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Thursday, May 19
 

9:00am

Moga (Moog Yoga!)
Limited Capacity full

Moogfest Yogis (Mogis) join us on the rooftop of The Durham Hotel for an hour of vigorous Vinyasa Yoga to a Moog Music soundtrack. Jessica Collette leads you through a fun and fast-paced class with plenty of modifications and variations for everyone.

Mats are limited; please bring your own.
Towels and infused-water included.

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

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Thursday May 19, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
The Durham Hotel 315 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701

9:00am

RTP Convergence
RTP’s Convergence is an interactive installation in Downtown Durham’s CCB Plaza, inviting people to work with each other and the environment to collaboratively create cityscapes made of light.
Developed by Floating Point Collective, a field of LED rods forms a volumetric display. Each rod is equipped with a touch sensor. When touched by an attendee, colored light grows from their fingers, creating a light structure that rises into the sky and spreads outward through the other rods. When people are not interacting with the sculpture directly, another layer of interaction is revealed. The light city is affected by real time light data, shifting colored particles and allowing colors to mix in organic ways.
In developing this concept, Floating Point Collective was inspired by research practices and discoveries that have come out of Research Triangle Park. The designers were also inspired by the vision expressed in RTP’s redevelopment plans: a sustainable urban community that evolves in harmony with nature.

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Floating Point Collective

Based in Brooklyn, NY, Floating Point is an art and design collective that creates large-scale public installations and performative environments that are driven by audience participation. Floating Point believes in embracing emerging technologies, constantly seeking new forms of expression that resonate with the now, but look towards the future.  Floating Point’s work has been shown at Ars Electronica (AU), The MIT Media Lab, The... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 9:00am - Sunday May 22, 2016 11:00pm
CCB PLAZA 201 Corcoran St, Durham, NC 27701

10:00am

Moog Music Synth Building Workshop for Kids (Closed)
Come build a synth with Moog engineers!
Learn the fundamentals of synthesis and analog circuity in this unique children’s workshop.
No experience necessary.

Workshops are first come, first served and limited in capacity. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to start time. Entry is not guaranteed. 

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Moog Music

Moog Music is the leading producer of analog synthesizers in the world. The employee-owned company and its customers carry on the legacy of its founder, electronic musical instrument pioneer, Dr. Bob Moog.  All of Moog’s instruments are hand built in its factory on the edge of downtown Asheville, NC.

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STEAM

21st-century workers require skills that many of today’s graduates don’t have. Enter the STEM Education Plan: a strategy to strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math curricula across America. While industry remains tightly coupled with the STEM subjects, creative and applied arts are not always recognized for their role in catalyzing innovation. Today there is a movement to transform research policy to place Art + Design... Read More →


10:00am

Musical Rube Goldberg Workshop
The Forge Initiative invites students of all ages to explore sequencing, timing, and mechanics using Rube Goldberg Machine constructions.

Webster's Dictionary added "Rube Goldberg" to its listing, defining it as “a comically involved, complicated invention, laboriously contrived to perform a simple operation." But Rube Goldberg’s "inventions," drawn for our pleasure, can actually work. By inventing excessively complex ways to accomplish simple tasks, he entertained us and poked fun at the gadgets designed to make our lives easier.

Sequencing, timing and mechanics are critical engineering skills that are just as important in the world of music and art. The students will be using these materials to explore both basic and advanced mechanical and programming concepts by building hands on "Musical Rube Goldberg" machines. Complexity can vary between simple domino runs to complex mechanisms.

** This session is free and open to the public as part of Moogfest’s STEAM program. A festival ticket is not required. 

This workshop is limited in capacity and offered on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time. Entrance is not guaranteed.

If you would like to pre-register, you can do so directly with The Forge at http://theforgedowntown.org/moogfest  

 

 


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The Forge

The Forge Initiative believes that our future will be stronger and our communities more vibrant when people of all ages can engage collaboratively in technology. We act to create that future within each “Forge.” The team of volunteers from The Forge Initiative is made up of self-identified makers, 3D printing enthusiasts, competitive robotics experts and artists experienced in making STEAM accessible to all ages.

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STEAM

21st-century workers require skills that many of today’s graduates don’t have. Enter the STEM Education Plan: a strategy to strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math curricula across America. While industry remains tightly coupled with the STEM subjects, creative and applied arts are not always recognized for their role in catalyzing innovation. Today there is a movement to transform research policy to place Art + Design... Read More →


10:00am

Ten Minute Music
What happens when five folks come together for ten minutes with a wide choice of music-making gadgets? You get a ten minute song. Eban Crawford, aka Senator Jaiz, and Christina Cucurullo ask a few questions to start each project and then guide the participants in the creation of a sixteen-bar loop, the basis for each ten minute song. Add in natural sounds and animal calls to invent a unique aural biome. All the creations are available for download by the participants after the event. Along with the fun of creating new music, Eban and Christina will educate about song structure, a bit of music theory, and the basics of electronic music creation.

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Eban Crawford and Christina Cucurullo

Eban Crawford, also known as electronic musician Senator Jaiz, and Christina Cucurullo lead a bit of a double life. By day, Eban is the Audio Engineer at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. He creates soundscapes, music, sound effects, and even performs live soundtracks to accompany lectures. By night, Eban wears his Senator Jaiz persona and creates trip-hop, electronic chill lounge music, and classical compositions. He is the head of Reaching for... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
21c Museum Hotel, Gallery 3 111 N. Corcoran St, Durham, NC 27701

10:00am

Moog Music Synth Building Workshop (Group A1) (Closed)
Limited Capacity full

This two-day synth-building workshop, led by Moog engineers, invites a select group of enthusiasts to build and keep their very own unreleased Moog analog synthesizer and sequencer. The hands-on workshop is conducted in two, three-hour sessions within a pop-up Moog production facility.

No experience necessary, but basic soldering knowledge is recommended.

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Moog Music

Moog Music is the leading producer of analog synthesizers in the world. The employee-owned company and its customers carry on the legacy of its founder, electronic musical instrument pioneer, Dr. Bob Moog.  All of Moog’s instruments are hand built in its factory on the edge of downtown Asheville, NC.


10:00am

Modular Marketplace
An electronic bazaar shop showcasing the latest and greatest from a lineup of innovative instrument makers. Boutique electronics, experimental effects, and modern modular synthesizers combine for an interactive exhibition where the public can engage with new musical devices and their designers.

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4MS

4MS
4ms Company has been designing and building innovative audio electronics for | musicians since 1996. 4ms Company offers alternatives to traditional instruments with our poly-rhythmic clock modules that create evolving complex mathematical beat patterns, a resonator that can cast pop music into micro-tonal keys, a chaos generator that confounds attempts to make the same sound twice, a routing matrix that's played like an instrument, and... Read More →
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Artiphon

Artiphon is a consumer electronics company designing creative technologies for everyday music-making.
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Audulus

Audulus is a cross-platform visual programming environment that allows you to design sound from first principles. Audulus is a *modular* modular synthesizer, providing the ingredients to create your own modules from scratch. Classrooms and workshops around the world are already using Audulus to teach the fundamentals of synthesis. Even some analog synthesizer companies are now using Audulus to prototype new products. Audulus is frequently updated... Read More →
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Delptronics

Delptronics designs and manufactures Eurorack synthesizer modules, drum machines, and all manner of unique electronic musical instruments.
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Intellijel

Intellijel is a Canadian based team of engineers, university professors, musicians and synth geeks. | Their deep passion for electronic music has lead them to create a large range of sophisticated and high quality modular synthesizer products used by musicians and fellow synth nerds worldwide.
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Neuronics

Neuronics is an exciting new adventure in scientific sound synthesis helmed by Leon Dewan of Dewanatron and Producer Josh Humphrey.
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Reverb.com

Reverb.com's mission is to create the best place for musicians to buy and sell the gear they use to create the music they love. Our marketplace was built to foster safe and secure transactions, inspire musicians to discover more ways to expand their playing and sound, and cultivate the most vibrant and inspired music community anywhere online.
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Sunhouse

Sensory Percussion is a hardware/software system that works to bridge the gap between acoustic drum playing and electronic sound. It turns the surface of your drum into an expressive digital music controller, allowing you to control complex electronic sound mappings by just playing the drums, translating all the human nuances of live performance through to the digital sounds. While standard trigger systems turn your drum into little more than... Read More →
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Synthrotek

Synthrotek started in Seattle in late 2009 as both a business and a passion. Steve started building his own small synths by taking laser paper, acid, and an iron and etching his own boards. It occurred to him that other folks might want to do the same thing, but with much less hassle. He recruited a couple locals to help design the projects that he was working on. The Atari Punk Console was their first completed project. Since then, we have... Read More →
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WMD

WMD is a manufacturer of music hardware including Modular Synthesizers, Guitar Pedals, and stand alone music instruments. Our focus is to create quality products with an emphasis on features and versatility. In addition to our own line of products we offer manufacturing services to both startups and established modular synthesizer companies.
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Kilpatrick Audio

Kilpatrick Audio strives to create unique and interesting musical equipment designed to sound great, be fun to use, and to inspire musical ideas in the exploration of new sounds. Through use of both new and vintage circuits, and cutting edge software Kilpatrick Audio makes inspiring experiences.
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Malekko Heavy Industry Corporation

Malekko Heavy Industry Corporation designs and builds products in Portland Oregon USA, specializing in both synthesizer modules and guitar pedals. The company is co-owned by entrepreneur Josh Holley and music industry veteran Paul Barker of bands Ministry, Puscifer, Lead Into Gold, and others.
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The Counterpointer

The Counterpointer is a synthesizer that generates three-voice harmonies in the style of Bach. To an alto melody created by the user, it generates bass and soprano voices based on the rules of eighteenth–century counterpoint. Created by Luisa Pereira ––an artist, engineer, and musician based in New York City–– The Counterpointer is the first device in The Well–Sequenced Synthesizer, a series of devices that... Read More →
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Noise Engineering

Noise Engineering is character in a small footprint. Digital when it works, analog when itworks. Exploring new sound spaces to help broaden the universe of musical tone in thecontext of a proper interactive interface.
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Suit & Tie Guy

Suit & Tie Guy designs and manufactures Eurorack and Moog (MU) format modular synthesizers in the middle of America. Suit & Tie Guy develops many modular circuits, but specializes in sequencing, timing, and clock functionality in the modular environment. 
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LZX Industries

LZX Industries create modular instruments for analogue video synthesis and processing.
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Bastl Instruments

Bastl Instruments is a dynamic and community driven company focused on producinghand-made electronic musical instruments. The products we make mainly spring fromour needs we have as musicians and range from tabletop instruments and utilities tomodules for eurorack modular systems. We are based in Brno, Czech Republic wherewe also run a small shop called noise.kitchen . It all started in 2011 as Standuino andtransformed into Bastl in 2013. In 2015... Read More →
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Mutable Instruments

Olivier Gillet has been crafting audio signal processing code for more than two decades, working on projects as diverse as research on drum loop analysis or automatic music transcription, recommendation systems for online music services, game audio engines, or one of the very first mobile DAW. In 2009, he designed his first hardware synthesizer, the Shruti-1, to teach himself electronics. The project became popular in the Synth DIY community, and... Read More →
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Bleep Labs

Bleep Labs
Bleep Labs has been designing and building analog and digital synthesizer kits and noise | friends since 2006.
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Modular Marketplace

From an instrument that can make any musical sound imaginable to the latest DIY modular synthesizers, Moogfest 2016 will showcase the future of electronic music at the Modular Marketplace, a free, interactive pop-up where fans can play with, test-drive, and experience the next generation of musical devices and meet their designers. | | Playing the wares and interacting with the designers is encouraged in this pulsating electronic instrument... Read More →
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Black Market Modular

Black Market Modular is a modular synthesizer/accessories/cable manufacturer and is the designer of the new open-source "modular-modular" format known as ColourCV with it's release of the eurorack version of the Colour Palette.
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Sputnik Modular

Modular Synths influenced by West Coast design philosophy.
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ZVEX Modular

After nearly two decades of designing innovative guitar pedals, ZVEX Effects is entering the modular synthesizer market by debuting it's new line of eurorack modules.
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Big City Music

Big City Music is a Los Angeles based synth shop with boutique pedals, modular synths, and other electronic instruments exclusive to BCM. We have specialized in analog synth sales since 1995, first in vintage equipment sales and eventually expanding into the growing "new" analog market.
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Make Noise

What started as a re-visioning of jettisoned music technology grew into a crew of folks— Make Noise—working together in Asheville, NC, to design and build some pretty strange, but thoughtful modular synthesizers. We see our instruments as a collaboration with musicians who create once in a lifetime performances that push boundaries and play the notes between the notes to discover the unfound sounds. We want our instruments to be an... Read More →
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Electric Objects

EO1 by Electric Objects is an Internet-connected screen designed specifically for art, capable of playing video, animations, high definition images, or web-based work. Discover and display more than 10,000 works of art. Browse collections curated by prominent artists, publishers, libraries, and museums, and keep anything you like. Display your own GIFs, pics, video, and web art, too.
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Endangered Audio Research

Endangered Audio Research is a boutique guitar pedal and modular synthesizer company based in Asheville, North Carolina. Focusing on rescuing and updating old and forgotten circuits, EAR brings vintage sound to the modern market without the vintage price tag.
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Erogenous Tones

Erogenous Tones is an audio hardware and software company founded by Rick Burnett in 2015 to pursue his passions as an electrical engineer and musician. After being introduced to the eurorack modular format at Moogfest 2012, his interest was drawn towards participation in the modular community - leading him to collaborate with Andrew Morelli and Steady State Fate on his first modular offering 'GateStorm’, an advanced gate generator... Read More →


10:00am

The Global Synthesizer Project
Yuri Suzuki and Moog Music proudly present 'The Global Synthesizer Project,' an interactive electronic musical instrument installation where users can synthesize environmental sounds from around the world. Utilizing an arch be of atmospheric field recordings from diverse geographies, 'The Global Synthesizer Project' empowers users to create new sonic environments through the manipulation of the source material.

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Yuri Suzuki

Yuri Suzuki is a sound artist, designer, and electronic musician who produces work that explores the realms of sound through exquisitely designed pieces. | | After working with Japanese art unit Maywa Denki–where he developed a strong interest in music and technology–he moved to London to study at the Royal College of Art. While in school, Yuri did some work for Yamaha, and after graduating in 2008, he opened his own studio in... Read More →


10:00am

PLAY—Sound
Play–Sound is an interactive sound installation by global design & innovation firm, IDEO.
This installation explores sound and creative play through a body-scaled, playful composition of inflatable spheres. Each sphere is equipped with inertial motion sensors—acceleration, rotation, and the Earth’s magnetic fields—enabling the composition of spheres to act as a gestural musical interface. The gestures are interpreted through machine learning and used to sculpt an evolving dynamic sonic output.

Participants play these spheres alone or in groups as a giant beach-ball powered synthesizer!

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IDEO

IDEO
IDEO (eye-dee-oh) is a leading global design firm that takes a human-centered, design-based approach to helping organizations grow. Powered by 600+ people in 10 offices across the globe, we work closely with our clients—start-ups, leading brands, private, public and social sectors—to unlock their creative potential and create positive impact through design.


Thursday May 19, 2016 10:00am - 7:00pm
The Cage 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701

10:00am

Pollinator Synthesizer
The Pollinator Synthesizer is a generative soundscape, reacting in real time to the bees inside the Burt’s Bees Observation Hive. Microphones and optical sensors detect bees moving in and out. Capacitive sensors detect presence and movement of the bees. Temperature and humidity sensors track subtle variations in the hive near the queen. All that data is interpreted into a droning ambient bee-inspired soundscape.

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Ranjit Bhatnagar

Ranjit works with interactive and sound installations, scanner photography, and, internet-based collaborative art. Recent works have been exhibited at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, the Parc d’aventures scientifiques in Belgium, Flux Factory in Queens, in the Artbots series at Eyebeam Atelier and the Pratt Institute in New York, and the Mermaid Show at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Brooklyn. He recently taught... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 10:00am - 7:00pm
American Tobacco Campus 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701

10:00am

THETA: Virtual Reality
THETA (Θ) is a guided meditation virtual reality spa: an experiential installation founded on principles of sensorial decadence and medical relaxation.

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Flatsitter

Flatsitter is an interdisciplinary collaboration that incorporates video, software programming, performance and installation. Our artistic works nurture a perception of society, community and environment as interlocking parts of a creative experience and are exhibited in an array of formats, such as ephemeral web collections, live performances, site-specific installations, and live virtual reality experiences utilizing the Oculus Rift. Flatsitter... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 10:00am - 7:00pm
21c Museum Hotel, Gallery 1 111 N. Corcoran St, Durham, NC 27701

10:00am

Celebrating the Work of Don Buchla: From the Collection of Richard Smith

Don Buchla is an American pioneer in the field of sound synthesis. A contemporary of Bob Moog, Buchla designed and sold Modular synthesizers starting in 1963.

Richard Smith, an electronics technician and musician with over fifteen years of experience in the restoration of historic high-end systems by Buchla, Moog, ARP, and EMS, has amassed the world’s most complete collection of electronic instruments ever assembled by designer Don Buchla, comprised of discrete instruments as well as prototypes, historical photographs, brochures and support documentation spanning 1965 to 2005. Moogfest celebrates the work and legacy of Don Buchla with an exhibition curated from the collections of Richard Smith, Suzanne Ciani, Kurt Kurasaki, and Switched On, featuring rare Buchla devices and ephemera spanning over 50 years.

Presented by Red Bull Music Academy.

Richard Smith, along with Alessandro Cortini, Morton Subotnik, Sarah Davachi, and Suzanne Ciani, honor Don Buchla in a very special concert at 3:45pm on Friday, May 20th at the Durham Arts Council PSI Theatre.

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Richard Smith

Richard Smith is an electronics technician and musician with over fifteen years of experience in the restoration of historic high-end systems by Buchla, Moog, ARP, and EMS. His clients include some of the most influential electronic artists of the last fifty years, musicians such as Morton Subotnick, Suzanne Ciani, Aphex Twin, and The Chemical Brothers, as well as respected institutions such as Mills College, New York University, and the... Read More →

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Instrument Innovators

Since the first humans stood upright, people have been compelled to make sounds and compose them into rhythm and song. Humanity progresses, societies evolve, and expressions, representations, and tastes shift wildly, but the drive to make tools that produce music has, and will always, permeate all cultures. Once instrument builders first began to harness electronic technologies into new possibilities for instrument design, the... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 10:00am - 8:00pm
Durham Arts Council Foyer 120 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701

10:00am

Body Scrub, Gender
Current Trajectory: 
Sensing a new convergence of the Cinematic and Performing Arts, Kurosh uses inexpensive video game technology to amplify the body language. On stage, his Body Scrub Device returns control of the audience experience​ to performers. And off the stage, it is a virtual fun-house mirror encouraging spectators to become the spectacle. Body Scrub; Gender was intended for display at/near public bathrooms. It reflects viewer-participants as male and female symbols, suggesting gender is fluid, and not a binary as indicated at these facilities.

Title: Body Scrub, Gender
Media: Interactive Installation
Hardware: Kinect sensor, dual-boot Mac mini, High Definition LED screen; 
Software: Unity game-engine, Zigfu plug-in, Photoshop, After Effects
Credits: Kurosh ValaNejad created the Body Scrub device at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.  Game Innovation Lab Research Associate Todd Furmanski wrote the code, Art assets used to develop and test the software were created by USC Animation MFA candidates Nesli Erten. And technical guidance and artistic encouragement was provided by Vangelis Lympouridis, Visiting Scholar at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

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Kurosh ValaNejad

Research Artist, USC Cinema
Kurosh ValaNejad is an Iranian-American who was born an American-Iranian in Tehran in 1966 to an Iranian father and an American mother.  In 1977, just before the Iranian Revolution, he moved to Midwest City, Oklahoma.  He now lives in the west Mid-City neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.   Since 2001, he has helped develop well-meaning computer applications, aka Serious games, at USC research labs where his work has... Read More →


10:00am

The WiFi Whisperer
Wireless is one of the most ubiquitous means of digital connectivity, shaping our experience of networks and the internet. But far from being a neutral medium, these networks often betray their users. This can happen when an internet provider decides to monitor or manipulate your data, but also when someone nearby listens in on your activity, or even tricks your device into telling them more than it should. 

The WiFi Whisperer is an art installation that explores the social nature of the WiFi protocol, introducing some important technical concepts for understanding WiFi and networks, and creatively interprets data from the air. 

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Kyle McDonald

Kyle McDonald created People Staring at Computers, a Tumblr Blog and art project, in June of 2011. McDonald installed an application to take pictures of Apple Store customers in the West 14 Street and SoHo Street Apple Stores in Manhattan. McDonald would also take video of the customer’s reactions once the picture was taken. The project was complete after three days and in total collected over a thousand photographs of Apple Store... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:00pm
Carolina Theatre Alcove 309 W Morgan St, Durham, NC 27701

11:00am

Beats & Star Wars Demo
Blackspace hosts a beat making and coding demo, that takes youth from Durham, to a galaxy far, far away. Beat Making Lab™ co-founder Pierce Freelon and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Design Center at NC State present an app currently in development that would allow youth from around the world to share music and ideas through at Darth-vader robot. Participants get a brief history of the project, exchange sounds and make a beat together.

** This session is free and open to the public as part of Moogfest’s STEAM program. A festival ticket is not required. 

This workshop is limited in capacity and offered on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time. Entrance is not guaranteed.

 


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Pierce Freelon

Pierce Freelon is an Afro-futurist, professor, musician, and organizer. He is the creator of Blackspace—a digital makerspace based in Durham, North Carolina; and the co-founder/host of the PBS web-series Beat Making Lab. He teaches in the Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies at UNC Chapel Hill, and is the front-man of the jazz/hip hop quartet The Beast.

