Moogfest 2018 is history – and here are the highlights

Also Moogfest 2019 announced : scheduled for April 25th to April 28th, 2019 and update on ticket prices

Moogfest 2018 is now in the history books.  It will immediately be remembered as the year the rain took over.  A tropical disturbance formed in South Florida that was forecast to affect the Carolina’s in a big way and it wasn’t lost on downtown Durham. Waning thunderstorms aside, the rain was plentiful albeit intermittent throughout. Friday night felt the most affected to the point my opportunity to bounce to as many venues in one night was throttled.

First off, if you want to know what its all about, instead of explaining what Moogfest is, i suggest the The Five to look forward to at Moogfest 2018 to catch up.  If that’s not enough there’s a couple of articles leading up to it.

Moogfest 2018 Lineup has been released. Check out the eclectic schedule and more.

Moogfest 2018 – guitarist Wes Borland heads a list of five conceptual and contrasting Durational Sound Installations

Moogfest 2018 adds Michael Stipe to conversations plus Hip-Hop Legends Pete Rock and Ali Shaheed Muhammad join Moses Sumney in Moogfest’s Final 2018 Lineup

Next this won’t be a review of the macro concept, collection of ideas, theories, blueprints and theories and the results of them all, nor the microcosmic details of what made Moogfest work and what didn’t and how one affected the other.  I went because the line up looked impressive at least at the supportive or feature act level and yes i would count Chelsea Manning’s discussion as part of the line up too. Still I wanted to merge as many workshops, installments, discussions and movies as possible knowing my limitations -access, distance and time. I could argue those with an engineer pass would probably have an impossible time juggling a 9am to 2am schedule too. Speaking of engineer passes and day workshops, now is a good time to share some pictures from the day workshops mostly exclusive to engineer pass holders.

 

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That said there’s good articles discussing Moogfest at that level though should you wish to partake.

Besides Moogfest is ubiquitous for better or worse.  At one moment, a workshop is happening on one side of the festival and a 4 hour durational is happening at another.  Performances are staggered at different times and venues.  Some decide to settle at one place and others like myself move around because two performances of interest happened to be part of the staggering. The inclement weather didn’t help either. Also the common discussion i overheard relating Moogfest was that its a ritual involving little sleep. Unfortunately sleep won out despite the attempts and trust me, effort was made to experience more than what i was here for(chill related site) and what i personally anticipated….to transcend the landscape of the Moogfest itinerary.  And to ease that, I was kinda thankful the top end of the performance line up wasn’t that eye opening or rare.  It definitely wasn’t like 2016. KRS-One already toured Orlando twice this decade. Kelela has impressive write ups and reviews but perception wise doesnt match with where Grimes and Odesza was at that year. That said, that freed up opportunities to focus on the under card and admittedly even that was overwhelming. I understand Jon Hopkins and Mouse on Mars was part of the headline but that’s glorified in my view so i label them high under card – anything to prove my narrative.  All jokes aside, definitely more impressive in my opinion than 2017. To use a cliche, its a good problem to have.

Although there was so much to anticipate and revel in, here’s my list of highlights.

Randhaus Stage – Thursday afternoon set from 4pm to 7pm 

 

After publishing my Moogfest preview, I made sure to check out the Randhaus Stage to start off the festival and i wasn’t disappointed.  The Parts and Labor’s old garage style made for a good set up for a spring festival and the Randhaus label lived up to its billing – although to be honest i wasn’t able to check out Nay Fong or any of the Randhaus roster afterwards.  That said, it was a fun, brisk and hazy sample of ambient, soul and experimental vibes by the line up of Miniluv, ABZ, AXNT, Tony G, Kyōju and Gappa Mighty. During one set its haziness approached a standstill, with guitar riffs of Miniluv reflecting off the partially humid afternoon offset by some comforting breeze, evoking a Robin Guthrie/dream pop style that took me by surprise for a bit as i took a sip of the adult beverage to cool off.  This was chill.

No Eyes 

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The atmospheric chip tune samples of No Eyes continued the brisk and hazy theme of Thursday afternoon towards the evening.  That said, some of the witch house and ambient influences faded out and thrusted into subdued drum n bass and overall happy beats. The insistence to dance was there and some of the audience had no issue in picking up on it.  From the stage on Thursday to the classroom an otherwise slow but weather improved Sunday afternoon, his Introduction to Chiptune and Nanoloops was a class worth staying until the end regardless of the technical difficulties between the Super Nintendo and the overhead projector.

