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Moogfest show aims to lull concertgoers to sleep

Posted May 19
Updated May 20

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— The soothing and relaxing sounds of Robert Rich's music is enough to put concertgoers to sleep, which is the main objective of his show.

“I wanted to find a way to get people to experience themselves in a different kind of listening, to listen very slowly and to explore their own unconsciousness,” Robert Rich said.

That concept is precisely why Dena Morris couldn't wait to experience one of Rich's shows.

“The music is hypnotic, and it just infuses tranquility into you so much that you deeply relax but you’re still subconsciously hearing the music,” Morris said.

Morris and about 70 people took mattresses to the concert with the intention of being lulled to sleep.

The sleep concert was one of the first sold out performances at Moogfest, which is in the Triangle for the first time.

Rich said after his slow, eight hour musical journey, success will be determined by seeing how concert goers and others change in how they listen to sound.

“The sound of each other, the sound of your clothing. The sound of me moving, and the sound of the music itself is as quiet as those sounds,” Rich said.

The sleep concert is slated to begin at Thursday at 11:59 p.m. and end at 8 a.m. on Friday.

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