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Afrofuturism

Do androids dream of analog synths? Combining elements of science fiction, astral jazz, historical fiction, psychedelic hip hop, fantasy, and magic realism with non-Occidental cosmologies in order to critique not only the present-day dilemmas of the other, but also to revise, interrogate, and re-examine the historical events of the past. From the vibrant, frenetic canvases of Jean-Michel Basquiat to the extraterrestrial mythos of... Read More →
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STEAM

21st-century workers require skills that many of today’s graduates don’t have. Enter the STEM Education Plan: a strategy to strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math curricula across America. While industry remains tightly coupled with the STEM subjects, creative and applied arts are not always recognized for their role in catalyzing innovation. Today there is a movement to transform research policy to place Art + Design... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Full Frame Theater 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701

11:00am

Musical Rube Goldberg Workshop
The Forge Initiative invites students of all ages to explore sequencing, timing, and mechanics using Rube Goldberg Machine constructions.

Webster's Dictionary added "Rube Goldberg" to its listing, defining it as “a comically involved, complicated invention, laboriously contrived to perform a simple operation." But Rube Goldberg’s "inventions," drawn for our pleasure, can actually work. By inventing excessively complex ways to accomplish simple tasks, he entertained us and poked fun at the gadgets designed to make our lives easier.

Sequencing, timing and mechanics are critical engineering skills that are just as important in the world of music and art. The students will be using these materials to explore both basic and advanced mechanical and programming concepts by building hands on "Musical Rube Goldberg" machines. Complexity can vary between simple domino runs to complex mechanisms.

** This session is free and open to the public as part of Moogfest’s STEAM program. A festival ticket is not required. 

This workshop is limited in capacity and offered on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time. Entrance is not guaranteed.

If you would like to pre-register, you can do so directly with The Forge at http://theforgedowntown.org/moogfest  

 


Talent
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The Forge

The Forge Initiative believes that our future will be stronger and our communities more vibrant when people of all ages can engage collaboratively in technology. We act to create that future within each “Forge.” The team of volunteers from The Forge Initiative is made up of self-identified makers, 3D printing enthusiasts, competitive robotics experts and artists experienced in making STEAM accessible to all ages.

Program Themes
avatar for STEAM

STEAM

21st-century workers require skills that many of today’s graduates don’t have. Enter the STEM Education Plan: a strategy to strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math curricula across America. While industry remains tightly coupled with the STEM subjects, creative and applied arts are not always recognized for their role in catalyzing innovation. Today there is a movement to transform research policy to place Art + Design... Read More →


11:00am

The Aloft Hotel Musical Playground
The Aloft Hotel Musical Playground is an immersive installation incorporating analog and digital instruments. Anyone can play, loop, record, and share their music.
Housed in a 24-foot geodesic dome, the Musical Playground will consist of several instruments by Critter and Guitari, as well as a host of sequencers, theremins, synthesizers, and pedals. The instruments are arranged in a circular configuration on a series of sculptural pedestals to prompt collaboration. All instruments are simultaneously powerful, playful, and intuitive. Speakers play back sounds for those in the tent. Attendees are able to build layers of sound, pass sounds from one another, play with resonance, invent new musical games, alter playback speed, and explore new harmonies. In the Musical Playground, the possibilities are endless.

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Critter & Guitari

Critter & Guitari designs and manufactures musical instruments and video synthesizers. After meeting in school, Critter & Guitari’s founders, Owen Osborn and Chris Kucinski, began playing music together. It wasn’t long before they started building musical instruments too. Their fascination with technology, materials and design led them down different creative avenues: producing interactive sculptures, developing commercial... Read More →
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George Langford

George Langford is one half of the eclectic collage-pop band Javelin. Signed to Luaka Bop, a world music label started by David Byrne, Javelin is known for its high-energy performances, left-field remixes and all over the map catalog. They are Moogfest alums, class of 2010. When not performing with the band, George is a commercial composer, music educator, apple farmer and close cohort of Critter & Guitari.
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Chris Powell

Christopher Powell (aka Pow Pow, aka PayPow, aka Powserati) is a self-taught rhythm scholar, producer, and beat-maker living in Philadelphia, PA.  As a main contributor in the Philadelphia art and sound collective Need New Body, which fused improvisation with popular song structures, Powell began a career of international recording and performance, creating music at the nexus of art and entertainment. Since 1999, he has collaborated... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 11:00am - 8:00pm
Diamond View Park 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701

12:00pm

The Exchange: Switchboard Synthesizers
The Exchange Project is an installation of repurposed antique manual telephone switchboards converted into a working modular synthesizer system, enabling the user to embody early telephone operator demoiselles at work; to see and touch audio pathways that networks of voices once travelled.

Antenes (Lori Napoleon) will reconstruct a manual telephone exchange office with a new functionality: patchable synth circuits housed in obsolete telephone switchboards. Inspired by how the inventions and uses of early telephony remain in today's instrument design, this project combines audio synthesis, sculpture, hacking and telephony. Modular synthesizers are enjoying a comeback as seen in the growth of manufacturers, kits, retail and online shops; The Exchange re-introduces a facet of audio history that traces its lineage back to the early telephone industry - reaching into these archives, traversing rural basements of telecom enthusiasts that house dusty, now non-functional relics, and brings them back to a life of patching signals that can be seen, felt, and heard. Antenes will perform daily at the Moog Fest and also provide an interactive demo and Q and A of the process. The conceptual impetus stems from the interplay of human operators with technology, exploring parallels between the musician, the technician, the worker, and the machine as living portal for content to pass. What makes an interface endure for over a century?

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Antenes

Antenes is a NYC-based DJ, producer, and electronics artist. She works in the tradition of object trouvé by following the lineage of synthesizer operation to vintage telephone equipment, and bringing them back to a life of patching signals by transforming them into her self-built laboratory of synthesizers and sequencers. Her solo production debut, The Track of a Storm vinyl EP on L.I.E.S., reveals three tracks of otherworldly techno... Read More →

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Hacking Sound (Systems)

The resurgence of a technological Maker Culture is undeniable, and Moogfest is a gathering for all those enthused by new tools for creative expression. This program includes a historical look at the evolution of dub reggae and home-made sound systems, radiating outwards from its native Jamaica. These artists and producers were hardware hackers, much like the creative technologists working on interactive sonic experiences and generative music... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 12:00pm - 6:00pm
The Carrack 111 W Parrish St, Durham, NC

1:00pm

Modular Marketplace Guided Introduction
Join us for a guided introduction to the circuit designers, software coders, UX designers, retail experts, artists, producers, and engineers creating new sounds and ideas at the Modular Marketplace. The Modular Marketplace is a place where electronic instrument makers come to discuss, demonstrate, discover, and sell musical electronics. Here you’ll be able to have hands on tutorials with modular synthesizers, vintage synthesizers, digital audio workstation, analog and digital effects processors, iOS Music applications, robotic sequencers, aleotoric composition tools, DIY kits, one-of-a-kind instruments, and more.

** This session is free and open to the public as part of Moogfest’s STEAM program. A festival ticket is not required. 

This guided introduction is limited in capacity and offered on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time. Entrance is not guaranteed.

 

 

1:00pm

Musical Rube Goldberg Workshop
The Forge Initiative invites students of all ages to explore sequencing, timing, and mechanics using Rube Goldberg Machine constructions.

Webster's Dictionary added "Rube Goldberg" to its listing, defining it as “a comically involved, complicated invention, laboriously contrived to perform a simple operation." But Rube Goldberg’s "inventions," drawn for our pleasure, can actually work. By inventing excessively complex ways to accomplish simple tasks, he entertained us and poked fun at the gadgets designed to make our lives easier.

Sequencing, timing and mechanics are critical engineering skills that are just as important in the world of music and art. The students will be using these materials to explore both basic and advanced mechanical and programming concepts by building hands on "Musical Rube Goldberg" machines. Complexity can vary between simple domino runs to complex mechanisms.

** This session is free and open to the public as part of Moogfest’s STEAM program. A festival ticket is not required. 

This workshop is limited in capacity and offered on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time. Entrance is not guaranteed.

If you would like to pre-register, you can do so directly with The Forge at http://theforgedowntown.org/moogfest  

 


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The Forge

The Forge Initiative believes that our future will be stronger and our communities more vibrant when people of all ages can engage collaboratively in technology. We act to create that future within each “Forge.” The team of volunteers from The Forge Initiative is made up of self-identified makers, 3D printing enthusiasts, competitive robotics experts and artists experienced in making STEAM accessible to all ages.

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STEAM

21st-century workers require skills that many of today’s graduates don’t have. Enter the STEM Education Plan: a strategy to strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math curricula across America. While industry remains tightly coupled with the STEM subjects, creative and applied arts are not always recognized for their role in catalyzing innovation. Today there is a movement to transform research policy to place Art + Design... Read More →


2:00pm

Durham Tech Startup Tour
Limited Capacity full

Join for a 30 minute tour providing background on the historic transformation of this once depressed tobacco town into a city smoking with tech companies. Durham now boasts more than 300 startup companies and over $1.5 B in exits in the past three years. All tours led by local startup founders and leaders and promise to be lively and entertaining.

** This workshop is limited in capacity and offered on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time. Entrance is not guaranteed.

 

 

2:00pm

Bastl meets Casper to make bitRanger!
Bastl Instruments discusses their ongoing product line of eurorack modules, and introduces and demos their new product: the bitRanger!
The bitRanger is a patchable analog logic computer that sculpts sonic worlds ranging from data noise to melodic arpeggios. While being a handheld standalone synth, its extensive connectivity makes it so flexible that it can connect to almost anything: CV control its unique sound, sync it with drum machines and sequencers, or use it as an algorithmic CV / GATE pattern generator.

Thursday May 19, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Full Frame Theater 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701

2:00pm

Greg Fox: Durational Sound Installation
Drummer polymath Greg Fox kicks off Moogfest’s durational series. His drumming performance is accompanied by immersive live visuals, presented by Undervolt & Co. Whether behind a conventional kit or a hybridized electro-acoustic drum setup, Fox’s swarming blast beats and hypnotic polyrhythms ride the cutting-edge. Exploring rhythm’s preverbal language through pure musical athleticism, Fox stretches the possibilities of drumming in the information age.
Visuals by Andrew Benson.

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Greg Fox

Greg Fox is among many other things a drummer from New York City. Born in 1985, he has studied under Thurman Barker (Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor), Marvin “Bugalu” Smith (Sun Ra, Archie Shepp), and Guy Licata (Bill Laswell, Dr. Israel, Apsci), and currently is a sometimes-student of the legendary Milford Graves. Working as a solo artist and in collaboration with many various musicians and projects over the past ten years (among... Read More →


2:00pm

Realiti - Inside the Music of Grimes

Realiti – Inside the Music of Grimes is an environment that celebrates music, art and technology by offering fans a unique chance to remix the track ‘Realiti’ by festival headliner Grimes. Redefining the music experience, the installation invites visitors to manipulate their surroundings as they explore an ever-evolving world. 

The installation’s system is a part of Microsoft’s ongoing Music x Tech program. Powered by Microsoft's Kinect technology, the innovative hardware recognizes and tracks each interaction with the installation, translating the data into unique sounds and visuals. The result is a dynamic and immersive environment that blurs the line between creator and audience.

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Grimes

Since her critically acclaimed third album, Visions, was released, the Canadian electronic musician and producer Claire Boucher (a.k.a. Grimes) has toured the world and become an international phenomenon. She's headlined festivals, performed on late night television programs such as Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Later With Jools Holland, and has graced the cover of countless music and fashion magazines. During this time she wrote, produced... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 2:00pm - 8:00pm
DCC PLAZA 301 West Morgan St, Durham, NC 27701

2:30pm

Future Projections: Memories of the Space Age

FUTURE PROJECTIONS : MEMORIES OF THE SPACE AGE

Ephraim Asili + Deborah Stratman + Chris Marker + Jacolby Satterwhite + Harun Farocki + John Whitney

“Here are clouds formed from squares.” – Harun Farocki

A collection of visionary works from days not-yet-past, films and videos which peer backwards on the promises of what-is-to-be.  Anchored by the late French essayist Chris Marker’s reality distortion machine and illustrated with oracular 15th century astronomical broadsides + NASA JPL footage (Stratman), gloriously CGI’d home movie footage (Satterwhite) and early computer-generated motion graphics (Whitney), this program takes Harun Farocki’s inquiry into a technology-of-representation as a metaphor for our own collective advance.  Featuring music by Terry Riley and the world premiere of a new work by Ephraim Asili!

FEATURING:

Memories of the Space Age by Ephraim Asili (3:00, video, 2016)

These Blazeing Stars by Deborah Stratman (14:16, 16mm, 2011)

2084 by Chris Marker (10:00, video, 1984)

The Country Ball by Jacolby Satterwhite (12:38, video, 2012)

Parallel I by Harun Farocki (15:00, video, 2014)

Matrix III by John Whitney (10:00, video, 1971)

TRT 66


FUTURE PROJECTIONS is a 9-part screening program of short film and video work drawn from 125 years of techno-prophecy and oracular future-visions.  Taking its title from distopian sci-fi author JG Ballard’s short story collection of the same name, each program in Memories of the Space Age follows the thread of a different tale, tracing out a conceptual audiovisual line into the (im)possible horizons of our future planet(s) – an Earth vibrating under the heat of multiple suns, subject to the pull of infinite moons, and peopled by a population not unlike our own.  Herein are 45+ short films, videos and movies-with-live-soundtracks conjured forth by the most forward-thinking media artists of our time(s): from computer pioneers to mechanical futurists, FX wizards to analogue feedback architects, landscape holographers to post-human anthropologists, cyber-essayists to Uncanny Valley voyagers, cut-up creationists to magical (un)realists, and 16mm futurologists to digital humanists – Future Projections presents a kinetic and syncretic history of All That Is Yet To Be.

Highlights include an embedded 16mm tribute to the great musician and filmmaker Tony Conrad (RIP); two radical video synth landscapes by Montreal artist Sabrina Ratté; Japanese noise filmmaker Makino Takashi’s 3D-immersive Cinéma Concrete, late German essayist Harun Farocki’s videogame dissection Parallel I-IV, French avant-garde filmmaker Rose Lowder’s flicker tour-de-force Bouquets 21-30, Cauleen Smith’s Eternals-track’d Afrofuturist collage Songs for Earth and Folk, commissions of 9 new shorts by local and national filmmakers, and more!

FEATURING NEW COMMISSIONS BY: Alee Peoples + Bill Brown + Brendan and Jeremy Smyth + Edward Rankus + Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby + Ephraim Asili + Mary Helena Clark + Sabine Gruffat + Stephanie Barber

FEATURING FILMS / VIDEOS BY: Adam Beckett + Barbara Hammer + Basma Alsharif + Beatrice Gibson + Ben Rivers + Cauleen Smith + Chris Marker + David O’Reilly + Deborah Stratman + Doris Chase + Harun Farocki + Hollis Frampton + Jacolby Satterwhite + Jeremy Bailey + Jesse McLean + JJ Murphy + John Whitney + Lawrence Jordan + Lillian Schwartz +  Louis Henderson + Makino Takashi + Michael Robinson + Mike Stoltz + OJOBOCA + Peter Burr + Pierre Huyghe +  Rachel Rose + Rosa Barba +  Rose Lowder + Sabrina Ratté + Sara Magenheimer + Scott Bartlett + Semiconductor + Shambhavi Kaul + Tony Conrad + Wojciech Bakowski + Yuri Ancarani


With support from the Video Data Bank, www.vdb.org



Thursday May 19, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Carolina Theatre, Cinema 2 309 W Morgan St, Durham, NC 27701

2:30pm

Exploring Patterns in Nature with Data Garden
Limited Capacity full

Participants are invited to explore the relationship between changes in the activities of sonified plants and their own thoughts, feelings, actions and intentions through guided listening exercises in this Data Garden workshop. Special attention will be spent on examining the role of sending and receiving vibrational energy as well as discovering ways messages from nature and from our bodies can serve us in everyday life.

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

By registering for a workshop, you acknowledge that Moogfest may share your email address with the instructor for the purpose of planning and coordinating this event. 

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Joe Patitucci

Joe Patitucci is a multimedia healing artist working to foster connection to intuitive states and the natural world. A central part of his work is the design of harmonious environments that provide space for guests to explore, discover, and connect to subtle realms of reality. Those engaging in Joe’s work are seen as participants in a ritual of self-discovery. Through media generated by bio-responsive systems and through dialogue, he... Read More →


2:30pm

IBM Watson 202: Cognitive Tech. for Developers
Limited Capacity full

This developer workshop is a hands on experience with IBM's Watson. Starting with a set of Watson services, attendees of all skill levels build several Powered by Watson apps, gaining experience using cognitive technologies.
This workshop is perfect for application developers and technical leaders who want to learn how to use next-gen technology to revolutionize products and applications.

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

By registering for a workshop, you acknowledge that Moogfest may share your email address with the instructor for the purpose of planning and coordinating this event.  

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IBM Watson

Watson is the first commercially available cognitive computing capability, representing a new era in computing. Watson analyzes high volumes of data and processes information more like a human than a computer—by understanding natural language, generating hypotheses based on evidence, and learning as it goes. | The IBM Watson Ecosystem is a growing community of new and established businesses tapping into more than 30 Watson APIs to bring... Read More →

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Art & Artificial Intelligence

We are entering into a new age of computer science research: an age where machine learning algorithms use neural networks or probabilistic Markov models to emulate thinking, and consequently, conscious creativity. It is not merely encyclopedic knowledge, but creative problem solving that will define the future of artificial intelligence. What does it mean if computers be taught to hear, write, improvise, and play music? And can they do it in a... Read More →


3:00pm

IBM Watson 101: Introduction to Cognitive Tech.
IBM Watson is a cognitive system that enables a new partnership between man and machine. Today, hundreds of innovators and developers are using the Watson platform to build cognitive applications that are disrupting the industries in which they operate. Watson is starting to bring an added dimension of creativity and fun to new areas like art, design, and even music. The Watson teams discusses the work that Watson is doing and what it may mean to you.

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IBM Watson

Watson is the first commercially available cognitive computing capability, representing a new era in computing. Watson analyzes high volumes of data and processes information more like a human than a computer—by understanding natural language, generating hypotheses based on evidence, and learning as it goes. | The IBM Watson Ecosystem is a growing community of new and established businesses tapping into more than 30 Watson APIs to bring... Read More →

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Art & Artificial Intelligence

We are entering into a new age of computer science research: an age where machine learning algorithms use neural networks or probabilistic Markov models to emulate thinking, and consequently, conscious creativity. It is not merely encyclopedic knowledge, but creative problem solving that will define the future of artificial intelligence. What does it mean if computers be taught to hear, write, improvise, and play music? And can they do it in a... Read More →


3:00pm

Synth Design Icon
David Friend, former co-founder and president of ARP, talks about the state of the industry when ARP got started in 1969, the evolution of ARP from university electronic music studios to stage instruments, the development of their brand and performing artist program, where they succeeded and where they failed, ARP’s technological innovations, and the impact ARP left on the industry.

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David Friend

David Friend has been a successful technology entrepreneur for over 25 years. After serving as President of ARP Instruments, he co-founded five companies: Carbonite, Sonexis, FaxNet, Pilot Software, and Computer Pictures Corporation. In 2010, David was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Emerging Technology category for the New England Region. He has been featured in USA Today, Tech Capital, The Boston Globe, Mass HiTech... Read More →

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Instrument Innovators

Since the first humans stood upright, people have been compelled to make sounds and compose them into rhythm and song. Humanity progresses, societies evolve, and expressions, representations, and tastes shift wildly, but the drive to make tools that produce music has, and will always, permeate all cultures. Once instrument builders first began to harness electronic technologies into new possibilities for instrument design, the... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Full Frame Theater 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701

3:00pm

Black Wall Street Beats at Blackspace
Limited Capacity full

In this workshop, kids sample the sights and sounds of Black Wall Street, the historic hub of African American financial activity in Durham, North Carolina during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

During a time period when disenfranchising blacks and openly violating their rights was common, the black populations of Durham were making strides in business that would question the legitimacy of white supremacy, all on Parrish Street in Downtown Durham.
Take a walk down Black Wall Street with Pierce Freelon, collect sounds, and make some music out of it at Blackspace - Durham’s Afrofuturism digital makerspace.

** This session is free and open to the public as part of Moogfest’s STEAM program. A festival ticket is not required. 

This workshop is limited in capacity and offered on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time. Entrance is not guaranteed.

 


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Pierce Freelon

Pierce Freelon is an Afro-futurist, professor, musician, and organizer. He is the creator of Blackspace—a digital makerspace based in Durham, North Carolina; and the co-founder/host of the PBS web-series Beat Making Lab. He teaches in the Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies at UNC Chapel Hill, and is the front-man of the jazz/hip hop quartet The Beast.

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Afrofuturism

Do androids dream of analog synths? Combining elements of science fiction, astral jazz, historical fiction, psychedelic hip hop, fantasy, and magic realism with non-Occidental cosmologies in order to critique not only the present-day dilemmas of the other, but also to revise, interrogate, and re-examine the historical events of the past. From the vibrant, frenetic canvases of Jean-Michel Basquiat to the extraterrestrial mythos of... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Blackspace Beat Lab 212 W Main Street, Durham, NC 27701

3:00pm

Synthesize Sounds with Live Code in Sonic Pi
Limited Capacity full

Sonic Pi is a powerful new kind of synthesiser designed to be simple enough for anybody to use. By expressing your ideas in simple lines of code you can quickly create your own sonic compositions and before you know it you're modifying the code as it's playing to create your own live performances. 

In this kickstarter workshop, we learn, jam, explore, share and perform with each other all through the beautiful creative medium of code. Use Sonic Pi to trigger synth patches, samples, studio FX and live loops.

No prior knowledge of coding is required - just an open mind to new ways of creating and manipulating sounds.


Please bring along a laptop and some headphones with Sonic Pi pre-installed. Simply head to http://sonic-pi.net and download the appropriate version for your operating system (Mac, Windows or Linux).

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

By registering for a workshop, you acknowledge that Moogfest may share your email address with the instructor for the purpose of planning and coordinating this event.  
 

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Sam Aaron

Sam Aaron defines, evaluates, and manipulates code live. Harnessing thepower of hand-coded algorithms, he surfs deterministic random streams to improvise unique rhythmic and melodic structures to dance to. | | Sam codes with Sonic Pi - free software he created used throughout theworld to teach coding in schools, making live coding music accessible toeveryone.