Emily Sprague and Pamelia Stickney at First Presbyterian Church

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Emily Sprague photo by Brian Livingstone IG blivingst

As i stated in the preview, a highlight of Moogfest will always involve a performance at the First Presbyterian Church.  Last year, Colleen’s performance at the church was arguably the best of the festival. Although Thursday evening’s line up was sparsely attended, it was an opportunity for the seekers of aural levitating bliss to satisfy their desire for the ambience and the atmospheric. It first started off with Emily Sprague’s liquidy and luscious synth loops under a sea of blue flooding the high end of cathedral. Pamelia Stickney went on next and would do the same, as the thereminist’s sounds would levitate in a sea of multi colors. While i missed the Tesseellatum appearance by Nadia Sirota and Liam Byrne of the Bedroom Community afterwards, it apparently would be the shape of things to come for their sleep concert later.

Author and Punisher

 

The doom industrial Author and Punisher was the first performance i viewed under the Spatial Sound/A3 set up at the Armory.  Its a surround sound set up with 24 separate outputs meaning more splicing, more extraction of sounds and directing them to different outputs in the set up.  Keep in mind, some of Moog’s durationals are surrounded with four speakers which made for a splendid late night at the sleep concert that hosted 50. This was 24 outputs engulfing a venue that holds less than 1000 at a distance of over 100 feet with the speakers probably 10 to 20 feet high. Although the intent of the set up was to focus on the sounds surrounded within, the audience will always be interested in watching the performer, whether they have a joystick, a guitar, a laptop or a theremin. That said, with his distorted crunchy low bit guitar riffs overwhelming the stage, some of the audience realized its best to experiment his doomsday devices in the middle of the GA floor. Out of all the performances, i was pleasantly surprised with this one. Throughout, I could only think of the Justin Broadrick remix of Agoraphora Nosebleed.

Bedroom Community

 

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If there’s anyone at Moogfest 2018 that greatly benefited from appearing, it had to be the Icelandic record label/collective Bedroom Community. They seemingly performed at almost every venue, participated in conversation and screening of their documentary appropriately named “Everything Everywhere All the Time” and topped it off with an impressive Saturday night Spatial Sound/A3 programming showing at the Armory by Liam Byrne and the label founder Valgeir Sigurðsson named Dissonance, unleashing its symphony inspired soundscape unto the 360 degree sound system each meticulously fed into the 24 independent sources. Joined by Francesco Fabris they even returned the annual sleep concert durational back to its Robert Rich envisioned theme (minus the no tolerance for cameras at any time) and away from the meditation focused Larajji concept, by taking their moody soundscapes and reducing them into ghostlike afterthoughts.  At times the spacey sounds gave into soft sweeping violins before alternating back meshes of crumbling undertones, with four speakers surrounding the lines of mattresses provided by Nest Bedding which were comfortable by the way.  At three and a half hours, it was the longest i’ve stayed at a sleep concert.

Yves Tumor

 

In my opinion, Yves Tumor in his post apocalyptic anti hero set up carried the aura of stardom at Moogfest.  It didnt matter that his seminal ambient subtleties, his gothic “ruined” mixes of Alice Glass were crushed into rubbish, drum looped into caustic lawnmowing bits.   It was of no concern that he took early Boyd Rice/Non influences, of looping toy sounds drizzled with the asphalt jungle  – not necessarily influences popular with the mainstream – and redid God and Beast, while camped outside the noisiest of Roger Karmanik and Cold Meat Industry.  He commanded the Armory stage even as he demanded the lights turned down for a song or two. I knew i was in for the set, but was surprised many stuck around. I was thinking to myself why? Maybe it was the Spatial Sound. Maybe it was the rain. It was interesting at the very least. It was definitely a highlight of Moogfest 2018.

Psychic TV

 

This was more of a sentimental choice. I wasn’t old enough or living in the right city or scene to know about Genesis P-Orridge when it “mattered to me”.  Sure they ended up on some Wax Trax releases, but then he joined the Acid House movement around the time i was locked into Industrial and other underground related genres. I was curious if his set would resort to that but thankfully it didnt, but then again perhaps i’d have a change of mind. Anyways, although his health has been deteriorating due to Leukemia, he looked delighted to be on stage performing over a selection of “300 releases over the years.” At one point after a song, he treats them as a memory he’d forgotten but happy to revisit again.

