Durham, N.C. — The daytime lineup for Moogfest will include a mix of music, workshops and master classes that delve into everything from biological evolution to virtual reality.
More than 250 artists will participate in the festival, which is devoted to music, art and technology, on May 19-22 at 17 walkable venues throughout the downtown Durham.
Many of the evening performers will also participate in daytime events. Some of the highlights include:
- GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan will GZA will discuss "Time Traveling with Hip Hop" in a conversation moderated by Duke University Professor of Black Popular Culture, Mark Anthony Neal.
- Master classes will be led by legendary producer and musician Daniel Lanois (U2, Peter Gabriel), ambient house pioneers The Orb, and composer and producer Ben Frost with drone trailblazer Tim Hecker. The Orb will also host the U.S. premiere of their film, Lunar Orbit.
- Reggie Watts, Tyondai Braxton, Mykki Blanco will discuss Afrofuturism, which combines elements of science fiction, astral jazz, historical fiction, psychedelic hip hop, fantasy, and magic realism in order to critique not only the present-day dilemmas but also to re-examine the historical events of the past.
- Claire Evans of YACHT will present "The Future is Unmanned," a condensed feminist history of the Internet, tracing the role of women from the human computers of the 19th century to the cyberfeminists who made videogames, hypertext novels, virtual reality projects, and non-narrative art pieces on websites and CD-ROMs before disappearing along with the bursting of the dot-com bubble.
- Pioneering synthesist Suzanne Ciani will perform in a four-hour-long experimental session with immersive visuals as part of the Durational series.
In addition to the daytime programming announcement, Moogfest also introduced that is has collaborated with The Haxan Cloak and Smashing Boxes, a Durham-based digital design firm, to turn the festival's website into an instrument. Dubbed “_substrate,” the tool allows fans to manipulate individual audio tracks to create a unique audio and 3D visual experience. It is launching with a remix by The Haxan Cloak (Moses Sumney’s cover of Laurie Anderson’s “O Superman”), and will feature other Moogfest artists.
Previously announced performers include synth-pop band Grimes and pop trio Miike Snow.
Musical experimentalist Laurie Anderson will have a two-day residency as she weaves stories and song in her solo performance, “The Language of the Future” and then returns to the stage the next day to hosts a daytime conversation.
There will be keynote presentations from satellite radio inventor and pharma tycoon Dr. Martine Rothblatt, and computer scientist Jaron Lanier, a pioneer in the field of virtual reality.
There will also be a free all-ages show including an entire day of electronic music for children hosted by DJ Lance Rock and Yo Gabba Gabba among others.
Moogfest also released a map Thursday showcasing some of the venues that will be hosting programming throughout the festival. Organizers plan to announce more locations next month.
Tickets are $249 for three-day general admission and $499 for three-day VIP passes. Tickets are on sale now.