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Hacking Sound (Systems)

The resurgence of a technological Maker Culture is undeniable, and Moogfest is a gathering for all those enthused by new tools for creative expression. This program includes a historical look at the evolution of dub reggae and home-made sound systems, radiating outwards from its native Jamaica. These artists and producers were hardware hackers, much like the creative technologists working on interactive sonic experiences and generative music... Read More →


3:00pm

Office Hours

Office Hours will be hosted by Moogfest talent, speakers and workshop facilitators. This is an opportunity for attendees (and other talent!) to continue conversations that were started on the stage. It is a space for networking, scheming, collaboration, and one-on-one access that would not otherwise be possible. ** This conversation is very limited in capacity and offered on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time. Entrance is not guaranteed.

3:00pm

Mammal Music
Ever mix a bear’s roar with a bass line? Ever sampled from a whale song? Using Mammal Music, you become a wilderness DJ by combining musical loops, natural sounds and animal calls to make unique musical mixes. You start by choosing a rhythm, add a melody and a bass line, and then play with the animal sounds and natural soundscapes. Add some choice effects to the mix and hear your creations come to life! Fun for all ages.



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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh is the most visited museum in the state and the largest institution of its kind in the Southeast. Through exhibits, programs, and field experiences, the Museum provides everyone with opportunities to get up close and personal with science and nature. Where else can you touch the bones of a Right Whale, come face to face with a Cretaceous carnivore, or sit in the center of the Earth... Read More →


3:00pm

Sound Sculpting in a Website
Limited Capacity full

This workshop introduces the creative potential behind p5.js, a free and revolutionary programming environment that enables users to create interactive, dynamic, computer-based tools, projects, and art. We demonstrate how to create your own interactive audio and visual creation using Javascript, HTML & CSS, and explore a variety of methods to explore and perform using our creation.

This workshop is for anyone who would like to explore the world of creative coding for the web. No prior programming experience is necessary. Laptop required.

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

By registering for a workshop, you acknowledge that Moogfest may share your email address with the instructor for the purpose of planning and coordinating this event.   

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Matthew Ganucheau (Gray Area)

Matt Ganucheau, Director of Education at Gray Area, is a San Francisco-based artist, composer, designer, and educator. With a passion for exploring the boundaries of interactive digital culture, he creates physical and sonic environments that engage his viewers by evoking a deeply reflective internal space. Matt‘s role is responsible for creating innovative and exploratory educational programs that focus on the intersection of digital art... Read More →

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Hacking Sound (Systems)

The resurgence of a technological Maker Culture is undeniable, and Moogfest is a gathering for all those enthused by new tools for creative expression. This program includes a historical look at the evolution of dub reggae and home-made sound systems, radiating outwards from its native Jamaica. These artists and producers were hardware hackers, much like the creative technologists working on interactive sonic experiences and generative music... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Duke I&E 215 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701

3:00pm

The Code of Music
Limited Capacity full

What does an interactive song look like? What is it like to compose a piece of music by defining its boundaries, designing its notation, and then letting it vary with each listener/user ––or with the weather? Can interaction itself be expressive?

Creative coding affords endless opportunity for musical and visual exploration, a space recently explored by musicians like Philip Glass to Jorge Drexler to Bjork.
In this workshop we will look into interacting with rhythm, melody, and harmony by playing with interactive examples. We will design our own experiences, and survey the technical means to implement them.

Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop, but a phone or tablet will work too.
Beginners are welcome. 

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

By registering for a workshop, you acknowledge that Moogfest may share your email address with the instructor for the purpose of planning and coordinating this event.  

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Luisa Pereira (NEW INC)

Luisa Pereira is an artist, programmer, and musician based in New York City. Her work often explores music through coding and design, taking the form of interactive installations, generative devices, sculptures and prints. Luisa's work has been presented in festivals and galleries in the US, South America and Europe. Recent venues include the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago de Chile, South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, and the FILE... Read More →

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Hacking Sound (Systems)

The resurgence of a technological Maker Culture is undeniable, and Moogfest is a gathering for all those enthused by new tools for creative expression. This program includes a historical look at the evolution of dub reggae and home-made sound systems, radiating outwards from its native Jamaica. These artists and producers were hardware hackers, much like the creative technologists working on interactive sonic experiences and generative music... Read More →


3:00pm

Moog Music Synth Building Workshop (Group B1) (Closed)
Limited Capacity full

This two-day synth-building workshop, led by Moog engineers, invites a select group of enthusiasts to build and keep their very own unreleased Moog analog synthesizer and sequencer. The hands-on workshop is conducted in two, three-hour sessions within a pop-up Moog production facility.

No experience necessary, but basic soldering knowledge is recommended.

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Moog Music

Moog Music is the leading producer of analog synthesizers in the world. The employee-owned company and its customers carry on the legacy of its founder, electronic musical instrument pioneer, Dr. Bob Moog.  All of Moog’s instruments are hand built in its factory on the edge of downtown Asheville, NC.


3:30pm

"Lunar Orbit" North American Premiere Screening with Artists in Conversation

“The tune is never finished, you always have to continue writing it in order to keep it alive” says Thomas Fehlmann of The Orb.

Lunar Orbit takes us into the Ultraworld of the pioneers of ambient house music.

Patrick Buchanan’s feature documentary explores The Orb’s unique creative process and delves into the story behind the music, revealing the history of The Orb’s origins and the foundation of the friendships which anchor the mother spaceship.

A blend of unprecedented studio access from the duo’s Moonbuilding 2703AD recording sessions in Berlin, live concert footage, rare unseen archive material and interviews with key creative players; Youth, Guy Pratt, Mixmaster Morris, Matt Black, and many other current and former members of the Orb's extended family result in a film that is truly Orbriginal.

Alex Paterson describes his musical method,  “I don’t particularly want to pick up an instrument, I want to pick up all these sounds and make musical notes out of these sounds.”

This is the North American premiere of Lunar Orbit.   There will be a Q and A following the screening with producer/director/editor Patrick Buchanan and Alex Paterson & Thomas Fehlmann of The Orb.

lunarorbitfilm.com



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Patrick Buchanan

Patrick Buchanan is an independent filmmaker in the truest sense. A freelance offline editor by trade, he has produced, directed and edited his first feature documentary Lunar Orbit in between editing television projects and late into his evenings. He lives in Toronto with his wife and three children.
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The Orb

Midnight ravers greeted by “A Huge Ever Pulsating Pain that Rules from the Center of the Ultraworld” in the wake of a long night out understood – felt – that when the cock crows, one knows that after the party it’s the Orb. As England came down from Thatcherism, the Orb pioneered ambient house by slowing down Chicago house and adding ambient synth textures gleaned from the likes of Brian Eno.  After joining... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Carolina Theatre, Cinema 1 309 W Morgan St, Durham, NC 27703

4:00pm

A Cyborg's Synaesthetic Pedicure
A cyborgacoustic performance featuring Neil Harbisson, a man with a cybernetic eye permanently attached to his head that allows him to hear the frequencies of colors through bone conduction, including infrareds and ultraviolets.
Harbisson paints Pau Riba’s toes, and amplifies the sound of the colors on Pau’s nails. Pau sings in concert with the sound of the colors on his toe nails.

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Neil Harbisson

Neil Harbisson is a contemporary artist, composer, and cyborg activist, known for his ability to hear and perceive colors outside the ability of human vision. Harbisson was born with achromatopsia, a condition that only allowed him to see in greyscale. In 2003, he took part in the development of the eyeborg, a cybernetic eye permanently attached to his head that allows him to hear the frequencies of colors through bone conduction, including... Read More →
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Pau Riba

Descendant of a Catalan bourgeois family—he is a grandson of the poet and humanist Carles Riba and of the poet Clementina Arderiu—Pau Riba was born in a puritan, Christian, literate and Catalanist environment. However, he has been an alternative cultural referent: Iconoclastic and unclassifiable, transgressive and heterodox, mutant, writer, rocker, journalist, hippie, designer…

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Transhumanism

Humans have long sought to transform nature, using tools to modify the environment around us or enhancing our own bodies to adapt in this world. Technology today continues to open up new spaces for transformative and transcendent experiences of life itself. From AI to augmented reality displays, with cloning and human genetic engineering, through organ transplants and prosthetics, emerging technologies are expanding many of our intellectual... Read More →


4:00pm

Live Processing and Ghost Dancing
What happens when we dance out of phase with ourselves?
When our thoughts and ideas become visualized by a moving, shifting robotic projection object?
This performance encourages performers and audience-interactors to create dance-gesture sequences that become part of an expansive archive. Dancers and musicians create unexpected sequences of sound and motion that suggest the haunting of previous dances and others who have passed through the space long ago, and possibly, in the time to come. Sound for the interface is created by processing phrases spoken by audience members into the phase-mirror interface.
SLIPPAGE: PERFORMANCE|CULTURE|TECHNOLOGY, the innovative performance research group led by Thomas F. DeFrantz, was founded in 2003 at MIT. The interdisciplinary group explores connections between performance and emergent technology in the service of theatrical storytelling.

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Martin Brooke (Duke University)

Martin A. Brooke received the B.E. (Elect.) Degree (1st. Class Hons.) from Auckland University in New Zealand in 1981. He received the M.S. and Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Southern California in 1984, and 1988, respectively. He is currently an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Duke University. Professor Brooke was an Analog Devices Career development award recipient from 1988-1993, won a National Science... Read More →
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Thomas F. DeFrantz (Duke University)

Thomas F. DeFrantz is Professor and Chair of African and African American Studies at Duke University, and director of SLIPPAGE: Performance, Culture, Technology, a research group that explores emerging technology in live performance applications. He co-convened the Choreography and Corporeality working group (IFTR) from 2005-2013, and acted as President of the Society of Dance History Scholars from 2011-2014. He was a professor at MIT for many... Read More →

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Art & Artificial Intelligence

We are entering into a new age of computer science research: an age where machine learning algorithms use neural networks or probabilistic Markov models to emulate thinking, and consequently, conscious creativity. It is not merely encyclopedic knowledge, but creative problem solving that will define the future of artificial intelligence. What does it mean if computers be taught to hear, write, improvise, and play music? And can they do it in a... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
The Armory 220 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701

4:00pm

Future Cities

Our future cities combine information technology with buildings and urban infrastructure. Exciting collaborations between architects, planners, and technologists are transforming the ecosystems of city living: Tomorrowland is being built today. This town-hall discussion will explore the pressing issues facing civic leaders, private developers and city-residents as they try to imagine their shared spaces 10, 20, 50 years into the future. How can we harness the creativity and energy of cities in new ways that boldly develop innovation economies alongside more equitable and sustainable communities? How do we balance safety and privacy, the workplace and open green space, overcrowding and happy collisions? Who has access to connectivity, and how can new networks be used to generate “people power” and foster civic engagement?

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Greta Byrum

Greta Byrum reimagines the way we design, build, control, and distribute communications systems. She designs and tests community technology projects intended to build digital justice, support local communications preparedness, and train people from different backgrounds to become designers, not just consumers of technology and media. Greta's collaborative projects in New York, Detroit, and the Silicon Valley Region demonstrate... Read More →
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Bob Geolas

As President and CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina, Robert T. “Bob” Geolas works daily to create a stronger Research Triangle Park for the benefit of people across all of North Carolina. He is leading the first redevelopment effort in RTP’s 50 year history, and is working towards re-inventing the Park to meet demands of the 21st Century. | Bob also coordinates initiatives to ensure that the Park... Read More →
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Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson is the host of Marketplace Tech and the digital-only podcast Codebreaker. He joined Marketplace in 2012 and officially became the host of Marketplace Tech in early 2014. In 2010, he began to work as a freelance web producer at The Takeaway, a national radio show produced out of New York’s WNYC Radio in partnership with WGBH, The New York Times and the BBC. Ben went on to be a freelance radio producer at WNYC... Read More →
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Wanona Satcher

Wanona Satcher is the CEO/Founder of ReJuve and Neighborhood Development  | Specialist for the City of Durham, North Carolina. Over the course of her career she’s  | served as an urban designer, landscape architect designer, city planner and economic  | developer. Wanona combines landscape architecture, resiliency planning, systems  | design, community engagement, and innovative economic models to facilitate... Read More →

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4:00pm

The Art of the Video Game Soundtrack

Ghost Ramp is a record label, which alongside releasing traditional bands/producers, puts out original video game soundtracks. Lead by label manager Patrick McDermott a panel discussion will include composers, visual artists and record label personnel. The discussion will focus the vibrant and growing state of video game music - and its entrance into the physical / traditional musical landscape. 

Joining us via Skype 
Danny Baronowsky - Video Game Composer (Crypt of the Necrodancer, Super Meat Boy, Binding of Issac) and Hugh Myrone - Video Game Composter (Driftstage) 


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Ghostdad

Known to many by his old DJ name (Ghostdad), Ryan Sciaino's practice centers around combining music and the moving image. He has performed live visuals at night clubs, venues, and some of the largest music festivals around the world. His visual practice started while touring with his band WIN WIN and continued while touring with the rapper Spank Rock. He went on to create visual experiences for several international touring artists. His work with... Read More →
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Patrick McDermott

Patrick McDermott is a musician and record label owner/manager based in Los Angeles California. McDermott makes ambient noise music under the moniker North Americans and co-founded Driftless recordings with Joel Ford. McDermott also label manages Ghost Ramp, a unique record label with a focus on video game soundtracks - where his passion for ambient soundscapes and videogame obsession collide.


4:30pm

Kabbalistic Synthesizer Performance

The Kabbalistic Synthesizer as a device is intended to offer live connection to macrocosmic events going on outside of perception. The Earth’s Magnetic Field (Ut) is the base fundimental frequency of a 22 voice FM system with arbitrary division based on John Chowni-ngs PHD 1973,on the ‘synthesis of natural sound.’

An 11 Tube Cosmic Ray Detector acts as an event handler patched to control dynamics of a Live input from a 21.1mhz Dipole/Fractal-Radio Telescope with a resonant low pass filter.

Sam Conran will be improvising with the raw inputs for 30 minutes in a session that is a meditation on the macrocosmic as much as sonic experience. 



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Sam Conran

Sam Conran is a London-based sound artist/designer and performer with an interest in technofuturism and systems theory. His work explores the boundaries of perception and the relationship between sound infrastructure, narrative and collective consciousness. He refines and interrogates sound as a material. Interacting predominantly with physics, his projects question our relationship with organised sound and psychoacoustics. He has an MA from... Read More →

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Technoshamanism

In regards to where he pulled his innovative ideas from, Bob Moog said, “Everything has some consciousness, and we tap into that. It’s about energy at its most basic level.” But how do we tune into that noosphere and bring next wave ideas to the fore? Who are the seers today, and how are they integrating technology into new “shamanic” practices in art and science? How do we understand rituals of trance in the context... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Full Frame Theater 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701

5:00pm

Kabbalistic Synthesizer Masterclass
Sam Conran demonstrates and discusses his Kabbalistic Synthesizer.
The Kabbalistic Synthesizer is an alchemist’s approach to sound making, and ultimately a project that seeks to understand and debate the psycho-social implications that occur when science is experienced and accessed through a commercial medium. How can ‘sonification’ be combined with the synthesizer to access and objectify the unknown? The Kabbalistic Synthesizer.
The project has ultimately been a quest to understand sound’s utility in society and speculate that artificial intelligence and machine listening could be present in the way we might start to interact and value our environments.

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Sam Conran

Sam Conran is a London-based sound artist/designer and performer with an interest in technofuturism and systems theory. His work explores the boundaries of perception and the relationship between sound infrastructure, narrative and collective consciousness. He refines and interrogates sound as a material. Interacting predominantly with physics, his projects question our relationship with organised sound and psychoacoustics. He has an MA from... Read More →

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Technoshamanism

In regards to where he pulled his innovative ideas from, Bob Moog said, “Everything has some consciousness, and we tap into that. It’s about energy at its most basic level.” But how do we tune into that noosphere and bring next wave ideas to the fore? Who are the seers today, and how are they integrating technology into new “shamanic” practices in art and science? How do we understand rituals of trance in the context... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Full Frame Theater 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701

5:00pm

VIP Toast at The Pit
Limited Capacity seats available

Check out the Motorco Park from the rooftop of The Pit and enjoy free food on Moogfest. 


Thursday May 19, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
The Pit 321 W Geer St

5:00pm

Future Projections: Memories of the Space Age - The Cage of Sand

FUTURE PROJECTIONS : THE CAGE OF SAND

Edward Rankus + Barbara Hammer + Michael Robinson + Tony Conrad + OJOBOCA + Makino Takashi

“As [we] watched, [our] lean arms propped against the rusting rail, the last whorls of light sank away into the cerise funnel withdrawing against the horizon, and the first wind stirred across the dead Martian sand.” – JG Ballard

Like Ballard’s protagonist in The Cage of Sand, we-the-audience find ourselves slowly being covered over by an alien sandstorm of the decidedly televisual sort.  We drift to sleep and awaken with a start, lost within a videogame daydream (Robinson).  In a wash of flickering static (Conrad), post-industrial Amiga-animated “dirty pictures” (Hammer), and derelict images narrated by what seems to be a German robot (OJOBOCA), we find ourselves anew: we are chaos, we are sandstorm (Takashi).  Featuring the world premiere of a new work by NC-based video artist Edward Rankus!

FEATURING:

The Cage of Sand by Edward Rankus (3:00, video, 2016)

No No Nooky TV by Barbara Hammer (12:00, 16mm, 1987)

And We All Shine On by Michael Robinson (7:00, 16mm, 2006)

Eye of Count Flickerstein by Tony Conrad (7:00, 16mm, 1967)

Wolkenschatten by OJOBOCA (15:00, 16mm, 2014)

Cinéma Concret by Makino Takashi (24:00, video, 2015)

TRT 68


FUTURE PROJECTIONS is a 9-part screening program of short film and video work drawn from 125 years of techno-prophecy and oracular future-visions.  Taking its title from distopian sci-fi author JG Ballard’s short story collection of the same name, each program in Memories of the Space Age follows the thread of a different tale, tracing out a conceptual audiovisual line into the (im)possible horizons of our future planet(s) – an Earth vibrating under the heat of multiple suns, subject to the pull of infinite moons, and peopled by a population not unlike our own.  Herein are 45+ short films, videos and movies-with-live-soundtracks conjured forth by the most forward-thinking media artists of our time(s): from computer pioneers to mechanical futurists, FX wizards to analogue feedback architects, landscape holographers to post-human anthropologists, cyber-essayists to Uncanny Valley voyagers, cut-up creationists to magical (un)realists, and 16mm futurologists to digital humanists – Future Projections presents a kinetic and syncretic history of All That Is Yet To Be.

Highlights include an embedded 16mm tribute to the great musician and filmmaker Tony Conrad (RIP); two radical video synth landscapes by Montreal artist Sabrina Ratté; Japanese noise filmmaker Makino Takashi’s 3D-immersive Cinéma Concrete, late German essayist Harun Farocki’s videogame dissection Parallel I-IV, French avant-garde filmmaker Rose Lowder’s flicker tour-de-force Bouquets 21-30, Cauleen Smith’s Eternals-track’d Afrofuturist collage Songs for Earth and Folk, commissions of 9 new shorts by local and national filmmakers, and more!


FEATURING NEW COMMISSIONS BY: Alee Peoples + Bill Brown + Brendan and Jeremy Smyth + Edward Rankus + Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby + Ephraim Asili + Mary Helena Clark + Sabine Gruffat + Stephanie Barber

FEATURING FILMS / VIDEOS BY: Adam Beckett + Barbara Hammer + Basma Alsharif + Beatrice Gibson + Ben Rivers + Cauleen Smith + Chris Marker + David O’Reilly + Deborah Stratman + Doris Chase + Harun Farocki + Hollis Frampton + Jacolby Satterwhite + Jeremy Bailey + Jesse McLean + JJ Murphy + John Whitney + Lawrence Jordan + Lillian Schwartz +  Louis Henderson + Makino Takashi + Michael Robinson + Mike Stoltz + OJOBOCA + Peter Burr + Pierre Huyghe +  Rachel Rose + Rosa Barba +  Rose Lowder + Sabrina Ratté + Sara Magenheimer + Scott Bartlett + Semiconductor + Shambhavi Kaul + Tony Conrad + Wojciech Bakowski + Yuri Ancarani


With support from the Video Data Bank, www.vdb.org



Thursday May 19, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Carolina Theatre, Cinema 2 309 W Morgan St, Durham, NC 27701

5:00pm

KidCoolThereminSchool: Adult Workshop
Limited Capacity full

Dorit Chrysler teaches children the secrets of theremins. It’s drawing sounds. Movement and music. Hearing motion! How do the five senses relate to the theremin? Chrysler trains young ears by teaching the basic principles of sound and motion. The Kid Cool Theremin School nurtures an environment devoted to creative discourse and collaboration for children and parents alike, and works towards participation rather than passiveness, deeply integrating music and art.

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

By registering for a workshop, you acknowledge that Moogfest may share your email address with the instructor for the purpose of planning and coordinating this event.  

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Dorit Chrysler

Born in Graz and residing in New York, she is the founder of the NY Theremin Society and one of the few Theremin virtuosos worldwide. Her Solo work ranges from electronic Pop to Film Soundscapes, most recently for the soundtrack of the HBO documentary “Going Clear” (Wall Street Journal: "a Futuristic Lotte Lenya", Kaltblut Magazine “Haunting Soundscapes”). Lars van Trier used her compositions and she has collaborated... Read More →


5:00pm

Audiovisual Scores for Electronic Music
Limited Capacity full

Much of what modern electronic musicians compose and improvise is difficult, if not impossible, to score using traditional musical notation. This workshop explores alternatives to traditional scoring techniques including graphic notation, audiovisual scores, and iconographic systems. These systems provide directions for improvising musicians while encouraging them to draw from their own musical backgrounds and timbral palettes. An audiovisual score might be constructed by sounds and images from the environment, or prepared materials projected and amplified into the performance space. An iconographic system includes recognizable icons arranged in a timeline for a musician or ensemble to interpret.

Pen, paper, and a tablet or laptop computer are suggested for notes and examples. Some knowledge of music theory is helpful but is not required.

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

By registering for a workshop, you acknowledge that Moogfest may share your email address with the instructor for the purpose of planning and coordinating this event.   