Next year, Moogfest 2019 celebrates its 15th year and this time will move up to April 25th to April 28th in Downtown Durham.  Short term discount tickets were offered to those who attended Moogfest 2018 for $80 General and $120 VIP  That expired midnight May 22nd.  UPDATE:  Tickets at early bird rates are available as of May 23rd.  Check out the Moogfest 2019 Eventbrite link but only good for a limited time only.

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Spiritual Friendship’s Moogfest 2018 Durational Performance available on Soundcloud

 

Spiritual Friendship is a joint project of Nick Hook and Gareth Jones .  The two first met during a recording in 2005 and became friends, connecting according to them “over a shared love of synths and the simple fact that they were the only two non-musicians in the room”.  They would eventually start collaborating in 2014.  The two and a half hours that was recorded during the Thursday afternoon (May 17th, 2018) Durational Performance at Moogfest 2018 was split into three parts.  Otherwise it was live and unedited. Find out more about Spiritual Friendship on their soundcloud page and listen to this drone performance – or play the link below.

Also here’s a tweet they shared beforehand.

 

The Five to look forward to at Moogfest 2018

Moogfest 2018 has personally been one of my favorite festivals. It’s a full blown event featuring appearances from around the world. Moogfest has performances, discussions, workshops and more. Many of the venues are in structures where weather isn’t an issue – unless you’re attending an outdoor show. To me, Moogfest is more than just an entertaining party. It’s a collection of events ranging from discussions of music history and politics, to technology – a screenshot of the past, present and a blueprint for the future. That said, there are many shows happening at the same time.  Here’s my five to look forward to.

A3 Spatial Sound – the Armory in Downtown Durham will be converted to a large-scale performance venue. A3 hosts an immersive 360-degree sound system with 24 independent sources, making it the most advanced sonic environment of its size for popular applications. Within the space, performers can articulate sound from every angle, enveloping the listener within an elevated multi-sensory experience. A3 at Moogfest 2018 is made possible through close collaboration with Meyer Sound and Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technolo. Expect performances from Author & Punisher, Mouse on Mars featuring Sonic Robots, and Suzanne Ciani performing an original score to The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

Psychic TV – One of the icons from England’s underground (of the underground), Genesis P-Orridge will be performing a one off show at Moogfest 2018.

Sleep Concert – Personally I’ve never lasted the entire night sleeping because i’m a night person, but whatever I was able to relax in the last two years was worth it. Honestly the Robert Rich event was more enjoyable although Larraji was alright too. This year members from the Bedroom Community will perform.

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First Presbyterian Church performances – Last year it was Colleen and two years ago it was Gwenno. With Upper Glossa, Alexandre Bazin and Annie Hart this year, expect another event to look forward to.

No Eyes The project of Seanny Georgie should shine in a sea of impressive talent at Pinhook on Thursday evening. If you read this on Thursday and you like someone to master dreamy, haunted and depressive soundscapes with Gameboy in hand then attend this event. I’ll be looking forward to it.

Tickets are still available at the Moogfest/Eventbrite site.

Moogfest 2018 adds Michael Stipe to conversations plus Hip-Hop Legends Pete Rock and Ali Shaheed Muhammad join Moses Sumney in Moogfest’s Final 2018 Lineup

Durham, N.C. [May 14, 2018] [press release] – Moogfest announced the final pieces to its 2018 festival with the addition of its free stage, located in the heart of downtown Durham’s American Tobacco Campus, plus the addition of Michael Stipe and Aminatou Sow to its conversation programming. This free ATC stage – aka Legends on the Lawn – opens on Saturday, May 19 and is co-presented with the support of WRAL.

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Leading Saturday’s addition are legendary hip-hop DJs and producers Pete Rock (Pete Rock & CL Smooth) and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest), plus a full-band performance by indie-soul singer-songwriter Moses Sumney, who returns to Moogfest for the second time. Sumney will also join the Producer & Songwriters Masterclass alongside Alexandre Bazin, Gareth Jones, and Valgeir Sigurðsson.

