News – Moogfest 2019 Adds Questlove and Arabian Prince (N.W.A.) to Lineup, Announces Free Outdoor Programming, Updates Exclusive Conversation Series, Workshop scheduling and More

unnamed (11)

Durham, N.C. [April 11, 2019] [press release] — Moogfest complements its lineup announcements with the addition of QuestloveArabian Prince (N.W.A.), and Madame Gandhi, plus the unveiling of this year’s free programming to take place at the American Tobacco Campus, the Full Frame Theatre, and Quarter Horse in downtown Durham, N.C., April 25–28. Additionally, Moogfest updates its exclusive conversation series, which includes: Martin Gore of Depeche Mode; Thomas Dolby in conversation with Jason Leopold; Mute Records founder, DJ, and producer, Daniel MillerGAS in conversation with The Field; and William Basinski in conversation with Craig Leon and Kelly Moran.

Fruit Co. will be the site of two special DJ sets, one by Arabian Prince, co-founder of iconic rap group N.W.A., on Friday, April 26 and the other by Questlove, drummer and frontman for Grammy Award-winning hip-hop group The Roots, on Saturday, April 27.

Free festivities at the ATC on Saturday, April 27 will feature singer/songwriter/beat maker Suzi Analogue, electronic thrash provocateurs Fartbarf, footwork originator RP Boo, and Dr. Dre collaborator and Raleigh native, Mez. The ATC stage will also feature the Modular on the Spot picnic, an outdoor modular synth performance co-founded in Los Angeles by modular synthesist and skate photographer Eric “Rodent” Cheslak, which will include a rotating cast of musicians playing for four hours.

Also on April 27, there will be a screening and discussion at the Full Frame Theatre with filmmaker, writer, and political organizer Astra Taylor, director of the documentary, What is Democracy? Topics discussed in the film and panel include: Who gets to participate in democracy? What is freedom? Can democracy even exist in an era of concentrated wealth? How can the people reclaim the power that is supposed to be theirs? Half of the tickets for the screening will be offered for free on a first come, first served basis.

The gathering at Quarter Horse on April 25 will be a celebration of diversity, featuring Party IllegalMamis and the Papis, and The Conjure — three local DJ collectives dedicated to transcending the patriarchy and exalting womxn, femmes, POCs and the LGBTQ+ community. On April 26, MicroMachines takes over Quarter Horse for a performance celebrating all things tiny, portable, and battery-powered with a crew of fellow micro-gadget wiedling artists. On April 27, beat maker collective Raund Haus teams up with Raleigh-based company Erogenous Tones who will feature their visual synth, STRUCTURE for a journey in visual synthesis.

Moogfest is also announcing the addition of Madame Gandhi to its final lineup. This will be the second appearance at Moogfest for the outspoken activist, drummer, and solo artist who made her festival debut in 2018. This year, Madame Gandhi will be presenting Femmes to the Front: An Electronic Jam Session. For this jam session, Madame Gandhi (former drummer for M.I.A., Thievery Corporation) welcomes musicians of any background to experience her creative process live and join in. Various electronic music instruments will be set up during this collaborative moderated jam session, though attendees are welcome to bring their acoustic and electronic instruments to the session as well.

Additional free programming at Moogfest includes the Modular Marketplace, a bazaar featuring the top designers of boutique music tech tools and their latest creations where attendees of all experience levels can explore electronics up close, and the Moog Pop-Up Factory, where Moog Production Engineers live-build Moog Synthesizers on site. Beyond manufacturing, the space is an immersive music tech playground where the minds at Moog create one-of-a-kind interactive experiences all technology fans can be inspired by.

The Moogfest Engineer Pass provides VIP access to the festival and the unique opportunity to work alongside Moog Music Engineers during a two-day synth-building workshop. Participants learn the foundations of analog synthesis and are guided through the process of building their own unreleased analog Moog synthesizer — no experience is necessary. This behind-the-scenes experience gives attendees the opportunity to engage Moog engineers while gaining insight into the art of electronic design. This year’s unreleased Moog design explores how electronic instruments can create an analog of the human experience, speaking directly to the way in which physical circuits can resonate within oneself, creating a “Spectral Shift.”

Moogfest Workshop schedule will be announced this Friday April 12.
Engineer and VIP sign up for workshops and Full Moogfest Day to Day Schedule will be announced by Wednesday April 17.

 

Advertisements
Featured

Important information about site

Please read the updates under the new contact and about section.

Orbital’s new single ‘Tiny Foldable Cities’ just released; paves way for first full album in five years

 

Expect ‘MONSTERS EXIST’ to be released 09/14/2018

May 11, 2018(press release): When monsters are loose in a darkening world, we need monsters of our own to fight back. After a barnstorming live reunion which saw them play to ecstatic audiences across Europe throughout 2017 Britain’s giants of electronic music Orbital announce they’re back for good – with new music and an upgrade of the legendary live show that transformed festivals across the world.

Reunited brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll release their new single, ‘Tiny Foldable Cities’ on May 11. An intricate piece of electro-hypnotica in the lineage of ‘The Box’ or ‘Style’, it restates why Orbital were always a cut above the bargain basement boom-and-bosh crew, and takes their signature sound forward into a new and fascinating phase.

Their first new album in five years – the one even fans wondered if they’d ever hear -called ‘Monsters Exist’ is out September 14. (see track-listing below).