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John Keston

John C. S. Keston's combined backgrounds in music technology, new media, and software development have led him to adopt music, sound, moving images, and interactivity as the primary modalities in his performances, artistic practice, and research. His work involves building software and hardware based instruments that engage audience participation, interaction, and audiovisual media. With these tools he composes music, and produces interactive... Read More →

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Hacking Sound (Systems)

The resurgence of a technological Maker Culture is undeniable, and Moogfest is a gathering for all those enthused by new tools for creative expression. This program includes a historical look at the evolution of dub reggae and home-made sound systems, radiating outwards from its native Jamaica. These artists and producers were hardware hackers, much like the creative technologists working on interactive sonic experiences and generative music... Read More →


5:30pm

Musical Language, Musical Brains
Can you program music with your mind? Can you interface with computers for the purpose of designing and programming new species of realities?
Onyx Ashanti shares his research on tools for constructing linguistic realities and the brain’s true nature: music. Is there a true musical language for constructing realities incomprehensible to the verbal mind? Or a type of music designed to bridge computer science and neuroscience?”

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Onyx Ashanti

Onyx Ashanti is a cyborg musician. His non-stop experimentation and exploration of sound and form is powered by his "Exo-voice" sonic prosthesis, an instrument he created that fuses technique and technology into a full-body musical system, playable with hands, arms, mouth and body. His psycho-cymatic, sono-synaptic technique leads him to recursively playing, perceiving, evolving, and repeating the music he makes, writing new synaptic networks... Read More →

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Instrument Innovators

Since the first humans stood upright, people have been compelled to make sounds and compose them into rhythm and song. Humanity progresses, societies evolve, and expressions, representations, and tastes shift wildly, but the drive to make tools that produce music has, and will always, permeate all cultures. Once instrument builders first began to harness electronic technologies into new possibilities for instrument design, the... Read More →


5:30pm

The Reissue Issue
Limited Capacity full

Join RVNG Intl's Matt Werth in a discussion about today's "time traveling record label A&R." What is the reissue issue? How do reissues impact the musical landscape, both active and archived? Is there power in activation over fetishization?

With guests Jamal Moss.

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

By registering for a workshop, you acknowledge that Moogfest may share your email address with the instructor for the purpose of planning and coordinating this event.  
 

 


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Matt Werth (RVNG Intl)

Matt Werth is the founder of RVNG Intl., a New York City-based music institution that operates on select principles, dealing with forward-reaching artists sometimes categorized as electronic, avant-garde, free, fried, etc. RVNG seeks and supports sincerity within our NYC music and arts communities and these same communities writ large. Whether it’s partnering with NYC’s White Columns Gallery and Krakow’s Unsound Festival, or... Read More →


6:00pm

The Exchange: Switchboard Synthesizers Performance
The Exchange: Switchboard Synthesizer installation comes to life with a live performance from Antenes.

Thursday May 19, 2016 6:00pm - 6:30pm
The Carrack 111 W Parrish St, Durham, NC

6:00pm

The Future is Unmanned
Musician and writer Claire L. Evans presentsThe Future is Unmanned, a condensed feminist history of the internet, tracing the lineage of women in direct conversation with technology, beginning with the human computers of the 19th century, passing through early computer programming pioneers before arriving at the 1990s: the decade when the personal computing revolution converged with the emergence of the internet, igniting a transformative shift in our relationship to technology—and to each other—that would reshape the modern world and give birth to the great lost wave of digital feminism: the cyberfeminists. The cyberfeminists made video games, hypertext novels, virtual reality projects, created non-narrative art pieces on websites and CD-ROMs, and wrote widely before disappearing along with the bursting of the dot-com bubble. InThe Future is Unmanned, Evans shares their story. She is currently working on a book of the same name for Penguin Random House.

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Claire Evans

Claire L. Evans is a writer and artist working in Los Angeles. Her day job is as the singer and coauthor of the conceptual pop group YACHT. A science journalist and science-fiction critic, she is currently Futures Editor of Motherboard and editor of its sister science-fiction magazine, Terraform. Her first book, The Future is Unmanned, a feminist history of the Internet, is forthcoming from Penguin Random House.


6:00pm

DJ Craig Layabout
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DJ Craig Layabout

The 45 RPM single may not be at the cutting edge of today's dance music scene, but for DJ Craig Layabout the format is a tried and true secret weapon that transcends cultural divides and brings folks together through the power of SOUL! And he has been doing just that at parties and clubs throughout the Triangle and the east coast for the past decade or so. Expect a mix of only the finest classic R&B and funk singles from his many years of... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Motorco Park 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701

6:30pm

The Exchange: Switchboard Synthesizers
An opportunity to meet artist and musician Antenes as she demonstrates and discusses her switchboard synthesizers.

Workshops are first come, first served and limited in capacity. This workshop will begin immediately following the 6-6:30pm live performance. Entry is not guaranteed.


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Antenes

Antenes is a NYC-based DJ, producer, and electronics artist. She works in the tradition of object trouvé by following the lineage of synthesizer operation to vintage telephone equipment, and bringing them back to a life of patching signals by transforming them into her self-built laboratory of synthesizers and sequencers. Her solo production debut, The Track of a Storm vinyl EP on L.I.E.S., reveals three tracks of otherworldly techno... Read More →

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Hacking Sound (Systems)

The resurgence of a technological Maker Culture is undeniable, and Moogfest is a gathering for all those enthused by new tools for creative expression. This program includes a historical look at the evolution of dub reggae and home-made sound systems, radiating outwards from its native Jamaica. These artists and producers were hardware hackers, much like the creative technologists working on interactive sonic experiences and generative music... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 6:30pm - 7:00pm
The Carrack 111 W Parrish St, Durham, NC

6:30pm

Moogfest 2016 VIP Opening Party Presented by The Durham Tech Consortium
Limited Capacity seats available

Open to artists, VIPs, and press. Complimentary drinks, DJ set by Laurel Halo.



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Laurel Halo

Laurel Halo’s music culls sounds from Detroit to Germany, from Jamaica to the UK. Born in Michigan and based in Berlin, she has put out both instrumental and vocal records on Hyperdub. In the past, she deejayed at the renowned WCBN-FM radio station in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and now hosts a monthly show on Berlin Community Radio. She has worked with artists such as John Cale, Julia Holter, and NH’Koxyen/Terepa.


Thursday May 19, 2016 6:30pm - 8:00pm
The Armory 220 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701

7:00pm

The Range
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The Range

Potential is the new album from producer James Hinton under his alias of The Range. Hinton made the computer his primary instrument after falling under the spell of Baltimore club, bringing in his broader sonic influences from early ‘90s jungle, early ‘00s grime and mid ‘00s electronica to a new sonic whole. The software was the thing at home, but what excited the young producer was the network, and where he spiraled was... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Motorco Music Hall 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701

7:00pm

Hundred Waters
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Hundred Waters

Comprised of musicians Nicole Miglis, Trayer Tryon, and Zach Tetreault, Hundred Waters cascades acoustic and electric. The trio met in middle school in Florida and formed the band in their adult years. The fusion of their talents quickly gave rise to a sound that has fans raving and critics drawing comparisons to Stereolab, Bjork and Four Tet. It attracted the most unlikely of label bosses, Skrillex, who signed the band to his OWSLA label... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Motorco Park 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701

8:00pm

Jaakko Eino Kalevi
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Jaakko Eino Kalevi

Jaakko Eino Kalevi is an electronic musician from Tiituspohja, Finland. Born and raised in the central Finnish lakeland city of Jyväskylä, Jaakko’s musical journey began in the mid-90s when, aged eleven or twelve years old, he discovered the progressive metal of US rockers Dream Theater, whose riffs he would play on guitar. Hip-hop came next, and Jaakko learned to make beats using Fruity Loops and a sampler. There followed... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 8:00pm - 8:40pm
Motorco Music Hall 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701

8:00pm

Dawn of Midi
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Dawn of Midi

Dawn of Midi is a Brooklyn-based acoustic ensemble made up of Aakaash Israni from India on double bass, Amino Belyamani from Morocco on piano, and Qasim Naqvi from Pakistan on drums. Formed in 2007, the band name was happened upon after Naqvi casually uttered the phrase by chance as a non-sequitur for the improvised music the trio was making at the time. They had no idea that, years later, they would make an album like Dysnomia that would make... Read More →

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Afrofuturism

Do androids dream of analog synths? Combining elements of science fiction, astral jazz, historical fiction, psychedelic hip hop, fantasy, and magic realism with non-Occidental cosmologies in order to critique not only the present-day dilemmas of the other, but also to revise, interrogate, and re-examine the historical events of the past. From the vibrant, frenetic canvases of Jean-Michel Basquiat to the extraterrestrial mythos of... Read More →


8:00pm

8:30pm

Floating Points
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Floating Points (Live)

Breaking away from making electronic music on his laptop, Sam Shepherd–the DJ, producer and composer otherwise known as Floating Points–engineered his debut album Elaenia while deejaying in cities across the globe and working towards his PhD in neuroscience. Elaenia draws inspiration from classical, jazz, electronic music, soul and Brazilian popular music. The record epitomizes Sam Shepherd the Eglo label boss, ensemblist, producer... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Motorco Park 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701

9:00pm

Julia Holter
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Julia Holter

Have You In My Wilderness is Julia Holter’s most intimate album yet, a collection of radiant ballads. Her follow-up to 2013’s widely celebrated Loud City Song explores love, trust, and power in human relationships. While love songs are familiar fodder in pop music, Holter manages to stay fascinatingly oblique and enigmatic on her new album. Have You in My Wilderness is also Holter’s most sonically intimate album. Here, she and... Read More →


9:00pm

Larry Gus
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Larry Gus

Multi-instrumentalist, singer, and producer Panagiotis Melidis, born in Veria, Imathia, Greece, started to write music as Larry Gus (“λάρυγγας” is greek for larynx) in 2006. Combining sample-based ethics and crystal clear psychedelic pop melodies into an infinitely dense amount of layers and polyrhythms, he also became known for energetic and chaotic live performances, which involve singing... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Pinhook 117 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701

9:10pm

Silver Apples
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Silver Apples

The legendary electronic music act Silver Apples was originally formed in 1967 as what the band website describes as “an electronic rock duo featuring Dan Taylor on drums and Simeon on a homemade synthesizer consisting of 12 oscillators and an assortment of sound filters, telegraph keys, radio parts, lab gear and a variety of second hand electronic junk.” The band’s underground show and first two albums spread their renown... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 9:10pm - 10:00pm
Motorco Music Hall 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701

10:00pm

Blood Orange
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Blood Orange

Devonté (Dev) Hynes is a producer, songwriter, and artist based in New York City. He has written and produced songs for a wide range of artists including Solange Knowles, Florence and the Machine and Tinashe. Under the moniker Blood Orange, Hynes has released two albums, Coastal Grooves and Cupid Deluxe, on Domino Recording Co. Last year, he scored the film Palo Alto, written by Gia Coppola and written by James Franco, and was a speaker at... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Motorco Park 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701

10:00pm

Qrion
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Qrion

Hailing from Sapporo, the snowy capital of Japan’s northernmost island, Qrion released her first two EPs via SenSe while still attending high school. Internet acclaim and anticipation of her softly-lit, melancholy-tinged melodies eventually led to SenSe’s servers being overloaded during the free release of 2014’s「sink」, a download-only mini album. Later that year, a high-profile collaboration with electronic producer Ryan... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
The Armory 220 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701

10:00pm

RABIT
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Rabit

Houston-based DJ Rabit is helping stoke what The New Yorker has called “the resurgence of grime.” Rabit has released Baptizm, Sunshowers, Terminator, Double Dragon, and the Sunshowers EP. His highly praised debut album Communion was released in late 2015.


Thursday May 19, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Pinhook 117 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701

10:15pm

Zombi
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Zombi

Producing work that is epic in concept, sound, and artistic approach, Steve Moore and A.E. Paterra, the masterminds and multi-instrumentalists behind Zombi, have re-imagined the architecture of progressive rock and dynamic instrumentals, carving a niche in underground music distinctly their own. The band’s signature sound, achieved using only electric bass, drums, and a collection of analog synthesizers, is deceptively lush considering... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 10:15pm - 11:00pm
Motorco Music Hall 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701

10:30pm

Arthur Russell's Instrumentals

Featuring:

Peter Gordon (Sax, Organ)
Ernie Brooks (Bass Guitar)
Rhys Chatham (Flutes)
Peter Zummo (Trombone)
Ned Sublette (Guitar)
Gavin Russom (Synth)
Bill Ruyle (Percussion)
Max Gordon (Trumpet, Piano)
Kit Fitzgerald (Video)


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Arthur Russell's Instrumentals Directed by Peter Gordon

Foom presents one of Arthur Russell’s most important works: Instrumentals. Inspired by the nature photography of Yuko Nonomura, it was only ever performed five times during Arthur Russell’s life. 2015 saw the piece performed in Europe for the first time, with two sold-out London shows, a sold-out show in Cologne, and performances in Oslo, Helsinki, Dublin, Liverpool, Paris, and Barcelona. Instrumentals premiered in Berkeley... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Carolina Theatre, Fletcher Hall 309 W Morgan St, Durham, NC 27703

11:00pm

Afrikan Sciences
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Afrikan Sciences

Afrikan Sciences (Eric Douglas Porter) stands solidly as one of the most innovative producers to surface in recent times. Affectionately titled the Rhythm Czar, Porter has steadily become one of the most well respected creators in electronic music. Once described as the love child of Afrika Bambaataa and science-fiction writer Octavia Butler, the grandSun of Ra, Porter's production has always crafted a marriage between various forms of music... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 11:00pm - Friday May 20, 2016 12:00am
Pinhook 117 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701

11:00pm

UV boi
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UV boi

Hailing from Brisbane, Australia, producer UV boi somehow peppers frantically percussive, ever-shifting drumbeats over chill, almost Foreign Exchange-style keys and vocal harmonies while managing to sustain exciting grooves.


Thursday May 19, 2016 11:00pm - Friday May 20, 2016 12:00am
The Armory 220 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701

11:00pm

VIP Last Call at Dashi
Limited Capacity seats available

Dashi is staying open late for VIPs only. Free snacks for all and free beers for the first 30 to arrive.


 



Thursday May 19, 2016 11:00pm - Friday May 20, 2016 2:00am
Dashi 415 E Chapel Hill St

11:20pm

Gary Numan
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Gary Numan (3 Night Residency)

Gary Numan hails from Hammersmith in West London. After joining the punk group Lasers, he formed a new wave band, Tubeway Army, with drummer Bob Simmonds. In 1979, Tubeway Army scored an epochal Moog synthesizer-based UK No.1 hit, “Are ‘Friends’ Electric.” Following this, Numan began working as a solo artist under his own name. Under this name, Numan released his biggest U.S. hit, “Cars,” and classic albums... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 11:20pm - Friday May 20, 2016 12:20am
Motorco Music Hall 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701

11:30pm

Miike Snow
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Miike Snow

Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg might be best known as  Bloodshy & Avant, a production duo who have worked with Britney Spears, Madonna, and Kylie Minogue. The pair won a Grammy for for Best Dance Recording in 2005 for their work on Spears’ “Toxic.” Andrew Wyatt is a writer and producer who has collaborated with a diverse range of artists, from Michael Tighe to Spank Rock. | Together, Karlsson, Winnberg, and... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 11:30pm - Friday May 20, 2016 12:45am
Motorco Park 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701

11:45pm

Daniel Lanois
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Daniel Lanois

Daniel Lanois’s outsized mark on music continues to spread. As a protégé of Brian Eno, Lanois worked on classic Eno albums such as Ambient 4: On Land (1982) and Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks (1983). Lanois also collaborated with Eno in producing U2’s The Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby, and All That You Can’t Leave Behind. Lanois has also produced for Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Peter Gabriel, Neil Young, and Willie... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 11:45pm - Friday May 20, 2016 1:00am
Carolina Theatre, Fletcher Hall 309 W Morgan St, Durham, NC 27703

11:59pm

21C Presents: Robert Rich's Sleep Concert
Limited Capacity full

Join Robert Rich for his first Sleep Concert in the USA since 2003!
Robert Rich’s Sleep Concerts are immersive all-night shows, featuring a synthesis of found sound, prepared drones, and live instrumentals at very low volumes, very slowly. He first performed his legendary Sleep Concert in 1982: an all-night happening meant to sustain hypnogogic states in sleeping audiences. Rich accesses the trange liminal zone between sleep and wakefulness: the music becomes a thread of consciousness that you can use to guide yourself into a state of half-sleep and notice the way that your brain shifts perceptions into an internal world.

The event extends from midnight until 8:00AM.
Please bring something comfortable to lie on (a sleeping bag!), and prepare to explore deep interior spaces in a rare communal setting.

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Robert Rich

Robert Rich has helped define the genres of ambient music, dark-ambient, and world fusion with dozens of albums across four decades. Rich began building his own analog modular synthesizers in 1976, when he was 13 years old, and later studied computer music at Stanford's prestigious CCRMA while earning a degree in psychology, researching lucid dreaming. Rich has performed in caves, cathedrals, planetariums, museums, concert halls and festivals... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 11:59pm - Friday May 20, 2016 8:00am
21c Museum Hotel, Main Ballroom 111 N. Corcoran St, Durham, NC 27701

12:00am

Jlin
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Jlin

Jerrilynn Patton, known as Jlin, is a steel mill worker and acclaimed electronic musician from Gary, Indiana. Patton began producing music in 2008. Her track "Erotic Heat" was featured on Planet Mu’s 2011 footwork compilation Bangs and Works Vol. 2. Later, the song accompanied a Rick Owens fashion show in 2014. Growing up, Patton’s parents exposed her to a variety of great musicians, and her favorite artists included Anita Baker... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 12:00am - 1:00am
The Armory 220 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701

12:00am

Paula Temple
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Paula Temple

Paula Temple sometimes performs under the pseudonym Jaguar Woman. She is the co-developer of the MXF8 MIDI controller. She has released the 'Colonized’ EP on R&S Records, a 'Human Drama’ remix for Planningtorock, 'Contact’ on Jeff Mills’ Exhibitionist DVD, and 'The Speck Of The Future’ EP on Chris McCormack’s Materials. Her current work includes the ‘Deathvox’ EP for R&S Records... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 12:00am - 2:00am
Pinhook 117 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701

1:00am

Ryan Hemsworth
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Ryan Hemsworth

With a production range spanning across the spectrum of hip hop, R&B, dance music in its many forms and even indie rock, Canadian artist Ryan Hemsworth has landed himself in the eye of today's musical storm- navigating smoothly across genres and making it all fit in his inclusive imaginative world. Having originally explored his musical voice as a singer and guitarist in his teens, Hemsworth rose to fame soon after his love affair with drum... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 1:00am - 2:00am
The Armory 220 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701
 
Friday, May 20
 

9:00am

Durham Tech Startup Tour
Limited Capacity full

Join for a 30 minute tour providing background on the historic transformation of this once depressed tobacco town into a city smoking with tech companies. Durham now boasts more than 300 startup companies and over $1.5 B in exits in the past three years. All tours led by local startup founders and leaders and promise to be lively and entertaining.

** This workshop is limited in capacity and offered on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time. Entrance is not guaranteed.


 

9:00am

VIP Rise Breakfast
Limited Capacity seats available

Open to all VIP ticket holders. Donuts and biscuits courtesy of Rise Durham and Rise Raleigh. Bloody Marys on Moogfest.



Friday May 20, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
The Rickhouse 609 Foster St, Durham, NC, 27701

9:00am

Moga (Moog Yoga!)
Limited Capacity full

Moogfest Yogis (Mogis) join us on the rooftop of The Durham Hotel for an hour of vigorous Vinyasa Yoga to a Moog Music soundtrack. Jessica Collette leads you through a fun and fast-paced class with plenty of modifications and variations for everyone.

Mats are limited; please bring your own.
Towels and infused-water included.

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

By registering for a workshop, you acknowledge that Moogfest may share your email address with the instructor for the purpose of planning and coordinating this event.  

Friday May 20, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
The Durham Hotel 315 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701

9:00am

RTP Convergence
Developed by Floating Point Collective, a field of LED rods forms a volumetric display. Each rod is equipped with a touch sensor. When touched by an attendee, colored light grows from their fingers, creating a light structure that rises into the sky and spreads outward through the other rods. When people are not interacting with the sculpture directly, another layer of interaction is revealed. The light city is affected by real time light data, shifting colored particles and allowing colors to mix in organic ways.
In developing this concept, Floating Point Collective was inspired by research practices and discoveries that have come out of Research Triangle Park. The designers were also inspired by the vision expressed in RTP’s redevelopment plans: a sustainable urban community that evolves in harmony with nature.

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Floating Point Collective

Based in Brooklyn, NY, Floating Point is an art and design collective that creates large-scale public installations and performative environments that are driven by audience participation. Floating Point believes in embracing emerging technologies, constantly seeking new forms of expression that resonate with the now, but look towards the future.  Floating Point’s work has been shown at Ars Electronica (AU), The MIT Media Lab, The... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 9:00am - 11:00pm
CCB PLAZA 201 Corcoran St, Durham, NC 27701

10:00am

Soundwalk
Limited Capacity full

This excursion asks participants to become mindful to their sonic environment (or soundscape), whether indoors or out. The small group walks together while listening closely to their surroundings, considering all sounds as phenomena worthy of attention. As historian Emily Thompson notes, the soundscape is “simultaneously a physical environment and a way of perceiving that environment.” The walk lasts 30 minutes, with 15 minutes of discussion at the end.

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

By registering for a workshop, you acknowledge that Moogfest may share your email address with the instructor for the purpose of planning and coordinating this event.   