Saturday afternoon will open with Moogfest’s much-beloved Modular on the Spot Picnic, an outdoor modular synth performance started in Los Angeles by modular synthesist and skate photographer Eric “Rodent” Cheslak with bassist Bana Haffar. This year’s three-hour picnic offers a laid-back, family-friendly listening environment for a mind-expanding exploration of electronic sound, transitioning into a more upbeat affair as the day progresses. The Modular on the Spot Picnic will feature a rotating cast of performers that includes Cheslak himself, along with Lightbath, Pete Speer, Jake Pugh, Lee Coleman, Jerry Kaba, and previously announced performer and daytime presenter Sarah Belle Reid.

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Sarah Belle Reid

New Conversation Additions

As previously announced, Michael Stipe’s audio-visual installation Thibault Dance will be featured in downtown Durham. Now the artist himself will return to Moogfest as well for a conversation on Saturday at 5 p.m. (ET) in the Carolina Theatre to offer insight on his current audio-visual work and his creative focus in the post-R.E.M. era.  Stipe will also be in conversation with Andy Battaglia from ArtNewsto present his new book, showcasing his multi-layered artistry narrated with experiences from his youth.

Michael Stipe had this to say on his participation this year:
“I get to return to Moogfest with the premiere of the second installment of my dance series, called ‘Thibault Dance’.  Creating these portraits means I get to work in video, which I love; with movement and performance, which I love, and with composing music as a reaction, which is new to me.  With my band I always had music to write against; in the case of these video portraits I am writing music to movement.  It turns the entire process on it’s head.  There is a trust between myself and the person I am creating a portrait of—  and that relationship, that ‘dance’, is important to me, and to the success of the piece.
With ‘Thibault Dance’ there’s clear nuance and tension.  Thibault’s performance is so powerful, showing immense strength—  a big part of that strength being his fearlessness as a performer in allowing vulnerability, awkwardness, humanity.
I like working with Moogfest because they pull the most exciting performers and thinkers together in what feels like a future version of what a festival can be, and I get to create an immersive experience with the video piece, and I get to discuss that piece and other work in different mediums with Andy Battaglia.  I am very much looking forward to it.”

 

Additionally, noted writer, podcast host, and Forbes “30 Under 30” recipient Aminatou Sow joins Chelsea Manning for the privacy activist’s Saturday keynote on the future of creativity. Manning and Sow will discuss how creative frontiers will evolve as privacy laws change in an expanding digital landscape in what will be an enlightening, eye-opening keynote.

Moogfest 2018 Free Programming Roundup

The ATC Stage announcement accompanies Moogfest’s previously released free programming that includes Ralph Steadman’s Harmon-INK! exhibit; Michael Stipe’s Thibault Dance installation;  the Modular Marketplace; the Moog Store and Moog Pop-Up Factory, which will be building the just-announced Moog Grandmother synth onsite; Vorticity, a collaborative sonified data installation between Nokia Bell Labs and Delta Sound Labs; Frivolous Artist: More Metal, a tactile, interactive live score piece by Wild Actions; Moritz Simon Geist’s robotics installation Soft Manipulator; the immersive environmental sculpture Infinity: Algorithmic Soundscapes from Magnetic Energy; a Moogfest poster and synth art exhibition; and the Reverb LP Record Fair.

Moogfest 2018 begins May 17th to May 20th(2018.  Tickets are still available by visiting their Eventbrite page.

Moogfest 2018 – guitarist Wes Borland heads a list of five conceptual and contrasting Durational Sound Installations

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UPDATE – Moogfest’s Durational Sound Installation series has become a staple of the festival since its inception at Moogfest 2014 and while the festival’s existence began in 2004, it has emerged as a part of their legacy as they moved from New York to Asheville and now Durham, NC.   It’s primarily a four hour session of auriculor trips, synchronisms and collaborations scheduled every afternoon throughout Moogfest.  The exceptions are Thursday afternoon which is three hours long, and the sleep concert (normally associated on its own) which runs from 12am to 8am late Thursday night/early Friday morning.   For this year, Moogfest has announced that Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland will headline with a four hour performance of his own Friday May 18th starting at 12 noon.

