Moogfest 2014 Announces Daytime Presenters Including Futurists, Musicians, Scientists, Authors, Filmmakers, and Pioneers of Electronic Music Instrument Design
Multimedia artist Laurie Anderson, electronic music pioneer Giorgio Moroder and film composer Cliff Martinez join futurist thinkers Jerome GlennNick Bostrom, and George Dvorsky plus MIT Media Lab's Joseph Paradiso, Sonification Professor Bruce Walker, and more from Make MagazineOMNI, and SETI (Search of Extraterrestrial Intelligence).
Plus appearances by Electronic Music Instrument Pioneers Herbert Deutsch, Roger Linn, Don Buchla, Tom Oberheim, Dave Smith, David Borden, Malcolm Cecil, Keith Emerson, and more.
Phase 1 General Admission and VIP Tickets On Sale Today at 11 AM EST

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 GA tickets go up to $299. All prices exclusive of applicable fees.

ASHEVILLE, NC – November 14, 2013 –  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 and his legacy to meet, share, create and collaborate. 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.
The daytime conference is guided by pioneers of music and technology with a participatory program of intervention and collaboration.
  • 5 days of talks, presentations, and film screenings with futurist thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, artists, and musicians
  • 5 days of New Media art installations and interactive technology experiences/exhibitions
  • Synth building workshops and other interactive education

 

Laurie Anderson

Musician, composer, pioneer in electronic music and one of the great experimental performance artists.

 

 

Giorgio Moroder

Record producer, songwriter, film score composer and pioneer of disco and electronic music. Winner of three Academy Awards and three Grammy Awards.

 

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, and a six-foot-long baton-like MIDI controller talking stick to access and replicate sounds.

 

Moroder is honored in the Dance Music Hall of Fame, and has collaborated with Donna Summer, Blondie, Sparks, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury and most recently, Daft Punk. He composed the music for the films 'Scarface,' 'Midnight Express,' 'Cat People,' 'Flashdance,' 'Top Gun' and more.

Cliff Martinez

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 and 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.

Jerome C. Glenn

Co-founder and Director of The Millennium Project, a renowned expert on Future Studies.

 

Dr. Nick Bostrom

Futurist and philosopher at the University of Oxford. Director of the Future of Humanity Institute and the Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology.

 

George Dvorsky

Futurist concerned with the ethical and sociological impacts of emerging technologies.

 

 

Dr. Joseph Paradiso

Associate Professor at MIT Media Lab’s Media Arts and Sciences program and Co-Director of the Things That Think Consortium, which examines the extreme future of embedded computation and sensing.

 

Bruce Walker

Associate Professor at the Schools of Psychology and Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

 

Mark Frauenfelder
Founding Editor-In-Chief of MAKE magazine, founder and Co-Editor of the weblog/print zine Boing Boing and Editor-In-Chief of CoolTools.

 

Claire Evans
Musician, artist and science writer. Editor-In-Chief at the science fiction magazine OMNI, investigating the intersection of art and science.

 

Forrest M. Mims III

Author, researcher, lecturer and columnist. Written more than 60 books about science, lasers, computers and electronics.

 

 

 

Charles Lindsay

Photographer and artist, is the first of its kind, Artist in Residence at the SETI (Search of Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute.

 

 

Hans Fjellestad
Director, producer, writer and editor of the 2004 documentary ‘Moog’ and producer and writer of 2009’s 'The Heart Is A Drum Machine.'

 

 

Herbert Deutsch

Composer, educator and inventor. Professor Emeritus of Electronic Music and Composition at Hofstra University. Collaborated with Bob Moog in the development of the Moog Synthesizer in 1964.

 

Roger Linn

Industrial designer of electronic drum machines and guitar effects pedals. His products are used on countless famous recordings.

 

 

Don Buchla

Synthesizer pioneer and founder of electronic music equipment company Buchla and Associates.

 

 

Tom Oberheim
Audio engineer and maker of analogue synthesizers, effects processors, sequencers and drum machines.

 

Malcolm Cecil

Creator of TONTO, the world's first multi-timbral, polyphonic analog audio synthesizer.

 

Dave Smith

Engineer and musician. Known as the "Father of MIDI" for his role in the development of MIDI.

 

 

Keith Emerson
English keyboardist and composer. Founder of Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Acknowledged as one of the most technically accomplished keyboardist in rock history.

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.

 

Bostram is an expert in cloning, artificial intelligence, superintelligence, mind uploading, cryonics, and nanotechnology. He has been listed in Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers list.

 

 

Dvorsky is a bioethicist and transhumanist, editor at io9, producer of the Sentient Developments blog and podcast, and Chair of the Institute For Ethics and Emerging Technologies.

 

 

Paradiso directs the MIT Media Lab's Responsive Environments Group which explores sensor networks and the human experience. He is a physicist who has worked with NASA and a designer of electronic music synthesizers and MIDI systems.

 

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.

 

 

Frauenfelder is also a blogger, illustrator and journalist. His past work includes Editor at Wired and Living Online columnist at Playboy Magazine.

 

Evans also leads the highly stylized and conceptualized “band, belief system and business” YACHT with Jona Bechtolt.

 

 

Named one of the "50 Best Brains in Science," 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.

 

Lindsay is a member of the Electronic Music Foundation, using audio recordings that he gathers in the wild to create sounds for his installation and audio visual performances. In 2010 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship for his camera-less CARBON work.

 

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.

 

 

Deutsch received a Moogfest Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 for his contributions to electronic music.

 

 

Responsible for the modern day drum machine, including the MPC and LinnDrum, Linn is also a guitarist, producer and member of the Dead Presidents Society, a group of distinguished innovators in the field of electronic music.

 

Buchla's background in physics, physiology, music and astronomy has been applied to fields as diverse as space biophysics, musical instrument design and multimedia composition. His work has centered on the refinement of communication channels between man and machine.

 

Oberheim founded Oberheim Electronics and is a key figure in the development and adoption of MIDI.

 

Jazz musician, producer and audio engineer, Cecil 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.

 

Smith pioneered groundbreaking music technologies and was responsible for the first polyphonic and microprocessor-controlled synthesizer, the Prophet 5, as well as the multitimbral synthesizer.

 

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.

Moogfest by night presents 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, 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.
Additional daytime programming and nighttime artists will be announced shortly.
TICKET INFO:
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, entrepreneurs, 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 plus a limited number of $499 5-Day VIP Admission while supplies last through December 19 when Phase 2 GA go up to $299. All ticket prices are exclusive of applicable fees. On November 21 Moogfest will announce music showcase curators, and on December 19 Moogfest will finally unveil the music headliners when Phase 2 GA ticket price goes into effect.
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 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 atwww.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.
MEDIA ACCOLADES
NPR: “One of the year's most eclectic and unusual music festivals.”
The New York Times: "At Moogfest what once seemed primitive is now claiming the future."
Huffington Post: “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.”
DJ Times: "Celebrating electronic-music instruments, the wide range of sounds made with them, and the legacy of Robert Moog, Moogfest once again distinguished itself as one of America's most vital music gatherings”
Mountain Xpress Asheville: “When it comes to booking acts, Moogfest's only stipulation is that artists are pushing boundaries in their respective genres.”