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Anna Friz

Anna Friz got her start in campus/community radio at CiTR Vancouver in 1993. Since then she has created audio art and radiophonic works for extensive international broadcast, installation, or performance in more than 25 countries. She also creates dynamic, atmospheric compositions for theatre, dance, film, and solo performance equally able to reflect upon public media culture or to reveal expressive interior landscapes. Anna holds a Ph.D. in... Read More →

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Radio & the Radiophonic

“Radio” today describes an idea as much as any particular communications technology. It has been almost one hundred years since the first wireless broadcasts for entertainment, and radio seems livelier than ever: from AM, to FM, to HAM, to satellite, with internet streaming, apps and podcasts, this sound medium knows no bounds. So, what is radio today? And how has this technology sustained so much... Read More →


10:00am

KidCoolThereminSchool: Youth Workshop
Dorit Chrysler teaches children the secrets of theremins. It’s drawing sounds. Movement and music. Hearing motion! How do the five senses relate to the theremin? Chrysler trains young ears by teaching the basic principles of sound and motion. The Kid Cool Theremin School nurtures an environment devoted to creative discourse and collaboration for children and parents alike, and works towards participation rather than passiveness, deeply integrating music and art.

Suitable for kids and youths, ages 6 - 14. Parents are welcome to attend with their children.

Workshops are first come, first served and limited in capacity. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to start time. Entry is not guaranteed. 

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Dorit Chrysler

Born in Graz and residing in New York, she is the founder of the NY Theremin Society and one of the few Theremin virtuosos worldwide. Her Solo work ranges from electronic Pop to Film Soundscapes, most recently for the soundtrack of the HBO documentary “Going Clear” (Wall Street Journal: "a Futuristic Lotte Lenya", Kaltblut Magazine “Haunting Soundscapes”). Lars van Trier used her compositions and she has collaborated... Read More →

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STEAM

21st-century workers require skills that many of today’s graduates don’t have. Enter the STEM Education Plan: a strategy to strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math curricula across America. While industry remains tightly coupled with the STEM subjects, creative and applied arts are not always recognized for their role in catalyzing innovation. Today there is a movement to transform research policy to place Art + Design... Read More →


10:00am

Moog Music Synth Building Workshop for Kids (Closed)
Come build a synth with Moog engineers!
Learn the fundamentals of synthesis and analog circuity in this unique children’s workshop.
No experience necessary.

Workshops are first come, first served and limited in capacity. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to start time. Entry is not guaranteed. 

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Moog Music

Moog Music is the leading producer of analog synthesizers in the world. The employee-owned company and its customers carry on the legacy of its founder, electronic musical instrument pioneer, Dr. Bob Moog.  All of Moog’s instruments are hand built in its factory on the edge of downtown Asheville, NC.

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STEAM

21st-century workers require skills that many of today’s graduates don’t have. Enter the STEM Education Plan: a strategy to strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math curricula across America. While industry remains tightly coupled with the STEM subjects, creative and applied arts are not always recognized for their role in catalyzing innovation. Today there is a movement to transform research policy to place Art + Design... Read More →


10:00am

Musical Rube Goldberg Workshop
The Forge Initiative invites students of all ages to explore sequencing, timing, and mechanics using Rube Goldberg Machine constructions.

Webster's Dictionary added "Rube Goldberg" to its listing, defining it as “a comically involved, complicated invention, laboriously contrived to perform a simple operation." But Rube Goldberg’s "inventions," drawn for our pleasure, can actually work. By inventing excessively complex ways to accomplish simple tasks, he entertained us and poked fun at the gadgets designed to make our lives easier.

Sequencing, timing and mechanics are critical engineering skills that are just as important in the world of music and art. The students will be using these materials to explore both basic and advanced mechanical and programming concepts by building hands on "Musical Rube Goldberg" machines. Complexity can vary between simple domino runs to complex mechanisms.

** This session is free and open to the public as part of Moogfest’s STEAM program. A festival ticket is not required. 

This workshop is limited in capacity and offered on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time. Entrance is not guaranteed.

If you would like to pre-register, you can do so directly with The Forge at http://theforgedowntown.org/moogfest  

 


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The Forge

The Forge Initiative believes that our future will be stronger and our communities more vibrant when people of all ages can engage collaboratively in technology. We act to create that future within each “Forge.” The team of volunteers from The Forge Initiative is made up of self-identified makers, 3D printing enthusiasts, competitive robotics experts and artists experienced in making STEAM accessible to all ages.

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STEAM

21st-century workers require skills that many of today’s graduates don’t have. Enter the STEM Education Plan: a strategy to strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math curricula across America. While industry remains tightly coupled with the STEM subjects, creative and applied arts are not always recognized for their role in catalyzing innovation. Today there is a movement to transform research policy to place Art + Design... Read More →


10:00am

HYPNOTIQUE SCÉANCE
Limited Capacity full

Welcome to the HYPNOTIQUE SCÉANCE. Come for the misguided meditations, stay for the sensory stimulations and mass hypnoses.

In this workshop, the Church of Space introduces the theoretical basis for modern magical work, revisiting centuries of shamanistic and sorcery tradition en route to explaining modern magic theory by grounding the occult teachings in a modern science understanding.
We expose traditional magical rituals as ways of achieving gnosis through a conscious bypassing of the higher thought observer, letting subconscious thought quantum compute and either READ the aether resonances (divination) of WRITE to the aether resonances (enchantment).

We reveal some occult information to help workshop attendees learn some basic self-hypnosis techniques. As a practical exercise, we will hypnotize the audience by audio and visual stimulation and deliver a state of the art (condensed matter theory based) explanation of e=mc2 while in a mild state of trance.

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

By registering for a workshop, you acknowledge that Moogfest may share your email address with the instructor for the purpose of planning and coordinating this event.   

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Marc Fleury

Marc Fleury was born and raised in Paris, France, where he discovered a passion for electronic music early on. As a solo artist, he embraces the more mature, cerebral, and avant-garde forms of electronic music. Currently based in the US, Marc focuses on playing rare modular synthesizers live, performing solo and delivering complex soundscapes and textures to accompany other artists and musicians. Marc has performed in the US and Europe... Read More →
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Sheba Love

In addition to his artistic work in electronic music, "Sheba" is also a board certified psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner, trained and certified in cognitive behavioral therapy by the grandfather of CBT himself, Dr. Aaron T. Beck, and is trained in guided meditation and hypnotherapy. He practices in Savannah, Georgia and lives a quiet and reclusive life with his wife and daughter. He often secretly uses hypnotherapy to render both of them... Read More →
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Uli Sigg

Uli Sigg has worked in a variety of media, including sculpture, installation, film, video, and photography, but he is also a curator and collector. He is co­founder of "bandbreite" a VJ collective in Cologne, Germany, and of "lsb_TV," a weekly Live-radio­/TV/­Internet­ show in Berlin. Uli is Director of Technology & Strategy of "BYFF," the Brighton Youth Film Festival. He has worked on Germany’s highest profile event... Read More →

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Technoshamanism

In regards to where he pulled his innovative ideas from, Bob Moog said, “Everything has some consciousness, and we tap into that. It’s about energy at its most basic level.” But how do we tune into that noosphere and bring next wave ideas to the fore? Who are the seers today, and how are they integrating technology into new “shamanic” practices in art and science? How do we understand rituals of trance in the context... Read More →


10:00am

Live Visuals Using the Gamespace
Limited Capacity full

Come to this workshop and get a working artist’s perspective on Resolume, Unity, and Syphon. Learn to bring video game graphics into the live visual world. Take live visuals beyond video playback and effects into interactive and modular systems.

Participants may download fully functional demo of Resolume and a free version of Unity in advance if they so choose.

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

By registering for a workshop, you acknowledge that Moogfest may share your email address with the instructor for the purpose of planning and coordinating this event.  
  

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Ghostdad

Known to many by his old DJ name (Ghostdad), Ryan Sciaino's practice centers around combining music and the moving image. He has performed live visuals at night clubs, venues, and some of the largest music festivals around the world. His visual practice started while touring with his band WIN WIN and continued while touring with the rapper Spank Rock. He went on to create visual experiences for several international touring artists. His work with... Read More →


10:00am

The Future of Our Species
Taking an active part in our own biological evolution is no longer a theory, but an option.
Literal cyborg Neil Harbisson leads this panel discussion on Becoming Technology, and asks the questions, can we have additional organs and senses beyond the ones confined to our species. Are we prepared to become the designers of our own body and perception? Will merging with technology increase our survival possibilities in earth and in outer space? Are we witnessing the renaissance of our species?

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Neil Harbisson

Neil Harbisson is a contemporary artist, composer, and cyborg activist, known for his ability to hear and perceive colors outside the ability of human vision. Harbisson was born with achromatopsia, a condition that only allowed him to see in greyscale. In 2003, he took part in the development of the eyeborg, a cybernetic eye permanently attached to his head that allows him to hear the frequencies of colors through bone conduction, including... Read More →
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Rich Lee

Black hat transhumanist Rich Lee made headlines in 2013 after he successfully implanted headphones in his ears. Rich is a prominent figure in the biohacking subculture known collectively as "the Grinders." Not content to wait for a bionic future that may never come, members of this transhuman underground are notorious for self experimentation, DIY surgical procedures, and homemade cybernetic implants. Rich Lee is involved in many human... Read More →
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Daniel Lock

Daniel Lock is a zoology graduate of the University of Roehampton, London. He has worked with several UK Wildlife Trusts, the World Land Trust and the Natural History Museum. His areas of interest include animal behavior, cognition, and sensory perception. He has a personal fascination with the intersection between humans and other animal species.
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BJ Murphy

B.J. Murphy is a futurist, techno-philosopher, poet, and author. He's the Editor and Social Media Manager for online-futurist website Serious Wonder and an Affiliate Scholar for the nonprofit think-tank Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. He's an Ambassador for the robotics company Humai, has worked as a Tech Adviser for both TV and short films, and is the co-author of The Future of Business: Critical Insights into a Rapidly... Read More →

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Transhumanism

Humans have long sought to transform nature, using tools to modify the environment around us or enhancing our own bodies to adapt in this world. Technology today continues to open up new spaces for transformative and transcendent experiences of life itself. From AI to augmented reality displays, with cloning and human genetic engineering, through organ transplants and prosthetics, emerging technologies are expanding many of our intellectual... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Carolina Theatre, Cinema 1 309 W Morgan St, Durham, NC 27703

10:00am

Ten Minute Music
What happens when five folks come together for ten minutes with a wide choice of music-making gadgets? You get a ten minute song. Eban Crawford, aka Senator Jaiz, and Christina Cucurullo ask a few questions to start each project and then guide the participants in the creation of a sixteen-bar loop, the basis for each ten minute song. Add in natural sounds and animal calls to invent a unique aural biome. All the creations are available for download by the participants after the event. Along with the fun of creating new music, Eban and Christina will educate about song structure, a bit of music theory, and the basics of electronic music creation.

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Eban Crawford and Christina Cucurullo

Eban Crawford, also known as electronic musician Senator Jaiz, and Christina Cucurullo lead a bit of a double life. By day, Eban is the Audio Engineer at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. He creates soundscapes, music, sound effects, and even performs live soundtracks to accompany lectures. By night, Eban wears his Senator Jaiz persona and creates trip-hop, electronic chill lounge music, and classical compositions. He is the head of Reaching for... Read More →


10:00am

Creating Sonic Tools for iOS
Limited Capacity full

Developing for iOS devices can be intimidating, but with the right creative pathways it doesn’t have to be. Lead by Alexander Randon, creator of the best selling iOS apps Fugue Machine and Arpeggionome, this workshop alleviates the anxiety around creating your own tools for iOS devices. Participants explore how to create a sandbox for experimentation with audio and midi, make some fun noises, and gain insight to the world of creating tools for sonic exploration for iOS devices. This workshop is for beginner to intermediate programmers who are interested in building applications for iOS devices.Bring an Apple laptop to participate.

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

By registering for a workshop, you acknowledge that Moogfest may share your email address with the instructor for the purpose of planning and coordinating this event.   

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Alexander Randon (Gray Area)

Alexander Randon (aka. Alexandernaut) is an indie music app developer / electrical engineer / composer based in San Francisco. With a passion for music technology as both a developer and musician, creating music software is simply part of his music-making process. Countless prototypes are built with Ableton Live, MaxMSP, Monome, TouchOSC, and Lemur—tools which inspire him both musically and technically. His professional mission is to... Read More →

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Hacking Sound (Systems)

The resurgence of a technological Maker Culture is undeniable, and Moogfest is a gathering for all those enthused by new tools for creative expression. This program includes a historical look at the evolution of dub reggae and home-made sound systems, radiating outwards from its native Jamaica. These artists and producers were hardware hackers, much like the creative technologists working on interactive sonic experiences and generative music... Read More →


10:00am

Video Synthesis + Collaboration
Limited Capacity full

A collaborative video-making workshop providing participants with the opportunity to learn the basics of modular analog video synthesizers in a creative play space. Led by Jennifer Juniper Stratford with Los Angeles-based synthesizer technician Stephi Duckula, this workshop delivers a hands-on experience and invites all levels of skill, focusing on play, experimentation and improvisation.

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

By registering for a workshop, you acknowledge that Moogfest may share your email address with the instructor for the purpose of planning and coordinating this event.  
  

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Jennifer Juniper Stratford (Undervolt & Co)

Jennifer Juniper Stratford is a multidimensional media artist seeking new dimensions and other-worldly representation through the use of obsolete communication technologies. In 2004 she established Telefantasy Studios, an analog media lab and practical effects studio dedicated to the creation of avant-garde television and experiments in video. Using broadcast equipment cast off from the entertainment industry, Telefantasy Studios produces new... Read More →
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Stephi Duckula (Undervolt & Co.)

Stephi Duckula is an experimental audiovisual artist with a passion for exploring past and present synthesis technologies, while channeling her own brand of nostalgia and ornithomania into surreal variegated mindscapes. Working with electronics and synthesizers for over fifteen years, Stephi enjoyed a career that led her to Jet Propulsion Laboratories and eventually to managing Big City Music where she provides knowledge and expertise to... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 10:00am - 1:00pm
Duke I&E 215 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701

10:00am

Moog Music Synth Building Workshop (GROUP C1) (Closed)
Limited Capacity full

This two-day synth-building workshop, led by Moog engineers, invites a select group of enthusiasts to build and keep their very own unreleased Moog analog synthesizer and sequencer. The hands-on workshop is conducted in two, three-hour sessions within a pop-up Moog production facility.

No experience necessary, but basic soldering knowledge is recommended.

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Moog Music

Moog Music is the leading producer of analog synthesizers in the world. The employee-owned company and its customers carry on the legacy of its founder, electronic musical instrument pioneer, Dr. Bob Moog.  All of Moog’s instruments are hand built in its factory on the edge of downtown Asheville, NC.


10:00am

Modular Marketplace
An electronic pop-up shop showcasing the latest and greatest from a lineup of innovative instrument makers. Boutique electronics, experimental effects, and modern modular synthesizers combine for an interactive exhibition where the public can engage with new musical devices and their designers.

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4MS

4MS
4ms Company has been designing and building innovative audio electronics for | musicians since 1996. 4ms Company offers alternatives to traditional instruments with our poly-rhythmic clock modules that create evolving complex mathematical beat patterns, a resonator that can cast pop music into micro-tonal keys, a chaos generator that confounds attempts to make the same sound twice, a routing matrix that's played like an instrument, and... Read More →
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Artiphon

Artiphon is a consumer electronics company designing creative technologies for everyday music-making.
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Audulus

Audulus is a cross-platform visual programming environment that allows you to design sound from first principles. Audulus is a *modular* modular synthesizer, providing the ingredients to create your own modules from scratch. Classrooms and workshops around the world are already using Audulus to teach the fundamentals of synthesis. Even some analog synthesizer companies are now using Audulus to prototype new products. Audulus is frequently updated... Read More →
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Delptronics

Delptronics designs and manufactures Eurorack synthesizer modules, drum machines, and all manner of unique electronic musical instruments.
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Intellijel

Intellijel is a Canadian based team of engineers, university professors, musicians and synth geeks. | Their deep passion for electronic music has lead them to create a large range of sophisticated and high quality modular synthesizer products used by musicians and fellow synth nerds worldwide.
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Neuronics

Neuronics is an exciting new adventure in scientific sound synthesis helmed by Leon Dewan of Dewanatron and Producer Josh Humphrey.
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Reverb.com

Reverb.com's mission is to create the best place for musicians to buy and sell the gear they use to create the music they love. Our marketplace was built to foster safe and secure transactions, inspire musicians to discover more ways to expand their playing and sound, and cultivate the most vibrant and inspired music community anywhere online.
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Sunhouse

Sensory Percussion is a hardware/software system that works to bridge the gap between acoustic drum playing and electronic sound. It turns the surface of your drum into an expressive digital music controller, allowing you to control complex electronic sound mappings by just playing the drums, translating all the human nuances of live performance through to the digital sounds. While standard trigger systems turn your drum into little more than... Read More →
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Synthrotek

Synthrotek started in Seattle in late 2009 as both a business and a passion. Steve started building his own small synths by taking laser paper, acid, and an iron and etching his own boards. It occurred to him that other folks might want to do the same thing, but with much less hassle. He recruited a couple locals to help design the projects that he was working on. The Atari Punk Console was their first completed project. Since then, we have... Read More →
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WMD

WMD is a manufacturer of music hardware including Modular Synthesizers, Guitar Pedals, and stand alone music instruments. Our focus is to create quality products with an emphasis on features and versatility. In addition to our own line of products we offer manufacturing services to both startups and established modular synthesizer companies.
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Kilpatrick Audio

Kilpatrick Audio strives to create unique and interesting musical equipment designed to sound great, be fun to use, and to inspire musical ideas in the exploration of new sounds. Through use of both new and vintage circuits, and cutting edge software Kilpatrick Audio makes inspiring experiences.
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Malekko Heavy Industry Corporation

Malekko Heavy Industry Corporation designs and builds products in Portland Oregon USA, specializing in both synthesizer modules and guitar pedals. The company is co-owned by entrepreneur Josh Holley and music industry veteran Paul Barker of bands Ministry, Puscifer, Lead Into Gold, and others.
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The Counterpointer

The Counterpointer is a synthesizer that generates three-voice harmonies in the style of Bach. To an alto melody created by the user, it generates bass and soprano voices based on the rules of eighteenth–century counterpoint. Created by Luisa Pereira ––an artist, engineer, and musician based in New York City–– The Counterpointer is the first device in The Well–Sequenced Synthesizer, a series of devices that... Read More →
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Noise Engineering

Noise Engineering is character in a small footprint. Digital when it works, analog when itworks. Exploring new sound spaces to help broaden the universe of musical tone in thecontext of a proper interactive interface.
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Suit & Tie Guy

Suit & Tie Guy designs and manufactures Eurorack and Moog (MU) format modular synthesizers in the middle of America. Suit & Tie Guy develops many modular circuits, but specializes in sequencing, timing, and clock functionality in the modular environment. 
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LZX Industries

LZX Industries create modular instruments for analogue video synthesis and processing.
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Bastl Instruments

Bastl Instruments is a dynamic and community driven company focused on producinghand-made electronic musical instruments. The products we make mainly spring fromour needs we have as musicians and range from tabletop instruments and utilities tomodules for eurorack modular systems. We are based in Brno, Czech Republic wherewe also run a small shop called noise.kitchen . It all started in 2011 as Standuino andtransformed into Bastl in 2013. In 2015... Read More →
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Mutable Instruments

Olivier Gillet has been crafting audio signal processing code for more than two decades, working on projects as diverse as research on drum loop analysis or automatic music transcription, recommendation systems for online music services, game audio engines, or one of the very first mobile DAW. In 2009, he designed his first hardware synthesizer, the Shruti-1, to teach himself electronics. The project became popular in the Synth DIY community, and... Read More →
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Bleep Labs

Bleep Labs
Bleep Labs has been designing and building analog and digital synthesizer kits and noise | friends since 2006.
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Modular Marketplace

From an instrument that can make any musical sound imaginable to the latest DIY modular synthesizers, Moogfest 2016 will showcase the future of electronic music at the Modular Marketplace, a free, interactive pop-up where fans can play with, test-drive, and experience the next generation of musical devices and meet their designers. | | Playing the wares and interacting with the designers is encouraged in this pulsating electronic instrument... Read More →
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Black Market Modular

Black Market Modular is a modular synthesizer/accessories/cable manufacturer and is the designer of the new open-source "modular-modular" format known as ColourCV with it's release of the eurorack version of the Colour Palette.
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Sputnik Modular

Modular Synths influenced by West Coast design philosophy.
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ZVEX Modular

After nearly two decades of designing innovative guitar pedals, ZVEX Effects is entering the modular synthesizer market by debuting it's new line of eurorack modules.
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Big City Music

Big City Music is a Los Angeles based synth shop with boutique pedals, modular synths, and other electronic instruments exclusive to BCM. We have specialized in analog synth sales since 1995, first in vintage equipment sales and eventually expanding into the growing "new" analog market.
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Make Noise

What started as a re-visioning of jettisoned music technology grew into a crew of folks— Make Noise—working together in Asheville, NC, to design and build some pretty strange, but thoughtful modular synthesizers. We see our instruments as a collaboration with musicians who create once in a lifetime performances that push boundaries and play the notes between the notes to discover the unfound sounds. We want our instruments to be an... Read More →
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Electric Objects

EO1 by Electric Objects is an Internet-connected screen designed specifically for art, capable of playing video, animations, high definition images, or web-based work. Discover and display more than 10,000 works of art. Browse collections curated by prominent artists, publishers, libraries, and museums, and keep anything you like. Display your own GIFs, pics, video, and web art, too.
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Switched On

Switched On is a sythesis and pro-audio retail store locate in Austin Tx. Founded on 2010, Switched On has become a destination for musicians worldwide offering the best of new and vintage audio tools for music professionals and enthusiasts alike. Switched On provides not only world-class pre-sales consultation but also repair services for synths of every era, analog and digital recording devices, amplifiers, microphones, and more. Switched On is... Read More →
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Endangered Audio Research

Endangered Audio Research is a boutique guitar pedal and modular synthesizer company based in Asheville, North Carolina. Focusing on rescuing and updating old and forgotten circuits, EAR brings vintage sound to the modern market without the vintage price tag.
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Erogenous Tones

Erogenous Tones is an audio hardware and software company founded by Rick Burnett in 2015 to pursue his passions as an electrical engineer and musician. After being introduced to the eurorack modular format at Moogfest 2012, his interest was drawn towards participation in the modular community - leading him to collaborate with Andrew Morelli and Steady State Fate on his first modular offering 'GateStorm’, an advanced gate generator... Read More →


10:00am

Mammal Music
Ever mix a bear’s roar with a bass line? Ever sampled from a whale song? Using Mammal Music, you become a wilderness DJ by combining musical loops, natural sounds and animal calls to make unique musical mixes. You start by choosing a rhythm, add a melody and a bass line, and then play with the animal sounds and natural soundscapes. Add some choice effects to the mix and hear your creations come to life! Fun for all ages. 

