Moogfest 2014: An Insider's Guide to Innovation

Moogfest 2014: An Insider's Guide to Innovation
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The countdown is on to Moogfest, an entirely reimagined festival that builds on the legacy of synthesizer inventor Bob Moog with five days of mind-blowing tech talks and demos, and five nights of chart-topping and mold-breaking musical acts, all happening April 23-27.

But with five packed days, 10 downtown venues, nearly 100 musical performers, 70+ speakers and panelists and a long list of free things to do, those new to this style of festival may feel a bit overwhelmed. Do not fear! Our insider's guide to Moogfest 2014 will point you in the right direction, or at least endeavor to offer a good sampling.

We are also giving away a pair of VIP tickets to Moogfest! Enter on our Facebook page.

First things first, tickets to Moogfest are available through TicketMaster at There are all-day, all-night, day-and-night and VIP tickets available. And just released this week, you can now purchase single day/night tickets.

Also, the Moogfest website has a great schedule tool that is filterable by day and by topic, perfect for planning your week or choosing a single-day ticket.

Moogfest by Day
The festival's daytime programming is jam-packed with panels and conversations, workshops and a few film screenings, including Scarface, introduced by film composer Giorgio Moroder. Here are five programs we're quite excited for:

  • The Future of Creativity: What will art look like and sound like 20, 50, 100 years from now? Three keynote addresses by Oxford University philosopher Nick Bostrom; Jerome C. Glenn, CEO of the Millennium Project; and bioethicist, transhumanist, and futurist George Dvorsky tackle the big questions.
  • The Math and Science of The Simpsons and Futurama: Simon Singh, author of The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets, leads the creators and writers from two of the greatest TV shows ever through the mysterious math and science riddles weaved into to countless episodes, including screenings of key scenes.
  • 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.
  • 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 Wonderand Chuck Lightning.
  • Immersive, Improvisatory, Durational Performances: Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner and Deerhunter's Bradford Cox perform on Moog pedals, with LCD Soundsystem's Gavin Russom on Moog synths. Dan Deacon joins in on Moogs across all platforms, from hardware to software, pedals to apps. Each performance lasting up to four hours. Anything can happen. 

Moogfest After Dark
When the sun goes down, the lights go up on 99 musical acts across downtown Asheville. Self-proclaimed "anti-pop star" M.I.A. and six-time Grammy nominees Pet Shop Boys lead the pack, as do frequent Asheville visitors Flying Lotus and Dan Deacon.

German electronic music group Kraftwerk is offering three performances of its new 3D tour, billed as a "perfectly synchronized audio-visual spectacle complete with pristine digital sound and breathtaking 3-D projections," and, of course, those cool 3D glasses.

Other can't miss concerts include rapper/producer El-P, Grammy-winning hip-hop artist Q-Tip and next generation beat poet Saul Williams.

Free Moog
Festival organizers are opening the doors on Moogfest and sharing some of the innovation and conversations with the community through everything from public art exhibits to experimental music workshops to urban architectural installations. Here are a few to look out for:

  • Moogfest's Modular Marketplace will showcase the latest and greatest from a lineup of innovative instrument makers; boutique electronics, experimental effects and modern modular synthesizers will create an interactive exhibition where the public can engage with new musical devices and their designers. The Marketplace will also host daily demonstrations, workshops and sound experiments.
  • As part of their spring project, Clemson School of Architecture’s senior students collaborated on a placemaking design that combines Asheville’s unique downtown landscape and the temporary nature of a festival. We can't share all the details of this one just yet, but keep your eyes open--you won't want to miss it!
  • Moogfest’s largest music venue will be an outdoor stage on Broadway St. in front of the Moog factory that will be free and open to the public. Shows will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (April 25th – 27th) and will feature new artists, a featured record label showcase and select headliners.
Wow--that's a lot of festival! Don't miss your chance to win a pair of VIP tickets, so you can get in to all of these shows and programs first. Enter to win on our Facebook page.

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