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Richard Devine at Moogfest 2016

What is a durational sound installation? From what i experienced, it’s like a random side show, but not necessarily with disorder. They’re not bound to a set list, but they are limited to their time frame. It’s like an improvisation, but with copious amounts of pedals, vintage equipment, laptops, analog and digital keyboards and carefully placed speakers. It has the trappings of an experiment. The Durational Sound Installations appears to insist on intimacy, but with sets that outlast different conversations, films, performances and discussions happening throughout Moogfest, you can come and go as you please. The exception would be the overnight sleep concert which is under limited capacity.  Richard Devine took over 21c Hotel Main Gallery on a Saturday afternoon in 2016.  I was able to observe his performance for awhile after watching Gwenno earlier. Both started at 2pm.  Moor Mother, the Haxan Cloak and Jas Shaw participated at the 2017 event when it was at the American Underground Storefront.  I was able to watch Jas Shaw for awhile before walking over to the First Presbyterian Church for Colleen’s rare US live performance at the time.

This year’s Durationals returns to the 21c Main Gallery with Thursday’s scheduled at the Power Plant Boiler Room.   Check out the Moogfest 2018 scheduling site for more details.  https://moogfest2018.sched.com/

the Haxan Cloak and Nick Zinner at Moogfest 2017

Durational Sound Installation

According to the festival, this year’s program highlights five super conceptual and very contrasting durationals that take the artist somewhat out of their ‘comfort zone’. This is an extension of the durational concept that started at Moogfest 2014.

1) Wes Borland
Last year Michael Stipe transformed himself at Moogfest with the debut of his audio visual installation via a new medium. Re-emerging at this year’s fest will be Limp Bizkit’s bass player Wes Borland. His new project, deeply personal, feels like a creative regeneration. At MF, his experimentation will seep into the conceptual and come to life by way of a self made rig in a 4 hour durational. The festival’s avant-gardism and activism is an ideal platform for Wes’ groundbreaking experimental performance. It will be his first performance of this kind ever.
UPDATE – Here’s more details about his rig for his appearance at Moogfest 2018, his new single “Matadors and Daughters”album and appearance at Moogfest 2018.  From the press release, in addition to debuting new songs at Moogfest, Borland is presenting a custom sonic rig central to his performance. Describing the rig, Borland says, that “It’s basically multiple delay pedals and loopers and samplers going into a small mixing console which goes into a main sampler/looper. I’ve set up tons of instruments and made railroad tracks that come together to a central hub where I can record a loop of those things and have it run and then play over it and then have other stations that have their own loopers playing by themselves and I can enjoy the imperfection of those things overlapping each other. I’m set up for all kinds of things to happen, including accidents.” The durational will mostly be a solo performance but will include support from Alex Rosson, former head of audio at Detroit’s Shinola and the ears and vision behind Audeze headphones.
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2) Nicole Mitchell
This jazz enthusiast and avant-garde artist who’s part of the association of Advancement of Creative Musicians will be performing a 4 hour durational on her flute immersed with a plethora of moog synths. Mitchell initially emerged from Chicago’s innovative music scene in the late 90s, and her music celebrates contemporary African American culture.  She is perhaps best known for her work as a flutist, having developed a unique improvisational language and having been repeatedly awarded “Top Flutist of the Year” by Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll and
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This is a completely different genre for her, and promises to be extraordinary.
3) Nick Hook & Gareth Jones: Spiritual Friendship
Jones — a celebrated British producer and engineer who’s spent more than 35 years working with acts like Depeche Mode, Einstürzende Neubauten, Wire, Mogwai, Erasure, Grizzly Bear, Liars, Clinic, and others too numerous to list . Hook, a St. Louis native brought up on a musical diet that was equal parts hip-hop, punk rock and electronic music, spent the next several years carving out his own lane in New York, becoming a loveable jack-of-all trades who was just as comfortable dropping bombs in the DJ booth as he was recording Young Thug in the studio or performing live on stage with El-P.  They kick off the durationals part of Moogfest 2018 with their three hour performance Thursday May 17th.
4) Sleep Concert: Presented by Bedroom Community 

The highly-anticipated Sleep Concert, the grandfather of all durationals:

An overnight 8-hour magical experience in sound, led this year by Icelandic artists Bedroom Community featuring Bedroom Community founder Valgeir Sigurðsson with labelmate Liam Byrne. The sleep concert has been an event in itself since Robert Rich’s appearance in 2016.

5) Stephen O’Malley and Deradoorian team up for a challenging collision of experimental worlds
Vanguard drone music composer Stephen O’Malley (Sunn O))), Khanate, Burning Witch) and pop experimentalist Deradoorian (Dirty Projectors, Avey Tare) were recently added to the durational programming. The duo will come together for a collaborative four-hour performance on Saturday, May 19.
Moogfest 2018 will once again be held in Downtown Durham NC Thursday May 17th to Sunday May 20th, 2018.
For more information visit http://www.moogfest.com and for tickets visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/moogfest-2018-tickets-44488725977.