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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh is the most visited museum in the state and the largest institution of its kind in the Southeast. Through exhibits, programs, and field experiences, the Museum provides everyone with opportunities to get up close and personal with science and nature. Where else can you touch the bones of a Right Whale, come face to face with a Cretaceous carnivore, or sit in the center of the Earth... Read More →


10:00am

The Global Synthesizer Project
Yuri Suzuki and Moog Music proudly present 'The Global Synthesizer Project,' an interactive electronic musical instrument installation where users can synthesize environmental sounds from around the world. Utilizing an arch be of atmospheric field recordings from diverse geographies, 'The Global Synthesizer Project' empowers users to create new sonic environments through the manipulation of the source material.

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Yuri Suzuki

Yuri Suzuki is a sound artist, designer, and electronic musician who produces work that explores the realms of sound through exquisitely designed pieces. | | After working with Japanese art unit Maywa Denki–where he developed a strong interest in music and technology–he moved to London to study at the Royal College of Art. While in school, Yuri did some work for Yamaha, and after graduating in 2008, he opened his own studio in... Read More →


10:00am

Pollinator Synthesizer
The Pollinator Synthesizer is a generative soundscape, reacting in real time to the bees inside the Burt’s Bees Observation Hive. Microphones and optical sensors detect bees moving in and out. Capacitive sensors detect presence and movement of the bees. Temperature and humidity sensors track subtle variations in the hive near the queen. All that data is interpreted into a droning ambient bee-inspired soundscape.

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Ranjit Bhatnagar

Ranjit works with interactive and sound installations, scanner photography, and, internet-based collaborative art. Recent works have been exhibited at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, the Parc d’aventures scientifiques in Belgium, Flux Factory in Queens, in the Artbots series at Eyebeam Atelier and the Pratt Institute in New York, and the Mermaid Show at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Brooklyn. He recently taught... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 10:00am - 7:00pm
American Tobacco Campus 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701

10:00am

THETA: Virtual Reality
THETA (Θ) is a guided meditation virtual reality spa: an experiential installation founded on principles of sensorial decadence and medical relaxation.

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Flatsitter

Flatsitter is an interdisciplinary collaboration that incorporates video, software programming, performance and installation. Our artistic works nurture a perception of society, community and environment as interlocking parts of a creative experience and are exhibited in an array of formats, such as ephemeral web collections, live performances, site-specific installations, and live virtual reality experiences utilizing the Oculus Rift. Flatsitter... Read More →


10:00am

Celebrating the Work of Don Buchla: From the Collection of Richard Smith

Don Buchla is an American pioneer in the field of sound synthesis. A contemporary of Bob Moog, Buchla designed and sold Modular synthesizers starting in 1963.

Richard Smith, an electronics technician and musician with over fifteen years of experience in the restoration of historic high-end systems by Buchla, Moog, ARP, and EMS, has amassed the world’s most complete collection of electronic instruments ever assembled by designer Don Buchla, comprised of discrete instruments as well as prototypes, historical photographs, brochures and support documentation spanning 1965 to 2005. Moogfest celebrates the work and legacy of Don Buchla with an exhibition curated from the collections of Richard Smith, Suzanne Ciani, Kurt Kurasaki, and Switched On, featuring rare Buchla devices and ephemera spanning over 50 years.

Presented by Red Bull Music Academy.

Richard Smith, along with Alessandro Cortini, Morton Subotnik, Sarah Davachi, and Suzanne Ciani, honor Don Buchla in a very special concert at 3:45pm on Friday, May 20th at the Durham Arts Council PSI Theatre.

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Richard Smith

Richard Smith is an electronics technician and musician with over fifteen years of experience in the restoration of historic high-end systems by Buchla, Moog, ARP, and EMS. His clients include some of the most influential electronic artists of the last fifty years, musicians such as Morton Subotnick, Suzanne Ciani, Aphex Twin, and The Chemical Brothers, as well as respected institutions such as Mills College, New York University, and the... Read More →

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Instrument Innovators

Since the first humans stood upright, people have been compelled to make sounds and compose them into rhythm and song. Humanity progresses, societies evolve, and expressions, representations, and tastes shift wildly, but the drive to make tools that produce music has, and will always, permeate all cultures. Once instrument builders first began to harness electronic technologies into new possibilities for instrument design, the... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 10:00am - 8:00pm
Durham Arts Council Foyer 120 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701

10:00am

Realiti - Inside the Music of Grimes
Realiti – Inside the Music of Grimes is an environment that celebrates music, art and technology by offering fans a unique chance to remix the track ‘Realiti’ by festival headliner Grimes. Redefining the music experience, the installation invites visitors to manipulate their surroundings as they explore an ever-evolving world. 

The installation’s system is a part of Microsoft’s ongoing Music x Tech program. Powered by Microsoft's Kinect technology, the innovative hardware recognizes and tracks each interaction with the installation, translating the data into unique sounds and visuals. The result is a dynamic and immersive environment that blurs the line between creator and audience.

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Grimes

Since her critically acclaimed third album, Visions, was released, the Canadian electronic musician and producer Claire Boucher (a.k.a. Grimes) has toured the world and become an international phenomenon. She's headlined festivals, performed on late night television programs such as Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Later With Jools Holland, and has graced the cover of countless music and fashion magazines. During this time she wrote, produced... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 10:00am - 8:00pm
DCC PLAZA 301 West Morgan St, Durham, NC 27701

10:00am

Body Scrub, Gender
Current Trajectory: 
Sensing a new convergence of the Cinematic and Performing Arts, Kurosh uses inexpensive video game technology to amplify the body language. On stage, his Body Scrub Device returns control of the audience experience​ to performers. And off the stage, it is a virtual fun-house mirror encouraging spectators to become the spectacle. Body Scrub; Gender was intended for display at/near public bathrooms. It reflects viewer-participants as male and female symbols, suggesting gender is fluid, and not a binary as indicated at these facilities.

Title: Body Scrub, Gender
Media: Interactive Installation
Hardware: Kinect sensor, dual-boot Mac mini, High Definition LED screen; 
Software: Unity game-engine, Zigfu plug-in, Photoshop, After Effects
Credits: Kurosh ValaNejad created the Body Scrub device at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.  Game Innovation Lab Research Associate Todd Furmanski wrote the code, Art assets used to develop and test the software were created by USC Animation MFA candidates Nesli Erten. And technical guidance and artistic encouragement was provided by Vangelis Lympouridis, Visiting Scholar at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

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Kurosh ValaNejad

Research Artist, USC Cinema
Kurosh ValaNejad is an Iranian-American who was born an American-Iranian in Tehran in 1966 to an Iranian father and an American mother.  In 1977, just before the Iranian Revolution, he moved to Midwest City, Oklahoma.  He now lives in the west Mid-City neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.   Since 2001, he has helped develop well-meaning computer applications, aka Serious games, at USC research labs where his work has... Read More →


10:00am

The WiFi Whisperer
Wireless is one of the most ubiquitous means of digital connectivity, shaping our experience of networks and the internet. But far from being a neutral medium, these networks often betray their users. This can happen when an internet provider decides to monitor or manipulate your data, but also when someone nearby listens in on your activity, or even tricks your device into telling them more than it should. 

The WiFi Whisperer is an art installation that explores the social nature of the WiFi protocol, introducing some important technical concepts for understanding WiFi and networks, and creatively interprets data from the air. 

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Kyle McDonald

Kyle McDonald created People Staring at Computers, a Tumblr Blog and art project, in June of 2011. McDonald installed an application to take pictures of Apple Store customers in the West 14 Street and SoHo Street Apple Stores in Manhattan. McDonald would also take video of the customer’s reactions once the picture was taken. The project was complete after three days and in total collected over a thousand photographs of Apple Store... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 10:00am - 11:00pm
Carolina Theatre Alcove 309 W Morgan St, Durham, NC 27701

10:00am

PLAY—Sound
Play–Sound is an interactive sound installation by global design & innovation firm, IDEO.
This installation explores sound and creative play through a body-scaled, playful composition of inflatable spheres. Each sphere is equipped with inertial motion sensors—acceleration, rotation, and the Earth’s magnetic fields—enabling the composition of spheres to act as a gestural musical interface. The gestures are interpreted through machine learning and used to sculpt an evolving dynamic sonic output.

Participants play these spheres alone or in groups as a giant beach-ball powered synthesizer!

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IDEO

IDEO
IDEO (eye-dee-oh) is a leading global design firm that takes a human-centered, design-based approach to helping organizations grow. Powered by 600+ people in 10 offices across the globe, we work closely with our clients—start-ups, leading brands, private, public and social sectors—to unlock their creative potential and create positive impact through design.


Friday May 20, 2016 10:00am - Sunday May 22, 2016 7:00pm
The Cage 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701

10:30am

Modular Marketplace Guided Introduction
Join us for a guided introduction to the circuit designers, software coders, UX designers, retail experts, artists, producers, and engineers creating new sounds and ideas at the Modular Marketplace. The Modular Marketplace is a place where electronic instrument makers come to discuss, demonstrate, discover, and sell musical electronics. Here you’ll be able to have hands on tutorials with modular synthesizers, vintage synthesizers, digital audio workstation, analog and digital effects processors, iOS Music applications, robotic sequencers, aleotoric composition tools, DIY kits, one-of-a-kind instruments, and more.

** This session is free and open to the public as part of Moogfest’s STEAM program. A festival ticket is not required. 

This guided introduction is limited in capacity and offered on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time. Entrance is not guaranteed.

 

10:30am

Acoustic Metamaterials
Humans interact with sound in many ways, and our ability to control sound—including generating it, steering it, and absorbing it—is essential in many applications. Conventional, off-the-shelf materials offer rather limited ways to do this. Steven A. Cummer (Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Duke University) will talk on the science and application of acoustic metamaterials, or artificial materials for sound, which enable us to create engineered structures to manipulate and control sound waves in ways that are not possible with ordinary materials. This includes creating acoustic holograms that can project a sound field with an almost arbitrary physical shape, and designing acoustic cloaking materials that can make an object effectively invisible to sound.

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Steven A. Cummer (Duke University)

Steven A. Cummer is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and spent two years at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center before joining Duke. Professor Cummer’s research is broadly focused on understanding and exploiting the interaction of different kinds of waves—including radio, sound, and light... Read More →

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Hacking Sound (Systems)

The resurgence of a technological Maker Culture is undeniable, and Moogfest is a gathering for all those enthused by new tools for creative expression. This program includes a historical look at the evolution of dub reggae and home-made sound systems, radiating outwards from its native Jamaica. These artists and producers were hardware hackers, much like the creative technologists working on interactive sonic experiences and generative music... Read More →


10:30am

Human-Centered Smart Environments: How Close Can We Get to the Holodeck?
Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) brings together artists, designers, engineers, and scientists to create entirely new ways of interacting with the world around us.
In this presentation, you will see and hear where the cutting edge of technology, from on-body sensing to massive immersive environments, is taking our senses as we enter the age of human-centered smart environments.
The flagship of the institute is a four story “Cube” with 24 motion capture cameras and 150 speakers to enable anyone to walk through the FutureHaus, experience what it is like to be in a tornado, listen to what it sounds like to be on the football field during a college game, or explore “Big Data” in entirely new ways. Artists create sculptures to visualize parallel computing and create environments to experience the coastal estuaries of North Carolina without getting sandy. ICAT’s scientists study the emotional changes as we walk through immersive environments exploring the question, “How close can we really get to the Holodeck?”

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R. Benjamin Knapp (Virginia Tech ICAT)

R. Benjamin Knapp is the Director of the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) and Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. For more than 20 years, Dr. Knapp has been working to create meaningful links between human-computer interaction, universal design, and various forms of creativity. His research on human-computer interaction has focused on the development and design of user-interfaces and software that allow both... Read More →


10:30am

Radical Radio
Exploring radio as technology, concept, and practice; reflecting on its history for facilitating democratic expression; and looking to radio’s future as an evolving sound medium for artists, documentarians, musicians, educators, and performers. Within an event space transformed as a multi-channel low-watt radio installation – with a sonic basis of manipulations of the atomic clock – four artists provide commentary on how the traditions of radio inform the modern application of sound: radio artist and composer Anna Friz on the historical theory and practice of the art of radio transmission; transmission artist Jeff Kolar on using current considerations for radio as an apparatus for sonification of the electromagnetic spectrum; screenwriter and radio producer Sharon Mashihi on the performance of audio narrative; and audio artist Kaitlin Prest on theoretical possibilities for podcasting as an art form. These analyses are supported through performances by these artists in pairs, exhibiting the cross-disciplinary aspects of radio practice: Friz and Kolar perform radio as instrument, giving subtle treatment to the airwaves and unstable circuits from which highly detailed landscapes emerge; and Prest and Mashihi perform radio as theatre to launch an investigation into sound, object, and the ways that human beings torment themselves.

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Shani Aviram (Megapolis)

Shani Aviram is the programming director for Megapolis Audio Festival as well as a composer, sound designer, and radio producer. She has worked with Reduced Listening productions and acclaimed podcasts Love+Radio and The Heart. Her work with The Heart has been featured on Australian Broadcasting Corporation and podcasts such as The Truth and Why Oh Why. Shani holds a BA in music composition from Mills College where she studied with... Read More →
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Justin Grotelueschen (Megapolis)

Justin is the co-founder and Managing Director of MEGAPOLIS and has a long-standing interest in musique concrete, noise, improvisation, and looping. Before MEGAPOLIS, he worked or volunteered for public, community, and campus radio stations and related media organizations for 13 years. He began performing weekly on the radio in 1997 by live-mixing minuscule snippets of songs from the KRNU music library, and continued in 2003 with a weekly... Read More →
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Anna Friz

Anna Friz got her start in campus/community radio at CiTR Vancouver in 1993. Since then she has created audio art and radiophonic works for extensive international broadcast, installation, or performance in more than 25 countries. She also creates dynamic, atmospheric compositions for theatre, dance, film, and solo performance equally able to reflect upon public media culture or to reveal expressive interior landscapes. Anna holds a Ph.D. in... Read More →
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Jeff Kolar

Jeff Kolar is a sound artist and curator working in Chicago, USA. His work, described as “speaker-shredding” (Half Letter Press) and “wonderfully strange” (John Corbett), includes cross-platform collaboration, low-powered radio, and live performance. His work often activates sound in unconventional, temporary, and ephemeral ways using appropriation and remix as a critical practice. Jeff is a free103point9 Transmission... Read More →
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Kaitlin Prest

Kaitlin Prest is an audio artist working in radio, performance, and installation and the host of Radiotopia's The Heart Podcast. She works creatively directing independent podcast projects and does public speaking and private consulting about storytelling with sound (Third Coast International Audio Festival, UnionDocs, Transom Story Workshop). Her documentary work was awarded the Hearsay Festival’s Overall Prize 2014, National Community... Read More →

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Radio & the Radiophonic

“Radio” today describes an idea as much as any particular communications technology. It has been almost one hundred years since the first wireless broadcasts for entertainment, and radio seems livelier than ever: from AM, to FM, to HAM, to satellite, with internet streaming, apps and podcasts, this sound medium knows no bounds. So, what is radio today? And how has this technology sustained so much... Read More →


11:00am

Beats & Star Wars Demo
Blackspace hosts a beat making and coding demo, that takes youth from Durham, to a galaxy far, far away. Beat Making Lab™ co-founder Pierce Freelon and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Design Center at NC State present an app currently in development that would allow youth from around the world to share music and ideas through at Darth-vader robot. Participants get a brief history of the project, exchange sounds and make a beat together.

** This session is free and open to the public as part of Moogfest’s STEAM program. A festival ticket is not required. 

This workshop is limited in capacity and offered on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time. Entrance is not guaranteed.

 


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Pierce Freelon

Pierce Freelon is an Afro-futurist, professor, musician, and organizer. He is the creator of Blackspace—a digital makerspace based in Durham, North Carolina; and the co-founder/host of the PBS web-series Beat Making Lab. He teaches in the Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies at UNC Chapel Hill, and is the front-man of the jazz/hip hop quartet The Beast.

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Afrofuturism

Do androids dream of analog synths? Combining elements of science fiction, astral jazz, historical fiction, psychedelic hip hop, fantasy, and magic realism with non-Occidental cosmologies in order to critique not only the present-day dilemmas of the other, but also to revise, interrogate, and re-examine the historical events of the past. From the vibrant, frenetic canvases of Jean-Michel Basquiat to the extraterrestrial mythos of... Read More →
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STEAM

21st-century workers require skills that many of today’s graduates don’t have. Enter the STEM Education Plan: a strategy to strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math curricula across America. While industry remains tightly coupled with the STEM subjects, creative and applied arts are not always recognized for their role in catalyzing innovation. Today there is a movement to transform research policy to place Art + Design... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Full Frame Theater 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701

11:00am

Musical Rube Goldberg Workshop
The Forge Initiative invites students of all ages to explore sequencing, timing, and mechanics using Rube Goldberg Machine constructions.

Webster's Dictionary added "Rube Goldberg" to its listing, defining it as “a comically involved, complicated invention, laboriously contrived to perform a simple operation." But Rube Goldberg’s "inventions," drawn for our pleasure, can actually work. By inventing excessively complex ways to accomplish simple tasks, he entertained us and poked fun at the gadgets designed to make our lives easier.

Sequencing, timing and mechanics are critical engineering skills that are just as important in the world of music and art. The students will be using these materials to explore both basic and advanced mechanical and programming concepts by building hands on "Musical Rube Goldberg" machines. Complexity can vary between simple domino runs to complex mechanisms.

** This session is free and open to the public as part of Moogfest’s STEAM program. A festival ticket is not required. 

This workshop is limited in capacity and offered on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time. Entrance is not guaranteed.

If you would like to pre-register, you can do so directly with The Forge at http://theforgedowntown.org/moogfest  

 


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The Forge

The Forge Initiative believes that our future will be stronger and our communities more vibrant when people of all ages can engage collaboratively in technology. We act to create that future within each “Forge.” The team of volunteers from The Forge Initiative is made up of self-identified makers, 3D printing enthusiasts, competitive robotics experts and artists experienced in making STEAM accessible to all ages.

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STEAM

21st-century workers require skills that many of today’s graduates don’t have. Enter the STEM Education Plan: a strategy to strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math curricula across America. While industry remains tightly coupled with the STEM subjects, creative and applied arts are not always recognized for their role in catalyzing innovation. Today there is a movement to transform research policy to place Art + Design... Read More →


11:00am

The Aloft Hotel Musical Playground
The Aloft Hotel Musical Playground is an immersive installation incorporating analog and digital instruments. Anyone can play, loop, record, and share their music.
Housed in a 24-foot geodesic dome, the Musical Playground will consist of several instruments by Critter and Guitari, as well as a host of sequencers, theremins, synthesizers, and pedals. The instruments are arranged in a circular configuration on a series of sculptural pedestals to prompt collaboration. All instruments are simultaneously powerful, playful, and intuitive. Speakers play back sounds for those in the tent. Attendees are able to build layers of sound, pass sounds from one another, play with resonance, invent new musical games, alter playback speed, and explore new harmonies. In the Musical Playground, the possibilities are endless.

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Critter & Guitari

Critter & Guitari designs and manufactures musical instruments and video synthesizers. After meeting in school, Critter & Guitari’s founders, Owen Osborn and Chris Kucinski, began playing music together. It wasn’t long before they started building musical instruments too. Their fascination with technology, materials and design led them down different creative avenues: producing interactive sculptures, developing commercial... Read More →
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George Langford

George Langford is one half of the eclectic collage-pop band Javelin. Signed to Luaka Bop, a world music label started by David Byrne, Javelin is known for its high-energy performances, left-field remixes and all over the map catalog. They are Moogfest alums, class of 2010. When not performing with the band, George is a commercial composer, music educator, apple farmer and close cohort of Critter & Guitari.
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Chris Powell

Christopher Powell (aka Pow Pow, aka PayPow, aka Powserati) is a self-taught rhythm scholar, producer, and beat-maker living in Philadelphia, PA.  As a main contributor in the Philadelphia art and sound collective Need New Body, which fused improvisation with popular song structures, Powell began a career of international recording and performance, creating music at the nexus of art and entertainment. Since 1999, he has collaborated... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 11:00am - 8:00pm
Diamond View Park 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701

11:45am

IBM Watson 202: Cognitive Tech. for Developers
Limited Capacity full

This developer workshop is a hands on experience with IBM's Watson. Starting with a set of Watson services, attendees of all skill levels build several Powered by Watson apps, gaining experience using cognitive technologies.

This workshop is perfect for application developers and technical leaders who want to learn how to use next-gen technology to revolutionize products and applications.

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

By registering for a workshop, you acknowledge that Moogfest may share your email address with the instructor for the purpose of planning and coordinating this event.  
  

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IBM Watson

Watson is the first commercially available cognitive computing capability, representing a new era in computing. Watson analyzes high volumes of data and processes information more like a human than a computer—by understanding natural language, generating hypotheses based on evidence, and learning as it goes. | The IBM Watson Ecosystem is a growing community of new and established businesses tapping into more than 30 Watson APIs to bring... Read More →

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Art & Artificial Intelligence

We are entering into a new age of computer science research: an age where machine learning algorithms use neural networks or probabilistic Markov models to emulate thinking, and consequently, conscious creativity. It is not merely encyclopedic knowledge, but creative problem solving that will define the future of artificial intelligence. What does it mean if computers be taught to hear, write, improvise, and play music? And can they do it in a... Read More →


12:00pm

The Wifi Whisperer: A Conversation
Every day we reveal our lives through our data, to friends and foes alike. But our data isn’t just available from over sharing on social media, or creating account after account for online shopping. Our smartphones constantly leak data as they search for WiFi and Bluetooth connections and reveal past network connections, geolocation info, and even your name. This data can be collected when an internet provider decides to monitor or manipulate your activity, but also when individuals track and even trick your device into telling them more than it should.