‘Monsters Exist’ is a more classically structured Orbital album than their previous release ‘Wonky’, drawing inspiration from the international political landscape all the way back from Paul and Phil’s pre-rave squat-punk roots right up to the volatile tensions and erratic rhetoric of today.

unnamed (4)

“When you haven’t made an album in five years it just comes tumbling out,” says Paul. “Because of the global situation I was torn between writing a really aggressive Crass-type album that says ‘Fuck The Man!’ or going back to rave sensibilities. You know, let’s really rebel by stepping away and actually living that alternative lifestyle.” But the idea of ‘Monsters Exist’ tied it all together.

“You don’t need to spell out who the monsters are,” he says. “We’re not pointing our fingers at Donald Trump or Kim Jong-un. It’s clear who the monsters are. I’ve never liked preaching to people. It’s much better to provoke a bit of thought.”

Phil puts it more succinctly. “It’s a reflection on modern day monsters,” he says. “That can mean anything from bankers and The Man or your own demons and fears. The monsters inside you,” he says, evilly.

Among the tracks in progress is a cosmic piece featuring an address for the possible end of the world by Prof. Brian Cox (“It’s Brian being emo,” says Paul. “Brian Emo”). There’s also an epic state-of-the-planet title track featuring “anguish, dread and News at Ten-style drama.”

When they’re in balance these leading figures of British dance music constitute their own self-regulating yin and yang. Analytical, detail-oriented Paul listens to everything from new electronica by Nathan Fake and Jon Hopkins to Beck and Belle & Sebastian.” Born-again German techno fan Phil is hammering Bicep and the resurgent minimal sound of Berlin (he went to Berlin for the first time ever in 2017 “and I was like fucking hell, why haven’t I been here before?”). If time is a loop then Orbital have completed their own revolution to a new equilibrium.

“The master plan for this one,” says Paul, “is to make a bloody good album. And then see what happens.” ”

Orbital bring their groundbreaking live show to BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend in Belfast on May 25. Throughout 2018 they’ll play a string of high-profile festival dates and headline shows across Europe featuring new material alongside classics like ‘Chime’, ‘Belfast’ and ‘Impact’. (see full live dates below)

“We had an absolutely fantastic year with the live shows in 2017,” says Phil Hartnoll. “For instance we played the Blue Dot Festival at Jodrell Bank which was incredible, and for our London Christmas shows we really wanted to upgrade our whole production, which seemed to pay off judging by the amazing crowd reaction.  It all reminded us, yes, this is why we love doing this.”

Reconnecting with Orbital’s past, acclaimed avant-garde artist John Greenwood, who painted the famous bulbous and organic artwork for 1994’s ‘Snivilisation’ and 1996’s ‘In Sides’, will return to create the cover of ‘Monsters Exist’. Some 20 years after he first collaborated with Orbital, Greenwood’s shifting shapes and comical hybrid organisms – the Chapman Brothers meets Monsanto, or maybe Hieronymus Bosh-bosh-bosh – feel even more in sync with an era obsessed with its own genetic monsters. “We’ve always loved John’s work,” says Phil, “and it feels especially right for this record.”

This surge of creativity shows how the Hartnolls have rebuilt one of electronic music’s best-loved partnerships after Orbital’s surprisingly bitter break-up in 2012. Driven apart by music’s strange and infamous brother-vs-brother dynamic, Paul and Phil didn’t speak for five years after the ‘Wonky’ tour ended.

“When we fell out, I just couldn’t enjoy any of the amazing things we’d done over 25 years with Orbital,” says Phil. They’d been onstage with Stephen Hawking at the Paralympics, in front of the whole world. They’d remixed Madonna. They’d played Glastonbury many times and travelled the world. “And this silly row sort of poisoned it. How daft is that?”

Now the brothers have a pact. Whatever happens, Orbital does not stop. “We’ve learned to talk to each other rather than let things stew, and it’s much better,” says Phil. “We used to waste a lot of energy wondering what the other one was thinking and getting on each other’s nerves. But now we actually talk! And it’s brilliant.”

“It was silly really,” adds Paul. “We’re brothers and business partners and creative partners, so we were three times as likely to fall out. But in the end we had to remind ourselves that Orbital is something we’re really proud of and that we love doing it.”

It’s healthy, he thinks, to be reminded of how lucky you’ve been, of how you need each other, of how you’ve got to let each other play to their strengths. “If we were both the same,” says Paul, “then it wouldn’t be Orbital.”

“Battle ye not with monsters, said Friedrich Nietzche, “lest ye become a monster.” But there is more than one kind of monster and more than one kind of battle. There’s monsters of fear and tyranny, monsters of greed, and yes, the destructive monsters of sibling rivalry.

And in the other corner, fighting the good fight, are the monsters of the imagination… the monsters of rock… and the monsters of rave.

‘Monsters Exist’ is out September 14 via ACP Recordings on CD, 2CD, 2LP, 4LP Box Set & digital.

 

Track listing:

Standard CD / Deluxe Edition Disc 1
1. Monsters Exist
2. Hoo Hoo Ha Ha
3. The Raid
4. P.H.U.K.
5. Tiny Foldable Cities
6. Buried Deep Within
7. Vision OnE
8. The End Is Nigh
9. There Will Come A Time (Featuring Prof. Brian Cox)
Deluxe Edition Disc 2
1. Kaiju
2. A Long Way From Home
3. Analogue Test Oct 16
4. Fun With The System
5. Dressing Up In Other People’s Clothes
6. To Dream Again
7. There Will Come A Time – Instrumental
8. Tiny Foldable Cities – Kareful Remix

Continue reading “Orbital’s new single ‘Tiny Foldable Cities’ just released; paves way for first full album in five years”