Before his appearance at Moogfest 2018 – Wes Borland Releases New Experimental Single, ‘Matadors & Daughters’ From Upcoming fall LP “Astral Hand

Unveils Custom Rig for Moogfest (Durham, NC, May 17-20)

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Self Portrait of Wes Borland with his Rig, Detroit, MI (May 2018)

May 8, 2018: Today, Wes Borland releases ‘Matadors & Daughters’, the first single from his upcoming solo album. The single includes ‘Arcturus’ on the B-side and is among the new music that Borland will debut as part of his 4-hour durational performance at Moogfest 2018 in Durham, North Carolina, May 17-20 featuring a custom-built sonic rig. While the single is out today, the new material will be featured on the LP “Astral Hand” via Borland’s own imprint, Edison Sound, and be distributed by The Orchard in the fall of 2018.  The single premiered yesterday via Rolling Stone who calls ‘Matador & Daughters’phantasmagoric” while ‘Arcturus’  is a more “umbral, cinematic B-side.”

Matadors & Daughters’ provides a bridge between Borland’s work on his 2016 electronic rock album, “Crystal Machete and his commissioned work for Moogfest. Although the new material is slightly different and follows a more conventional song pattern, it still adheres to the same rules Borland imposed on himself for “Crystal Machete“: no unprocessed vocals, no outside help from anyone else, and no distorted guitar. “The voice rule was inspired by artists like Planningtorock, Air, Daft Punk and Aphex Twin”, Borland explains. “I want the vocals to be androgynous, between male and female. I want them to sit in that uncanny valley between human and not, not male or female, not human or electronic. Rule 2 was distorted guitars. For some reason I have no problem cranking out riff after riff, it’s like a conveyor belt in my head. It’s no challenge to write one. I wanted to disable that option. The third one, no help from outside sources was set up to challenge myself to be a better musician and engineer. The only outside help I had was mastering.
This new set of music also adheres to two additional rules. “Every single song has to have something in it that comes from Wagner’s Ring cycle — an idea or thought, or some musical element, something to me, that I’ve filtered through the Ring cycle, any of the four. And also Jan Hammer’s score to Miami Vice. That score plus something from Wagner, something from both, has to be present in every single single.

In addition to debuting new songs at Moogfest, Borland is presenting a custom sonic rig central to his performance. Describing the rig, Borland says, that “It’s basically multiple delay pedals and loopers and samplers going into a small mixing console which goes into a main sampler/looper. I’ve set up tons of instruments and made railroad tracks that come together to a central hub where I can record a loop of those things and have it run and then play over it and then have other stations that have their own loopers playing  by themselves and I can enjoy the imperfection of those things overlapping each other. I’m set up for all kinds of things to happen, including accidents.” The durational will mostly be a solo performance but will include support from Alex Rosson, former head of audio atDetroit’s Shinola and the ears and vision behind Audeze headphones. It was Rosson who introduced Borland to the Moog team (and director J.J. Abrahams), at dinner one night during which they invited Borland to perform. “Thank goodness they saw in me what I did outside of Bizkit,” Borland says of the invitation. “They’re very open minded.

This is precisely where Borland wants to be. Originally known for his work as a guitarist in 1990s rap-rock juggernaut, Limp Bizkit, Borland has increasingly established himself as a dynamic, experimental artist since leaving Limp Bizkit in 2001 through various solo and collaborative albums and projects, including industrial and metal bands Black Light Burns, Big Dumb Face, and supergroup The Damning Well (with members of Nine Inch Nails, Filter, and A Perfect Circle). “I think when you’re primarily known for songs you wrote when you were 24, it’s ridiculous that that’s it, that’s the snapshot of you in the world forever,” Borland says. “Any growth after that is looked at sideways, so it’s important to be extra good. I try to make everything I do be significant and impactful, to make people who are pigeonholing you go, ‘Oh, I like this.’ And for people who are all ‘Who do you think you are, you are some dumb alien frat boy from Limp Bizkit, we hate you,’ for them to go, ‘I accidentally listened to something this dude did and it’s actually good.’ That’s what I’m aiming for: someone with good taste in music accidentally listening to me and going, ‘Oh, I was wrong.’”