The WiFi Whisperer is an art installation that was created into order to explore and expose this phenomenon. In this conversational workshop, artists and engineers Kyle McDonald and Surya Mattu explain the technology and investigate the social implications of the project, while creatively interpreting data captured from the air in real-time. Moderated by Gail Marie.

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Hacking Sound (Systems)

The resurgence of a technological Maker Culture is undeniable, and Moogfest is a gathering for all those enthused by new tools for creative expression. This program includes a historical look at the evolution of dub reggae and home-made sound systems, radiating outwards from its native Jamaica. These artists and producers were hardware hackers, much like the creative technologists working on interactive sonic experiences and generative music... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Full Frame Theater 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701

12:00pm

Technoshamanism: A Very Psychedelic Century!
Join paleo-ecologist turned multimedia performer Michael Garfield for a playful, deep-as-hell discussion on the major transformations just around the corner – and a lesson in how you can harness the momentum of this change!
Get ready for a very psychedelic century! As our technologies evolve to be much smarter and more omnipresent, we will have to find a different paradigm to handle the dissolving boundary between the "made" and "born," the "natural" and "artificial." With every passing day, we move a little closer to a world of magical immersive mystery, living high technology, and interactive and intelligent responsive media environments – in short, a world that looks and feels a lot like pre-modernity's alive and interested cosmos.
Maybe there is something to the notion that the insights of indigenous medicine traditions are just what we require to navigate this brave new digital society. Where cybernetic science meets the psychedelic revolution – where techno-telepathic art collectives jam with internet-connected whales and robots – this is where you'll find the bleeding edge of techno-shamanism. And you are invited.

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Michael Garfield

Paleontologist turned cyber-acoustic guitarist and psychedelic performance philosopher, Michael Garfield's mind-expanding work maps the evolutionary landscape and our place in it. Co-host of the Future Fossils Podcast and contributor to countless websites (including H+ Magazine, Big Think, Reality Sandwich, BODYHXCON, SolPurpose), Michael speaks and writes about the intersections of emerging planetary consciousness, converging and accelerating... Read More →

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Technoshamanism

In regards to where he pulled his innovative ideas from, Bob Moog said, “Everything has some consciousness, and we tap into that. It’s about energy at its most basic level.” But how do we tune into that noosphere and bring next wave ideas to the fore? Who are the seers today, and how are they integrating technology into new “shamanic” practices in art and science? How do we understand rituals of trance in the context... Read More →


12:00pm

Masterclass with Daniel Lanois and The Orb
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Daniel Lanois

Daniel Lanois’s outsized mark on music continues to spread. As a protégé of Brian Eno, Lanois worked on classic Eno albums such as Ambient 4: On Land (1982) and Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks (1983). Lanois also collaborated with Eno in producing U2’s The Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby, and All That You Can’t Leave Behind. Lanois has also produced for Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Peter Gabriel, Neil Young, and Willie... Read More →
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The Orb

Midnight ravers greeted by “A Huge Ever Pulsating Pain that Rules from the Center of the Ultraworld” in the wake of a long night out understood – felt – that when the cock crows, one knows that after the party it’s the Orb. As England came down from Thatcherism, the Orb pioneered ambient house by slowing down Chicago house and adding ambient synth textures gleaned from the likes of Brian Eno.  After joining... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
The Armory 220 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701

12:00pm

Future Projections: Memories of the Space Age - A Question of Re-Entry

FUTURE PROJECTIONS : A QUESTION OF RE-ENTRY

Bill Brown + Sabrina Ratté + Harun Farocki + Hollis Frampton + Yuri Ancarani + Sara Magenheimer

“Appearing out of the emptiness and then disappearing again into emptiness.” – Harun Farocki 

From an orbiting satellite, everything becomes landscape.  Mountain becomes shadow, building becomes mark, that vast expanse of ocean is naught but a field of color.  And for that astronaut rotating far above her home planet, the distant Earth has steadily transformed itself into an object resembling nothing more than a glorious synth mirage (Ratté). The question of re-entry becomes a question of scale: how do we return to the everyday when the micro is the macro with a Buchla soundtrack (Frampton), when even the body has become terrain (Ancarani)?  The question of re-entry is a question of perspective (Magenheimer).  Featuring the world premiere of a new work by NC-based film-and-zinemaker Bill Brown!

FEATURING:

A Question of Re-Entry by Bill Brown (3:00, video, 2016)

Sightings: Landfall by Sabrina Ratté (7:00, video, 2014)

Parallel II by Harun Farocki (8:00, video, 2014)

Special Effects by Hollis Frampton (10:30, 16mm, 1972)

Da Vinci by Yuri Ancarani (24:00, video, 2012)

Slow Zoom Long Pause by Sara Magenheimer (13:00, video, 2015)

TRT 68

FUTURE PROJECTIONS is a 9-part screening program of short film and video work drawn from 125 years of techno-prophecy and oracular future-visions.  Taking its title from distopian sci-fi author JG Ballard’s short story collection of the same name, each program in Memories of the Space Age follows the thread of a different tale, tracing out a conceptual audiovisual line into the (im)possible horizons of our future planet(s) – an Earth vibrating under the heat of multiple suns, subject to the pull of infinite moons, and peopled by a population not unlike our own.  Herein are 45+ short films, videos and movies-with-live-soundtracks conjured forth by the most forward-thinking media artists of our time(s): from computer pioneers to mechanical futurists, FX wizards to analogue feedback architects, landscape holographers to post-human anthropologists, cyber-essayists to Uncanny Valley voyagers, cut-up creationists to magical (un)realists, and 16mm futurologists to digital humanists – Future Projections presents a kinetic and syncretic history of All That Is Yet To Be.

Highlights include an embedded 16mm tribute to the great musician and filmmaker Tony Conrad (RIP); two radical video synth landscapes by Montreal artist Sabrina Ratté; Japanese noise filmmaker Makino Takashi’s 3D-immersive Cinéma Concrete, late German essayist Harun Farocki’s videogame dissection Parallel I-IV, French avant-garde filmmaker Rose Lowder’s flicker tour-de-force Bouquets 21-30, Cauleen Smith’s Eternals-track’d Afrofuturist collage Songs for Earth and Folk, commissions of 9 new shorts by local and national filmmakers, and more!

FEATURING NEW COMMISSIONS BY: Alee Peoples + Bill Brown + Brendan and Jeremy Smyth + Edward Rankus + Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby + Ephraim Asili + Mary Helena Clark + Sabine Gruffat + Stephanie Barber 

FEATURING FILMS / VIDEOS BY: Adam Beckett + Barbara Hammer + Basma Alsharif + Beatrice Gibson + Ben Rivers + Cauleen Smith + Chris Marker + David O’Reilly + Deborah Stratman + Doris Chase + Harun Farocki + Hollis Frampton + Jacolby Satterwhite + Jeremy Bailey + Jesse McLean + JJ Murphy + John Whitney + Lawrence Jordan + Lillian Schwartz +  Louis Henderson + Makino Takashi + Michael Robinson + Mike Stoltz + OJOBOCA + Peter Burr + Pierre Huyghe +  Rachel Rose + Rosa Barba +  Rose Lowder + Sabrina Ratté + Sara Magenheimer + Scott Bartlett + Semiconductor + Shambhavi Kaul + Tony Conrad + Wojciech Bakowski + Yuri Ancarani


With support from the Video Data Bank, www.vdb.org



Friday May 20, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Carolina Theatre, Cinema 2 309 W Morgan St, Durham, NC 27701

12:00pm

Office Hours

Office Hours will be hosted by Moogfest talent, speakers and workshop facilitators. This is an opportunity for attendees (and other talent!) to continue conversations that were started on the stage. It is a space for networking, scheming, collaboration, and one-on-one access that would not otherwise be possible.

12:00pm

The Exchange: Switchboard Synthesizers
The Exchange Project is an installation of repurposed antique manual telephone switchboards converted into a working modular synthesizer system, enabling the user to embody early telephone operator demoiselles at work; to see and touch audio pathways that networks of voices once travelled.

Antenes (Lori Napoleon) will reconstruct a manual telephone exchange office with a new functionality: patchable synth circuits housed in obsolete telephone switchboards. Inspired by how the inventions and uses of early telephony remain in today's instrument design, this project combines audio synthesis, sculpture, hacking and telephony. Modular synthesizers are enjoying a comeback as seen in the growth of manufacturers, kits, retail and online shops; The Exchange re-introduces a facet of audio history that traces its lineage back to the early telephone industry - reaching into these archives, traversing rural basements of telecom enthusiasts that house dusty, now non-functional relics, and brings them back to a life of patching signals that can be seen, felt, and heard. Antenes will perform daily at the Moog Fest and also provide an interactive demo and Q and A of the process. The conceptual impetus stems from the interplay of human operators with technology, exploring parallels between the musician, the technician, the worker, and the machine as living portal for content to pass. What makes an interface endure for over a century?

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Antenes

Antenes is a NYC-based DJ, producer, and electronics artist. She works in the tradition of object trouvé by following the lineage of synthesizer operation to vintage telephone equipment, and bringing them back to a life of patching signals by transforming them into her self-built laboratory of synthesizers and sequencers. Her solo production debut, The Track of a Storm vinyl EP on L.I.E.S., reveals three tracks of otherworldly techno... Read More →

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Hacking Sound (Systems)

The resurgence of a technological Maker Culture is undeniable, and Moogfest is a gathering for all those enthused by new tools for creative expression. This program includes a historical look at the evolution of dub reggae and home-made sound systems, radiating outwards from its native Jamaica. These artists and producers were hardware hackers, much like the creative technologists working on interactive sonic experiences and generative music... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 12:00pm - 6:00pm
The Carrack 111 W Parrish St, Durham, NC

12:15pm

Commission Possible
Limited Capacity full

Matt Werth (RVNG Intl) leads an intimate discussion on musical commissions in institutional settings. What is the code of conduct? How is this all shaking out?

With guests Peter Gordon, Greg Fox, Alex Sloane, Jocelyn Miller.

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

By registering for a workshop, you acknowledge that Moogfest may share your email address with the instructor for the purpose of planning and coordinating this event.   

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Matt Werth (RVNG Intl)

Matt Werth is the founder of RVNG Intl., a New York City-based music institution that operates on select principles, dealing with forward-reaching artists sometimes categorized as electronic, avant-garde, free, fried, etc. RVNG seeks and supports sincerity within our NYC music and arts communities and these same communities writ large. Whether it’s partnering with NYC’s White Columns Gallery and Krakow’s Unsound Festival, or... Read More →


1:00pm

Song Exploder Live Podcast Recording with ODESZA
Hrishikesh Hirway hosts a live recording of his Song Exploder podcast with ODESZA. Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. Using the isolated, individual tracks from the recording, host Hrishikesh Hirway asks artists to delve into the specific decisions that went into creating their work.

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ODESZA

In 2012, a striking new voice emerged from the wider surge of electronic music in the U.S. ODESZA’s Summer’s Gone stood out from the crowd; it was a collection of songs, not just beats; and its irresistible, startling dreaminess, addictive drums and fathoms-deep bass set it apart from the by-the-numbers brutality of EDM’s also-rans. In an age of manufactured internet buzz and carefully plotted hype, ODESZA’s story was... Read More →
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Song Exploder with Hrishikesh Hirway

On Song Exploder, musicians take apart a song, and piece by piece, tell the story of how it was made. The show is produced and edited by Hrishikesh Hirway. His own background as a songwriter, producer, and arranger (with his project The One AM Radio) led him to doing remixes for other artists, and every time he would hear the isolated tracks for their songs, he found it fascinating. Inspired by that, along with a love of editing, and stories... Read More →

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Radio & the Radiophonic

“Radio” today describes an idea as much as any particular communications technology. It has been almost one hundred years since the first wireless broadcasts for entertainment, and radio seems livelier than ever: from AM, to FM, to HAM, to satellite, with internet streaming, apps and podcasts, this sound medium knows no bounds. So, what is radio today? And how has this technology sustained so much... Read More →


1:00pm

Think It / Make It - Crowdfunding and Micro-Manufacturing for Musical Devices
With two successful crowdfunding campaigns under their belt, and a wide range of popular synthesizer products released to date, Kilpatrick Audio exemplifies the boutique synthesizer manufacturer. Discuss with Andrew Kilpatrick how both crowdfunding and micro-manufacturing has helped Kilpatrick Audio grow into a successful business with a worldwide presence.

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Andrew Kilpatrick

Andrew Kilpatrick is a skilled and dedicated electronics designer with years of professional experience in both hardware electronics and software design. In addition, Kilpatrick is a classically trained vocalist and skilled multi-instrumentalist. His passion for both music and electronics design gives him unique insight in the design process which combines art and technology.


Friday May 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Full Frame Theater 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701

1:00pm

Musical Rube Goldberg Workshop
The Forge Initiative invites students of all ages to explore sequencing, timing, and mechanics using Rube Goldberg Machine constructions.

Webster's Dictionary added "Rube Goldberg" to its listing, defining it as “a comically involved, complicated invention, laboriously contrived to perform a simple operation." But Rube Goldberg’s "inventions," drawn for our pleasure, can actually work. By inventing excessively complex ways to accomplish simple tasks, he entertained us and poked fun at the gadgets designed to make our lives easier.

Sequencing, timing and mechanics are critical engineering skills that are just as important in the world of music and art. The students will be using these materials to explore both basic and advanced mechanical and programming concepts by building hands on "Musical Rube Goldberg" machines. Complexity can vary between simple domino runs to complex mechanisms.

** This session is free and open to the public as part of Moogfest’s STEAM program. A festival ticket is not required. 

This workshop is limited in capacity and offered on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time. Entrance is not guaranteed.

If you would like to pre-register, you can do so directly with The Forge at http://theforgedowntown.org/moogfest  

 


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The Forge

The Forge Initiative believes that our future will be stronger and our communities more vibrant when people of all ages can engage collaboratively in technology. We act to create that future within each “Forge.” The team of volunteers from The Forge Initiative is made up of self-identified makers, 3D printing enthusiasts, competitive robotics experts and artists experienced in making STEAM accessible to all ages.

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STEAM

21st-century workers require skills that many of today’s graduates don’t have. Enter the STEM Education Plan: a strategy to strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math curricula across America. While industry remains tightly coupled with the STEM subjects, creative and applied arts are not always recognized for their role in catalyzing innovation. Today there is a movement to transform research policy to place Art + Design... Read More →


1:00pm

Unholy Matrimony Noise Music + Sparse Videogame Worlds
Limited Capacity full

Join the North American Legends themselves for a live performance and visual display by Patrick McDermott. Learn what it takes to do live visuals and live music in this workshop.

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

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Ghostdad

Known to many by his old DJ name (Ghostdad), Ryan Sciaino's practice centers around combining music and the moving image. He has performed live visuals at night clubs, venues, and some of the largest music festivals around the world. His visual practice started while touring with his band WIN WIN and continued while touring with the rapper Spank Rock. He went on to create visual experiences for several international touring artists. His work with... Read More →
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Patrick McDermott

Patrick McDermott is a musician and record label owner/manager based in Los Angeles California. McDermott makes ambient noise music under the moniker North Americans and co-founded Driftless recordings with Joel Ford. McDermott also label manages Ghost Ramp, a unique record label with a focus on video game soundtracks - where his passion for ambient soundscapes and videogame obsession collide.


1:15pm

IBM Watson Design Ideation Session
Limited Capacity full

Get hands-on with IBM Watson at Moogfest! In this collaborative session, participants are guided through a rapid design ideation session lead by the IBM Watson Ecosystem lead designer, Maya Weinstein. Learn about IBM Watson technology, how IBM leverages design-thinking to create Powered by Watson apps, and how to use their design strategy to hack an experience. Be prepared for a fun, interactive, hands on session.

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

By registering for a workshop, you acknowledge that Moogfest may share your email address with the instructor for the purpose of planning and coordinating this event.  

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Maya Weinstein (IBM Watson)

Maya is the lead innovation consultant for the IBM Watson Ecosystem. She combines design thinking and agile methods to help partners mitigate risk and get to market faster. She has worked at IBM Watson for three years teaching and facilitating design thinking workshops both internally and externally. In her spare time, Maya hangs out with her senior dog Zion and evil cat Panda in Brooklyn, NY.

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Art & Artificial Intelligence

We are entering into a new age of computer science research: an age where machine learning algorithms use neural networks or probabilistic Markov models to emulate thinking, and consequently, conscious creativity. It is not merely encyclopedic knowledge, but creative problem solving that will define the future of artificial intelligence. What does it mean if computers be taught to hear, write, improvise, and play music? And can they do it in a... Read More →


1:45pm

Seismic Performance
Moon Ribas is a co-founder of the Cyborg Foundation, an international organization that aims to help people become cyborgs, defend cyborg rights and promote cyborgism as an artistic and social movement.
With two cybernetic implants in her arms, Moon is developing the seismic sense, perceiving the movement of real-time earthquakes all around the world, small as 1 in Richter scale. Her implants allow her arms to to sense real-time earthquakes and moonquakes.
Moon translates this perception into dance: the Seismic Performance.

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Moon Ribas

Moon Ribas (May 24th, 1985) is a Catalan contemporary choreographer and the co-founder of the Cyborg Foundation, an international organization that aims to help people become cyborgs, defend cyborg rights, and promote cyborgism as an artistic and social movement. Moon graduated in Choreography at Dartington College of Arts (England), and studied at Theatreschool of Amsterdam SNDO (School for New Dance Development). Since 2007, Moon has been... Read More →

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Transhumanism

Humans have long sought to transform nature, using tools to modify the environment around us or enhancing our own bodies to adapt in this world. Technology today continues to open up new spaces for transformative and transcendent experiences of life itself. From AI to augmented reality displays, with cloning and human genetic engineering, through organ transplants and prosthetics, emerging technologies are expanding many of our intellectual... Read More →


2:00pm

Polyrhythmic Loops with 4MS
Dan Green of 4ms Company demonstrates and explains techniques using clock, timing, and delay modules to produce poly-rhythmicloops. By using clocks to modulate clock division and multiplication amounts of other clocks, as well as delay time and clock phase, a variety of complex yet repeatable rhythmic patterns can be created.

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Dan Green

Dan Green has been designing and building electronics since 1996. As 4ms, his work ranges from innovative guitar pedals to ground-breaking synthesizer modules in the Eurorack format. Rather than replicate concepts from the past, he strives to turn unique ideas into playable tools that expand the possibilities of music.  | | Using the Dual Looping Delay, and Spectral Multiband Resonator, Dan will be presenting the newest modules in the 4ms... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Full Frame Theater 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701

2:00pm

Founding the Future Of… Presented by Exit Event

“Founding the Future Of...” features innovators in North Carolina who exemplify what Moogfest is about. They are companies and entrepreneurs who see a different future for industry and are bold enough to take it on with their technology product or service. In many cases, there is intellectual property involved. Watch and listen as they demo their products or technology, and then sit down for a conversation about building their companies in the Triangle region of North Carolina.

With guests Anish Chandak of Impulsonic (Future of Sound in Media), Aly and Beth Kfalifa of Designbox/Lyf Shoes (Future of Consumer Product Manufacturing), Doug Kaufman of TransLoc (Future of Transit), Gart Davis of Spoonflower (Future of Design), Ginger Dosier of bioMason (Future of Construction), Jake Stauch of Neuro+ (Future of ADHD Treatment), and Laura Baverman of ExitEvent.

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Laura Baverman

Laura Baverman is the editor of ExitEvent, an online news and information site covering early stage startups and entrepreneurship in the Triangle region and throughout North Carolina. ExitEvent's mission is to tell stories about the entrepreneurs and companies in the region through words, video and photography, to publish commentary written or produced by entrepreneurs, investors and startup supporters, and to host events worthwhile to the... Read More →
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Anish Chandak

Impulsonic was founded by students and researchers from the GAMMA lab in the | Computer Science department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Over  | the past six years, the GAMMA lab has leveraged its high-performance computer  | graphics expertise to develop cutting-edge technology for real-time sound synthesis and  | rendering for a variety of applications, ranging from movies and games, to architectural ... Read More →
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Gart Davis

Gart is past president of Lulu.com, the largest independent self-publishing platform on  | the Internet, which he launched with Red Hat co-founder Bob Young in 2002. Prior to  | Lulu, he co-founded Avista Solutions, the dominant mortgage technology SAAS  | provider to small and medium-sized banks and credit unions. Gart began his career as  | a technology consultant and trainer in the United States and Europe. His startups... Read More →
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Ginger Dosier

Over the past 10 years, Ginger Dosier has devoted concentration in novel research for | new material development for the AEC [Architecture Engineering and Construction]  | sector with environmental focus. Formally trained as an architect, she has additional  | experience and training in material science and microbiologically based materials. Prior  | to founding bioMASON, she served as a teaching fellow of Architecture at... Read More →
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Doug Kaufman

Doug Kaufman is a serial entrepreneur, founding multiple companies, such as clearTXT  | and, most recently, Spring Metrics. Currently, Doug is the CEO of TransLoc Inc, in  | Durham, NC. | TransLoc is making transit so great it will become a regular choice for transportation for  | everyone, not just those that need it. In fact, that's the company mission - to take transit  | from last resort for some, to first choice for all.
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Aly and Beth Khalifa

Aly is a design entrepreneur specializing in invention development. He has launched | products for some of the most exciting consumer brands and has garnered more than 2  | dozen patents.  Aly and his wife Beth have founded numerous efforts nurturing inventive  | culture. They created SPARKcon, which is the nation's largest open-source creative  | festival, attracting 75,000 attendees annually.  They also founded the... Read More →
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Jake Stauch

Jake is the CEO and founder of Neuro+, a venture-backed startup that’s developed a | brain-controlled video game to help kids improve their attention skills. Jake also founded  | NeuroSpire, a company that builds software for testing advertising with EEG brain  | scans. He previously worked as a researcher at the Duke Center for Cognitive  | Neuroscience, where he investigated the neural correlates of attention processes... Read More →

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Friday May 20, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Duke I&E 215 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701

2:00pm

Keynote: The Future of Creativity

What does the not-too-distant future look like when cyberconsciousness becomes part of our daily lives? Join Dr. Martine Rothblatt—creator of GeoStar satellite navigation and Sirius XM Radio, and founder and Chief executive officer of the multi-billion dollar biotech United Therapeutics — as she parses the future of humanity and how it applies to business, life, and creativity. Examine the "Promise & Peril of Virtual Humans," based in part on Dr. Rothblatt's latest book, as it relates to ever-smarter bots behind social media services matching our own personalities, and having our own thoughts, based on their smart access to comprehensive digital reflections of our lives.  Learn about the automated curating of mindfiles, the open-source creation of ever-better mindware and the inevitable emergence of mindclones who will insist they are the continuation of flesh-and-blood humans.  Witness how the LGBTQ movement of today, including the freedom of gender identity, will evolve to a future social creativity movement based upon freedom of form.


