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
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
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
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.
Martine Syms, artist Neal Reinhalda, musician
King Britt, astronomer Doug Vakoch, and OMNI Reboot editor
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
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.
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
, 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
and producer Jason Amm
Moroder and Film
A special screening of Scarface
, introduced by film composer
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Music showcases curated by experimental record labels DFA
, Crew Love
, RVNG Intl
, Fools Gold
, influential festivals Hopscotch
, and industry heavyweights such as AFROPUNK
The Windish Agency
will be part of the nighttime programming. Among the acts tapped for these curated showcases are moombahton pioneer
on their first United States tour;
, the dance floor shaking alter ego of pop-music innovator Matthew Dear; globe trotting disco and soul funk duo
, pummelling UK trio Factory Floor
; virtuoso sample-based instrumental wizard
, 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.
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