Note – article from press release

Chill #40 focuses on Moogfest 208 – plus news on Brazilian music artist Astrocrushing and Chill #39 on youtube

Chill #40 – the episode focused on Moogfest 2018 performers originally on mixcloud now available on youtube


Chill #39 episode featuring the new Amusement Parks on Fire and Stella Diana first heard on mixcloud now on youtube.


Brazilian music artist Astrocrushing’s 2017 album is on new streaming platform.

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Astrocrushing’s summer of 2017 full album “Look Down” is now available on the Spotify and Deezer platforms.  The album featuring songs recorded by multi instrumentalist Low Rhahn between the months of June and July 2017 was first released on his bandcamp page where it’s still available.

In other news….

Chill #39 featuring new releases from Amusement Parks on Fire, Tristan De Liege and Stella Diana is no longer exclusive to mixcloud.com.  The episode uploaded on April 25th is now available on the youtube page.   Also you can click the video link above.

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Chill #40  was also uploaded Saturday morning May 5th and can be found on the original mixcloud.com page.   It was made available on the youtube page on Monday night May 7th.  No worries about finding the page, its been shared at the bottom.   This episode is a curation of music artists who will be performing at Moogfest 2018 in Downtown Durham from May 17th to May 20th, 2018…in the spirit of chill music of course. It features music by Jon Hopkins, Shanti Celeste, Carla Dal Forno and others.  Tickets are still available from single day to whole event, VIP and Engineer.   Click here to purchase tickets.

Anyone considering flying to Raleigh/Durham, at this date ticket prices are surprisingly affordable (although that may change by next week so hurry) so consider “one of the 23 coolest music festivals in 2018” as a last minute decision.

Moogfest 2018 Lineup has been released. Check out the eclectic schedule and more.

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First Presbyterian Church line up of Moogfest 2016

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Chrome Sparks, Sun Glitters with Steffaloo and Tristan de Liège

The yearly event Moogfest recently unveiled its full lineup including artist-led workshops and conversations, film screenings, the addition of IBM Watson Creative Director Jennifer Sukis to its keynote program, and the premiere of a traveling exhibit from artist Ralph Steadman featuring many never-before-seen works.

As a companion to her keynote, IBM Watson Design Lead Maya C Weinstein will lead two workshops on enhancing design applications through cognitive technology. Participants will work directly with A.I. modules currently being used to inspire art and music at the highest levels, and use design thinking to conceptualize and collaborate on a specific project. No prior experience is necessary for participation.

The full schedule revealed also includes over 200 workshops, masterclasses, and conversations along with this year’s film programming, among which are “Bight of the Twin,” Genesis P-Orridge’s exploration of the origins of voodoo in Benin; the Bedroom Community tour film “Everything Everywhere All the Time”; Gavin Rayna Russom’s experimental short, “No More White Presidents”; the Armen RabiopicWhen My Sorrow Died”; and more. All films will be accompanied by an artist conversation directly following the screening. The Moogfest 2018 local programming announcement also accompanies the schedule release. Durham collective and record label Raund Haus, along with dance music curators The Floor have assembled a full slate of performances from local producers and DJs, plus one very special guest to be revealed at the festival.

This also includes a slate of rare appearances, mind-expanding masterclasses, workshops, and keynotes, plus the debut of A3, a revolutionary 3D audio environment to power exclusive performances from nine artists under the festival’s Spatial Sound banner.

Heading up this year’s lineup are German post-techno pathfinders Mouse on Mars (two performances); R&B visionary Kelela; Boogie Down Productions co-founder KRS-One; and resurgent English producer Jon Hopkins (two performances). Joining them in Phase Two are industrial music iconoclast Author & Punisher; synth pioneer Suzanne CianiDJ Stingray, former DJ for legendary techno group Drexciya; electropop diva Little Boots (two performances); afro-futurist hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces; Genesis P-Orridge’s experimental video and music ensemble Psychic TV; Bedroom Community founder Valgeir Sigurðsson with labelmate Liam Byrne; genre-defying Detroit producer Waajeed; and the apocalyptic vision of found-sound collagist Yves Tumor.

More coverage of Moogfest 2018 is still to come.  Chill #40 is planned to be uploaded to mixcloud.com/thisischill before the festival featuring music from participants of the festival and another episode will be uploaded post festival.

