Moogfest is different than your typical run of the mill manufactured feeling festival. In addition to featuring music artists from around the world, its a full blown collection of performances, discussions, workshops and newsworthy experiences. Its also relatively accessible and comfortable. Many of the venues are in structures where weather isn’t an issue. Moogfest’s reputation is that its more than just an entertaining party. It’s a collection of events ranging from conversations of music history and politics to technology – a screenshot of the past, present and a blueprint for the future. This year is no different.
Mount Kimbie headlined the second wave of talent announcements for Moogfest’s 15th anniversary earlier today (March 8th) to be held in Downtown Durham, NC April 25th to 28th. Expect an unpredictable and adventurous DJ set from the post-punk electronic outfit, plus electronic composer and techno producer Max Cooper who will be presenting his acclaimed A/V set. Being more than just a music festival, this wave of features a cornucopia of talent ranging from experimental music to technology to political film.
At what the event organizers call ‘the intersection of creativity and activism’, additions to the daytime lineup promises more intellectually stimulating programs as well. Jason Leopold, Senior Investigative Reporter at Buzzfeed will be hosting a daytime conversation on how he earned the moniker “FOIA Terrorist” (due to his relentless use of the Freedom of Information Act) and seeking truth that doesn’t want to be found.
Author Kim Bjorn, joined by Ty Roberts, inventor of David Bowie’s Verbasizer will be co-hosting a workshop about the interactions between people and machines. Filmmaker Astra Taylor will be hosting a workshop about the intersection of creativity and activism, and there will also be a viewing of her film “What is Democracy?“. Dr. Tiffany Naiman, Stanford fellow and composer/musicologist, will be presenting a talk on the connections between humanity and technology.
Dorit Chrysler, cofounder of the New York Theremin Society is returning for the anniversary to teach a theremin workshop. Other workshops include how to visualize sound with code, the basics of WebVR, how to program your own FM synthesizer in Pure Data, and more, sponsored by Bell Labs, Delta Labs, and NCSU Libraries.
Some Moogfest artists will complement their Future Sound nighttime performances by leading Future Thought workshops, a format built from previous years. These Future Sounds performers include Cage-inspired pianist Kelly Moran, and Chicago footwork originator RP Boo. Returning to Moogfest is Jlin, with her dance score Autobiography, in what she says is her most complex work yet. DJ of Berlin’s notoriously restrictive Panorama Bar and Berghain, nd_baumecker will be performing, and Discwoman member and techno experimentalist Bergsonist will be performing a set using her sounds to explore psychological dimensions.
Other confirmed daytime and nighttime participants include:
- Eli Keszler- experimental percussionist and diverse sound artist
- Faten Kanaan- organic loops composer
- Spellling – Afrofuturist and dreamwork-inspired soul musician
- Airspace– hyper-ambient act with visual designers Black Box Echo who have created visuals for Bicep, Squarepusher, and Scuba.
- Yoshi Vintage– ascendant genre-blurring indie rapper
- DJ Brooklyn English- Lot Radio regular
- Modular on the Spot- founders of the synthesizer picnic
- TRIPLE X SNAXXX and UltraBillions- vintage synth acts
- The Floor- house and techno collective
- Greg Fox- interdisciplinary percussionist (who will also host a conversation on sensory percussion.)
-source courtesy of and shared by press release, contributions made by Ray DeSpinlema