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Moogfest 2016: Quick Guide

Posted May 9, 2016

Moogfest 2016

Trying to figure out exactly what is happening at this year's Moogfest? This guide is your source for Moogfest in Durham.

What is Moogfest?

How do you pronounce Moog? You say Moog like "rogue."

Moogfest is the synthesis of music, art and technology.

Since 2004, Moogfest has brought together artists, futurist thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, scientists, and musicians.

By day, Moogfest is a platform for conversation and experimentation. This mind-expanding conference attracts creative and technology enthusiasts for three days of participatory programming. By night, Moogfest presents cutting-edge music in venues throughout the city. Performing artists include early pioneers in electronic music, alongside pop and avant garde experimentalists of today.

Moogfest is a tribute to Dr. Robert Moog and the profound influence his inventions have had on how we hear the world. Over the last sixty years, Bob Moog and Moog Music have pioneered the analog synthesizer and other technology tools for artists. This exchange between engineer and musician is celebrated with a unique festival format where the creative process is understood as a collaboration among many people, across time and space, in commerce and culture.

When is Moogfest?

May 19-22 in at various locations in Durham.

How do I get tickets?

Moogfest tickets can be purchased online.

General Admission tickets, which get you into all venues for performances and conference programming: conversations, workshops, and installations, are $249. VIP passes are $499. There a limited number of single-day tickets available for $129 (Thursday, Friday or Saturday) and $69 for Sunday.

Can't afford weekend passes? Moogfest has free programs

Throughout the weekend, Moogfest will offer free programs. American Tobacco Campus will be the heart of the free community events. It will house the modular marketplace (an interactive, educational and fun trade show featuring more than 25 companies), pop-up Moog factory and several art installations the Aloft Musical Playground with Critter & Guitari, Pollinator Synthesizer with Burt’s Bees and Ranjit (the soundscape will be reacting in real time to the bees inside the observation hive), and Moog’s collaboration with Yuri Suzuki called the Global Synthesizer Project. Get more info about free programming.

What music will be at Moogfest?

Odesza, Grimes, Miike Snow, Gary Numan, GZA, King Mez, Yacht, Laurie Anderson and more will be taking the stage during this year's festival. See a full list of performers at the Moogfest website. (All musicians are in blue and speakers are in orange.)

What about workshops?

Martine Rothblatt, founder and former chairman of Sirius Satellite Radio, will be speaking about transhumanism and the future of creativity and virtual humans. Jaron Lanier, one of the world's leading technology writers, will be talking about virtual reality and music.

Nick Yulman, who curates Kickstarter's Design and Technology categories, will speak about creating music techn using the popular crowd-funding site.

If you are interested in technology of any kind, there is pretty much going to be a workshop for you to attend.

See a full list of performers at the Moogfest website. (All musicians are in blue and speakers are in orange.)

Moogfest Map


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