To view Full Moogfest 2018 Schedule: https://moogfest2018.sched.com/
For more information, visit moogfest.com.

In other news, as the Chrome Sparks and Machinedrum tour conclude at the end of the month, Chrome Sparks released its long awaited debut album self titled on April 13th.  Here’s the first single off that album.

Sun Glitters teamed up with Steffaloo again to released the single “Forever and Ever”.  This is the latest in their collaborations since the early decade.  Its available on Sun Glitter’s bandcamp page.

Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist Tristan de Liège announced the release of his latest downtempo album, Kosame,” due on Emancipator’s imprint, Loci records, April 13th . Titled after the Japanese word for “light rain”, “Kosame ” is inspired by the feelings of nostalgia, peacefulness, and transience that accompany rain.

Note:  some articles are from press releases

Chill #37 plus older episodes of chill # available on youtube

 

Chill #37 mixes darker and droney music featuring Loscil, Function & Vatican Shadow, and Moogfest 2016 alumni Alessandro Cortini plus others.  Its proof that this show attempts to feature more than your typical accessible chill music you’ll hear on satellite radio and other podcasts.  I’m not trying too hard to be different for the sake of it, because you’ll hear music that is played on other shows and stations, but this show won’t limit itself within the chill sub genre.  I’ve been a fan of atmospheric music for a long time and i’m not afraid of mixing it up – of course as long it makes sense within the show.

Recently i’ve started uploading some of the old episodes to youtube.  I have three episodes available without the fast forward restrictions.  A great benefit for mixcloud is they’re good with crediting artists, something i felt hesitant with when it came to youtube.  So far except for music being banned in certain countries, i haven’t had those problems uploading to youtube.  The artists monetary claims are working also.  Still at this time all first run’s will be uploaded to mixcloud.com.

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Chill #36

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This is Chill #36 – featuring artists under the chill music genre spectrum. For this episode we include some bright and dark and tribal and expansive atmospheres. Some of the artists featured in this episode are currently touring or will be at Moogfest 2018.

This episode features music from Andy Stott, I_like_dog_face and many more.

Chill #35

Chill #35 has been uploaded to mixcloud.com.  Check it out!  Or you can listen to the show on the conveniently placed link above.

This episode features music from artists currently touring such as HVOB and Lum who made a trip to South Florida early this month, plus Kelly Lee Owens and Machinedrum who will be touring Florida later on this year.    We also have music by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Jenny HVAC – part of the initial list of acts announced at Moogfest 2018 which once again will be held at Downtown Durham May 17th to May 20th.  Purchase tickets at the moogfest eventbrite site.

In addition we dig into the past with music by Loop Guru plus music by the late Byrn Jones of the influential Muslimgauze who died tragically a little over 19 years ago on January 14, 1999.

Chill #34 and music news – Lisa Berg, Moogfest 2018 and Astrocrushing

 

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Chill #34 was delayed due to the holidays.  I was hoping to upload an episode before the end of 2017, but realized it wouldn’t happen.  So for those of you who look for new episodes of mine i am sorry for that.

Chill #34 will feature music from Luxembourg cellist Lisa Berg who unfortunately succumbed to leukemia and passed away Dec 22nd.  She was 39.  More details here.  It was also shared on the Glittersberg Facebook page, her collaboration with Luxembourg electronic music artist Sun Glitters.  The episode will feature music from both her solo recordings and her collaboration with Sun Glitters as Glittersberg.   Plus there’s music from Andy Stott and his recording with the Latvian Radio Choir and Levi Patel.

Moogfest 2018 lineup has been announced and so far it continues to separate itself from the usual money focusing arts and music festivals.  Of course, Moogfest likes to announce in increments so you’ll likely see some acts that are touring show up but so far they’ve either announced some artists that rarely tour (MIDORI TAKADA) or some relatively unknowns ready to gather for a unique arts, discussion (Chelsea Manning) and music festival like this one.  Moogfest 2018 has experienced some controversy during the announcements (Caroline Polachek), but otherwise still ready for May 17th to May 20th in Downtown Durham, NC.

Lastly, Brazilian multimedia and musician Low Rhahn yet again has a new release of music.  This time its under Astrocrushing and the new album is called “EmeraldHeart”.  Expect to hear a plethora of shoegaze, dream and noise pop influences.  Check out his bandcamp page and click on the Emerald Heart link for more details.

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