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Moogfest 2014 Announces Music Showcase Curators Including Experimental Record Labels WARP Records, Fools Gold, DFA, Ghostly International, No. 19 Music’s Social Experiment, RVNG Intl., and Driftless Recordings
Plus Electronic Tastemakers Crew Love, Brooklyn-based Cultural Organization Afropunk, Detroit’s Movement Festival, North Carolina's Hopscotch Festival, and Austin’s Switched On
“If it weren’t for Bob Moog, a lot of the music you enjoy today, might not have been possible. As the inventor of the Moog Synthesizer, he gave rise to not only the technology needed for modern electronic music, but also the creative spirit that inspired countless musicians to take his vision and play with it, mold it and reshape it into mind blowing works of art." -NPR
ASHEVILLE, NC – December 11, 2013 – Along with inviting some of the world's preeminent thought leaders to participate in the daytime conference, including multimedia artist Laurie Anderson, disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder, film composer Cliff Martinez, and instrument pioneer Roger Linn, among others, Moogfest 2014 invites Moog-inspired record labels and the music industry’s most respected taste makers to curate their own music showcases.
“These companies nurture brilliant artists that we are lucky enough to build instruments for. Our respect for them runs deep, they are experts in their niche of electronic music and we are excited that they will be bringing their unique perspectives to stages at Moogfest. We're crafting an event that celebrates the innovative spirit of Bob Moog: different modes of thinking, new ideas and technology, and intensely diverse music. These are the right group of creative curators to make that happen on the music side.“ says Emmy Parker, Brand Director, Moog Music Inc. & Moogfest.
Ghostly International's founder Sam Valenti recognizes that "The Moog history and legacy has been about the future while maintaining the craftsmanship of the past." RVNG INTL’s Matt Werth adds, "Moog has undeniably shaped the sound of electronic and experimental music since its introduction. Whether implemented in the work of the younger generation of artists on RVNG via vintage/ updated machines and soft synths or test driven by the older generation; the Moog remains an inspiration and catalyst for forward sounds."
Furthermore, Warp Records’ North American Label Manager, Josh Berman explains, "Moog pioneered the world of analog synths and brought that technology into the home studio, the sound of a Moog can be heard throughout the history of our recordings." He adds, "We experienced firsthand the great company and amazing people at Moogfest when Brian Eno, Flying Lotus and Battles performed. When we were approached to help curate, it was a no brainer to get involved." Matthew Morgan, Co-Founder of Afropunk agrees, "Robert Moog and his synthesizers have been consistent cultural drivers, taking art, music and technology (and hence, society) forward. Afropunk shares such values and aspirations."
While Fools Gold Co-Founder/DJ/Producer, Nick Catchdubs points out, “We love working with artists and brands who share the Fool's Gold ethos to innovate and (more importantly) have fun while doing so. Moog is a legendary company that's stayed DIY all these years, and you can tell their events are put together with real love and care. It's already been a lot of fun starting the process of planning our showcase." Sam Fotias, Director of Operations for Paxahau who are curating Movement Detroit’s showcase in addition to booking Moogfest’s nighttime lineup confirms, "The passion that the Moog team has for their product and company are principles that are extremely significant within our own company."
Other curators include label No.19, who has become an internationally recognized beacon for quality underground electronic music after playing unforgettable ‘Social Experiment’ parties at events such as Sonar, BPM Festival and Fabric, London, along with No. 19 Music’s latest album series, Social Experiment 003 - a compilation by legendary techno/house progenitors of the ultra-deep variety, Art Department. Also joining are Crew Love, the collaborative concept of three record labels - Wolf + Lamb, Soul Clap, and Double Standard - known for their devotion to music that challenges the mind, moves the heart, and sways the hips. Add onto that, Moogfest’s neighboring Hopscotch Festival, and Austin’s Favorite Synth Shop, Switched On, which goes beyond the scope of the typical musical instrument store including education, making it a go-to shop for both promising and prominent artists such as Trent Reznor and Vincent Gallo.
Music showcases will be part of the nighttime programming that will feature diverse, landmark musical performances by new trailblazers, early pioneers of electronic music, and major headliners in over ten venues across the city of Asheville, NC. Headliners will be announced later this month.
Moogfest 2014 GA Package - $199* Available Up Until Thursday, December 19, 2013.
After this date, GA Package increases to $299 while availabilty lasts.
Five days of mind-expanding conversation, experimentation, and collaboration for creative and technology professionals across seven venues in downtown Asheville. The conference is guided by pioneers of music and technology, and co-curated by some of the most important thinkers of today.
- 5 days, 8 venues, over 60 talks, panels, discussion, presentations, and film screenings with futurist thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, artists, and musicians. See all Speakers HERE
- New Media art installations and interactive technology experiences and exhibitions
- Film screenings
- Experimental performances
- Workshops and other interactive educational forums
- Open-source hardware hackathon
- Day programming Hours: Wednesday 3pm-7pm, Thursday - Sunday: 11am - 6pm, Sunday 11am - 3pm.
Five evenings of landmark musical performances by new trailblazers, early pioneers of electronic music, and major headliners.
- 5 Days, 10 venues, over 100 artists including concerts, experimental performances, and new music showcases.
- Headliners announced in December, 2013
- Night programming hours: Wednesday - Saturday: 7pm - 2am, Sunday 3pm - 6pm.
Moogfest VIP Package - $499*
Includes all benefits of the GA ticket PLUS:
- 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 HERE
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:
- Inaugural Five Day Expansion Announcement
- Call To Artists PR
- Circuit Bending Challenge
- Daytime Presenters Including Futurists, Musicians, Scientists, Authors, Filmmakers, and Pioneers of Electronic Music Instrument Design