursday – Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 11am – 3pm.

Night

Five evenings of landmark musical performances by new trailblazers, early pioneers of electronic music, and major headliners.

  • 5 nights, 10 venues, over 100 artists including concerts, experimental performances, and new music showcases.
  • Night programming hours: Wednesday – Saturday 7pm – 2am, Sunday 12pm – 6pm.

Moogfest VIP Package – $499*
Includes all benefits of the GA ticket PLUS:

  • 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 WiFi
  • Reserved Seating and Areas for VIPs
  • Moogfest 2014 Program
  • Moogfest T-Shirt
  • Moogfest Gift Bag
  • Exclusive Invitations to VIP Only Events
  • Plus Much More To Be Announced…
  • *Plus Applicable fees

Moogfest is also offering a limited run of unique VIP experiences for the true synth aficionado at www.moogfest.com/tickets

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

Interested in learning more, read other press releases to date:

About Moogfest:

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.

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dia Accolades

“Moogfest has added some eclectic firepower to its already impressive lineup.”

     Rolling Stone

One of the year’s most eclectic and unusual music festivals.

NPR

At Moogfest what once seemed primitive is now claiming the future.
The New York Times 

The unusual music festival takes up the experimental spirit of electronic music innovator Bob Moog and pushes it into even more far-reaching nooks and crannies of the ever-expanding genre.”
Huffington Post 
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