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Dr. Martine Rothblatt

Martine Rothblatt, Ph.D., MBA, J.D. is a lawyer, entrepreneur, and medical ethicist. In 1990 she founded and served as Chairman and CEO of Sirius Satellite Radio (now Sirius XM). When her daughter was diagnosed with a rare disease, Martine left Sirius to search for a cure. She founded United Therapeutics in 1996 and has since served as Chairman and co-CEO. Martine is also a leading legal advocate for human rights and has led the IBA in presenting... Read More →

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Transhumanism

Humans have long sought to transform nature, using tools to modify the environment around us or enhancing our own bodies to adapt in this world. Technology today continues to open up new spaces for transformative and transcendent experiences of life itself. From AI to augmented reality displays, with cloning and human genetic engineering, through organ transplants and prosthetics, emerging technologies are expanding many of our intellectual... Read More →


2:00pm

Build Your Own Voltage Controlled Mini-Stylus Synthesizer!
Limited Capacity full

Using a small Dr. Blankenstein synthesizer kit that will be provided to you, Drew Blanke will bestow upon you both a crash course in the art of soldering, as well demonstrating the basic principles of how a simple oscillator becomes a voltage controlled synthesizer. We do this together by building a small but powerful and highly customizable mini 8 note stylus synthesizer. With less than 20 components and a 1” x 1” circuit board, Blanke demonstrates how a small circuit can easily be built out into a much larger and exciting musical instrument.

Everyone will leave the workshop with the experience and skill of soldering a printed circuit board, a fully functional voltage controlled mini stylus synthesizer they built themselves, and, most importantly, the understanding that they are always just a handful of electronic components away from making a fun and creative synthesizer!

Basic proficiency in soldering is helpful, but not required. Please bring a 9 volt battery and a love of synthesizers.

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

By registering for a workshop, you acknowledge that Moogfest may share your email address with the instructor for the purpose of planning and coordinating this event.  
  

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Dr. Blankenstein

Back for his third consecutive Moogfest, Drew Blanke is a New York-born synthesizer and effects designer, circuit bender and multimedia artist. (Better known as Dr. Blankenstein, but you can call him Doc.) Now based in Queens, New York, he owns and operates his boutique audio synthesizer and instrument effects company under the same moniker… Dr. Blankenstein. | In recent years, Blanke has presented and sold synthesizers and effects to... Read More →

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Hacking Sound (Systems)

The resurgence of a technological Maker Culture is undeniable, and Moogfest is a gathering for all those enthused by new tools for creative expression. This program includes a historical look at the evolution of dub reggae and home-made sound systems, radiating outwards from its native Jamaica. These artists and producers were hardware hackers, much like the creative technologists working on interactive sonic experiences and generative music... Read More →


2:00pm

Interspecies Collaboration with Data Garden
Limited Capacity full

Moogfest attendees are invited to explore music generated from plants’ communication with virtual synths and sample based environments. Data Garden artists share new software they’re developing to produce bio-generated digital art. The atmosphere of the workshop is an open studio.

Guests are encouraged to bring instruments to record and contribute to the evolving soundscape.

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

By registering for a workshop, you acknowledge that Moogfest may share your email address with the instructor for the purpose of planning and coordinating this event.   

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Jon Shapiro

Jon Shapiro is an artist exploring the intersection of music and biofeedback. He joined Data Garden in 2013 and is currently an artist in residence at Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center. He collaborates with engineers and musicians to develop new ways for plants to produce music. As a producer he is interested in emergent feedback loops between plants and the social spaces in which they perform.

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Transhumanism

Humans have long sought to transform nature, using tools to modify the environment around us or enhancing our own bodies to adapt in this world. Technology today continues to open up new spaces for transformative and transcendent experiences of life itself. From AI to augmented reality displays, with cloning and human genetic engineering, through organ transplants and prosthetics, emerging technologies are expanding many of our intellectual... Read More →


2:00pm

VIP Toast at Bar Virgile
Limited Capacity seats available

Free food for all VIPs. Two free drinks for the first 50 to arrive.

Friday May 20, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Bar Virgile 105 S Mangum St, Durham, NC 27701

2:00pm

Sound Art and Sonification
Limited Capacity full

Sound art is a vast territory that probes experimental music and sound design. This workshop explores ways in which visual media can be interpreted, generated, processed, and sonified as sound and music for performances and exhibitions. Using image editing software and tools available on the internet, we synthesize sounds from photographic imagery including images of the natural world, cityscapes, industry, and computer graphics. We also navigate through the possibilities of visually altering spectral analysis to process sound in unique ways. In addition, we extract MIDI notes from the sounds created to produce generative music.

No prior software knowledge is required to participate, but a basic understanding of audio production is assumed.. Bring your own digital photos to sonify. A Mac or Windows laptop with trial versions of Ableton Live and Adobe Photoshop is recommended. Some of the other applications used will include Photosounder and Max from Cycling '74.

 

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

By registering for a workshop, you acknowledge that Moogfest may share your email address with the instructor for the purpose of planning and coordinating this event.  

 

 

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John Keston

John C. S. Keston's combined backgrounds in music technology, new media, and software development have led him to adopt music, sound, moving images, and interactivity as the primary modalities in his performances, artistic practice, and research. His work involves building software and hardware based instruments that engage audience participation, interaction, and audiovisual media. With these tools he composes music, and produces interactive... Read More →

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Hacking Sound (Systems)

The resurgence of a technological Maker Culture is undeniable, and Moogfest is a gathering for all those enthused by new tools for creative expression. This program includes a historical look at the evolution of dub reggae and home-made sound systems, radiating outwards from its native Jamaica. These artists and producers were hardware hackers, much like the creative technologists working on interactive sonic experiences and generative music... Read More →


2:00pm

EMA and Jana Hunter: Durational Sound Installation
Multimedia artist and musician Erika Anderson, aka EMA, and Jana Hunter, leader of art rock group Lower Dens, collaborate for four hours of durational performance. Hunter’s eery, cerebral take on synth-pop meets Anderson’s synthesis of pop music, spoken word, and virtual reality. Their performance draws on an immersive installation to explore the interface of the human and the digital, exploding individual and collective perceptions of reality.
Live visuals by Andrew Benson and Rea McNamara are presented by Undervolt & Co.

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EMA

Erika M. Anderson (EMA) is a musician and multimedia artist.  She grew up fronting teenage punk bands in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, before moving to Los Angeles and forming the disaster-folk noise duo Gowns with Ezra Buchla.  After becoming fixtures in the west coast experimental scene, Gowns disbanded, and Anderson released her first solo album, Past Life Martyred Saints, to critical acclaim.  In 2014 she released her... Read More →
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Jana Hunter

Jana Hunter is from Texas and lives in Baltimore. She's glad she grew up without a lot of money but sometimes wishes she had some now. Hunter studied classical music, released several solo albums, regularly contributes to other artists' work, and now plays in the band Lower Dens. There's more to that band than is readily apparent. Hunter's primary interests and work are in composition, production, synthesis, and integrating MIDI. She wants to... Read More →


2:30pm

Future Projections: Memories of the Space Age - The Dead Astronaut

FUTURE PROJECTIONS : THE DEAD ASTRONAUT

Sabine Gruffat + Jesse McLean + Harun Farocki + Pierre Huyghe + Rachel Rose + Wojciech Bakowski + Peter Burr

“A dozen astronauts had died in orbital accidents, their capsules left to revolve through the night sky like the stars of a new constellation…” – JG Ballard

As virtual self is replaced by virtual selves, a rapidly expanding world of cyber-explorers is abandoned and set adrift, left to orbit the ever-infinite WWW. Left without an end command, they scale hyper-mountains (McLean), stretch themselves into depressing new pixel-shapes (Bakowski), exhibit predictively loathsome behavior (Farocki) and wander drunk and chaotic onto the Information Superhighway (Burr).  Like a digital poltergeist, they materialize in the real – crashing through the touchscreen glass of our window-sized screens (Rose), transposing their uncanny visage onto every organic form they touch (Huyghe).  Featuring the world premiere of a new work by NC-based digital media artist Sabine Gruffat!

FEATURING:

The Dead Astronaut by Sabine Gruffat (3:00, video, 2016)

Climbing by Jesse McLean (6:00, video, 2009)

Parallel IV by Harun Farocki (11:20, video, 2014)

Untitled (Human Mask) by Pierre Huyghe (20:00, video, 2014)

A Minute Ago by Rachel Rose (10:00, video, 2014)

Suchy Pion (Dry Standpipe) by Wojciech Bakowski (13:00, video, 2012)

Green Red by Peter Burr (10:23, video, 2012)

TRT 73

 

FUTURE PROJECTIONS is a 9-part screening program of short film and video work drawn from 125 years of techno-prophecy and oracular future-visions.  Taking its title from distopian sci-fi author JG Ballard’s short story collection of the same name, each program in Memories of the Space Age follows the thread of a different tale, tracing out a conceptual audiovisual line into the (im)possible horizons of our future planet(s) – an Earth vibrating under the heat of multiple suns, subject to the pull of infinite moons, and peopled by a population not unlike our own.  Herein are 45+ short films, videos and movies-with-live-soundtracks conjured forth by the most forward-thinking media artists of our time(s): from computer pioneers to mechanical futurists, FX wizards to analogue feedback architects, landscape holographers to post-human anthropologists, cyber-essayists to Uncanny Valley voyagers, cut-up creationists to magical (un)realists, and 16mm futurologists to digital humanists – Future Projections presents a kinetic and syncretic history of All That Is Yet To Be.

Highlights include an embedded 16mm tribute to the great musician and filmmaker Tony Conrad (RIP); two radical video synth landscapes by Montreal artist Sabrina Ratté; Japanese noise filmmaker Makino Takashi’s 3D-immersive Cinéma Concrete, late German essayist Harun Farocki’s videogame dissection Parallel I-IV, French avant-garde filmmaker Rose Lowder’s flicker tour-de-force Bouquets 21-30, Cauleen Smith’s Eternals-track’d Afrofuturist collage Songs for Earth and Folk, commissions of 9 new shorts by local and national filmmakers, and more!

FEATURING NEW COMMISSIONS BY: Alee Peoples + Bill Brown + Brendan and Jeremy Smyth + Edward Rankus + Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby + Ephraim Asili + Mary Helena Clark + Sabine Gruffat + Stephanie Barber 

FEATURING FILMS / VIDEOS BY: Adam Beckett + Barbara Hammer + Basma Alsharif + Beatrice Gibson + Ben Rivers + Cauleen Smith + Chris Marker + David O’Reilly + Deborah Stratman + Doris Chase + Harun Farocki + Hollis Frampton + Jacolby Satterwhite + Jeremy Bailey + Jesse McLean + JJ Murphy + John Whitney + Lawrence Jordan + Lillian Schwartz +  Louis Henderson + Makino Takashi + Michael Robinson + Mike Stoltz + OJOBOCA + Peter Burr + Pierre Huyghe +  Rachel Rose + Rosa Barba +  Rose Lowder + Sabrina Ratté + Sara Magenheimer + Scott Bartlett + Semiconductor + Shambhavi Kaul + Tony Conrad + Wojciech Bakowski + Yuri Ancarani


With support from the Video Data Bank, www.vdb.org



3:00pm

Synth Design Icon
Tatsuya Takahashi discusses his first encounters with sound, and the journey from monotron to minilogue, since joining Korg. Takahashi also touches on the concepts of democratisation of synthesis, modular synthesis, and open source hardware. He aims to provide insight into a cross-section of what is involved in building synths at Korg, and the people who do it.

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Tatsuya Takahashi

Tatsuya Takahashi is Chief Engineer of Analog Synthesizers at Korg. Raised in London, he has been with Korg since moving to Tokyo in late 2006. His roles consist of product planning, hardware engineering, and project management. He successfully launched the first analog synth from Korg in nearly thirty years with the monotron. From such humble pocket sized beginnings, he went onto work on the monotribe, volcas, and reissues of the MS-20 and ARP... Read More →

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Instrument Innovators

Since the first humans stood upright, people have been compelled to make sounds and compose them into rhythm and song. Humanity progresses, societies evolve, and expressions, representations, and tastes shift wildly, but the drive to make tools that produce music has, and will always, permeate all cultures. Once instrument builders first began to harness electronic technologies into new possibilities for instrument design, the... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Full Frame Theater 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701

3:00pm

Black Wall Street Beats at Blackspace
Limited Capacity full

In this workshop, kids sample the sights and sounds of Black Wall Street, the historic hub of African American financial activity in Durham, North Carolina during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

During a time period when disenfranchising blacks and openly violating their rights was common, the black populations of Durham were making strides in business that would question the legitimacy of white supremacy, all on Parrish Street in Downtown Durham.
Take a walk down Black Wall Street with Pierce Freelon, collect sounds, and make some music out of it at Blackspace - Durham’s Afrofuturism digital makerspace.

** This session is free and open to the public as part of Moogfest’s STEAM program. A festival ticket is not required. 

This workshop is limited in capacity and offered on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time. Entrance is not guaranteed.

 


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Pierce Freelon

Pierce Freelon is an Afro-futurist, professor, musician, and organizer. He is the creator of Blackspace—a digital makerspace based in Durham, North Carolina; and the co-founder/host of the PBS web-series Beat Making Lab. He teaches in the Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies at UNC Chapel Hill, and is the front-man of the jazz/hip hop quartet The Beast.

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Afrofuturism

Do androids dream of analog synths? Combining elements of science fiction, astral jazz, historical fiction, psychedelic hip hop, fantasy, and magic realism with non-Occidental cosmologies in order to critique not only the present-day dilemmas of the other, but also to revise, interrogate, and re-examine the historical events of the past. From the vibrant, frenetic canvases of Jean-Michel Basquiat to the extraterrestrial mythos of... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Blackspace Beat Lab 212 W Main Street, Durham, NC 27701

3:00pm

Reggae Sound Systems and Dub Production
This panel discussion explores the evolution of dub and home-made sound system culture, radiating outwards from its native Jamaica, guided by key practitioners in the field: the Jamaican-born music producer and broadcaster, Lister Hewan-Lowe, who brought Jack Ruby’s sound system from Jamaica to the US in 1982; Barbados-born producer, musician and sound system operator, Ras Kush, the Haitain-born record producer and sound system operator that divides his time between Brooklyn and Kyoto, Neil ‘Mad Professor’ Fraser; as well as producer and live dub performer Laurent ‘Tippy’ Alfred, a leading light of the USVI reggae and dub scenes.

In discussion with author David Katz and journalist Angus Taylor, these dub innovators explore the transformative power of dub reggae and sound system culture as sonic sites of resistance and subversion.

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Laurent "Tippy" Alfred

Laurent "Tippy I" Alfred, a native of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, is a musician, producer, audio engineer, and co-owner of I Grade Records.  Since launching I Grade Records in 2001, Tippy I has produced, recorded, and mixed over 30 albums with a range of roots reggae artists including Midnite, Pressure, Lutan Fyah, Dezarie, Niyorah, Perfect Giddimani, Ras Batch, Glen Washington, Cornel Campbell, and many others. Tippy I’s skills... Read More →
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Lister Hewan-Lowe

Lister Hewan-Lowe was born on September 26, 1952 in Kingston, Jamaica. He moved to the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn at the age of 13. Becoming an Island Records executive, he worked with artists such as Black Uhuru, and did PR for Bob Marley. He is also an accomplished painter of penthouses. He has hosted a legendary North American reggae radio show, “Saturday’s A Party,” on SUNY Stony Brook’s WUSB 90.1 FM; picked... Read More →
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David Katz

Born in San Francisco but a longtime resident of London, David Katz is author of People Funny Boy: The Genius of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry; Solid Foundation: An Oral History of Reggae; and Caribbean Lives: Jimmy Cliff. He contributed to The Rough Guide to Reggae, A Tapestry of Jamaica, Keep on Running: The Story of Island Records, International Reggae and Reggae From Yard. Katz’s writing and photographs have appeared in Newsweek... Read More →
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Ras Kush

Selector Ras Kush has been an active part of the sound system culture since the early 1990s. His entry in the performing arena began with a sound system called “Roots Potential,” which eventually became “Black Redemption: Sounds of Praises” with the addition of personnel like Japan’s Ras Takashi.  The system followed in the footsteps of the original Jamaican pioneers, bringing UK-influenced steppers/warrior... Read More →
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Mad Professor

Born in 1955, Mad Professor has been at the forefront of dub’s Joshua generation that followed pioneers Lee “Scratch” Perry and King Tubby. As a boy, Neil Joseph Stephen Fraser became known as Mad Professor due to his fascination with electronics. He emigrated from his native Guyana to London at age 13, and in the 70s recorded lovers rock artists such as fellow Guyanese Deborahe Glasgow. In the 1980s, Mad Professor released... Read More →
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Angus Taylor

Angus Taylor is a writer specializing in Jamaican music. He is chief editor of United Reggae online webzine, UK correspondent for Reggaeville.com, and a regular contributor to Riddim magazine. Taylor is a contributor of interviews and articles to a variety of other online and print media. He has written reggae album reviews for the BBC and reggae film reviews for the British Film Institute's Sight and Sound magazine.

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Hacking Sound (Systems)

The resurgence of a technological Maker Culture is undeniable, and Moogfest is a gathering for all those enthused by new tools for creative expression. This program includes a historical look at the evolution of dub reggae and home-made sound systems, radiating outwards from its native Jamaica. These artists and producers were hardware hackers, much like the creative technologists working on interactive sonic experiences and generative music... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 3:00pm - 5:00pm
The Armory 220 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701

3:00pm

Moog Music Synth Building Workshop (GROUP A2) (Closed)
Limited Capacity full

This two-day synth-building workshop, led by Moog engineers, invites a select group of enthusiasts to build and keep their very own unreleased Moog analog synthesizer and sequencer. The hands-on workshop is conducted in two, three-hour sessions within a pop-up Moog production facility.

No experience necessary, but basic soldering knowledge is recommended.

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Moog Music

Moog Music is the leading producer of analog synthesizers in the world. The employee-owned company and its customers carry on the legacy of its founder, electronic musical instrument pioneer, Dr. Bob Moog.  All of Moog’s instruments are hand built in its factory on the edge of downtown Asheville, NC.


3:30pm

'Gagglebox, The Silence, Zombies 1985' Screening and Live Score
I Speak Machine are vocalist and synth-nerd Tara Busch and filmmaker Maf Lewis. Together they make brooding soundtracks and horror/sci-fi films, creating audio and visual in unison, giving both elements equal prominence.
At Moogfest, Tara Busch will play live the scores of three of their films, on vocals and an array of analog synths playing against screening ofGagglebox, The Silence, Zombies 1985.

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I Speak Machine

I Speak Machine are vocalist/composer Tara Busch and filmmaker Maf Lewis. Together they make brooding soundtracks and horror/sci-fi films, creating audio and visual in unison and giving both elements equal prominence. Their short films include the UK filmed sci-fi thriller "The Silence," ghost horror short "Gagglebox," and their newest creation, "Zombies 1985” – a blood-filled period zombie piece shot in Los Angeles. The soundtrack to... Read More →


4:00pm

Creating Music Tech with Kickstarter
The history of musical instruments includes many notable examples of designers collaborating with musicians to create tools that fulfill their sonic needs. The growth of creative communities online has greatly expanded the possibilities for this kind of collaborative approach — allowing instrument creators to test ideas and get feedback from music makers as part of an open development process. Nick Yulman curates Kickstarter’s Design and Technology categories and will share some innovative music-tech projects that have come to life with the help of the platform’s community.

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Nick Yulman (Kickstarter)

Nick Yulman curates Kickstarter’s Design & Technology categories and has worked with many music technology creators to develop campaigns. His own creative work features musical robots and he has exhibited his interactive sound work internationally. He's an alumnus of, and adjunct professor at, NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.


4:00pm

Interactive Spatialization of Sound
This conversation introduces the new LBAP algorithm and the supporting D4 library’s collection of tools for real-time 3D audification, sonification, and interactive audio spatialization in High Density Loudspeaker Array (HDLA) scenarios.
Of particular focus is importing and integrating multidimensional data and rendering it spatially in real-time. LBAP and D4 have been successfully tested with configurations of up to 137 loudspeakers and up to 1,011 concurrent 24-bit 48KHz audio streams with sub 22ms latency.

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Ivica Ico Bukvic (Virginia Tech ICAT)

The work of multimodal researcher and artist Ivica Ico Bukvic is driven by ubiquitous interactivity. Bukvic’s output encompasses aural, visual, acoustic, electronic, performances, installations, technologies, research publications, presentations, grants, patent disclosures, and awards. His most recent work focuses on communal interaction, audio spatialization, exploring connections among the arts and human health, and recontextualizing STEM... Read More →

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Hacking Sound (Systems)

The resurgence of a technological Maker Culture is undeniable, and Moogfest is a gathering for all those enthused by new tools for creative expression. This program includes a historical look at the evolution of dub reggae and home-made sound systems, radiating outwards from its native Jamaica. These artists and producers were hardware hackers, much like the creative technologists working on interactive sonic experiences and generative music... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Full Frame Theater 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701

4:00pm

Party Illegal DJs
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Party Illegal

Party Illegal is a monthly dance party at The Pinhook in downtown Durham that aims to create a safe space for experimentation. Party Illegal embraces collaboration and organic growth, pushes back against white supremacy and gender binaries, and aims to educate about consent culture in party spaces. Our goal is to bridge cultural and genre divides while simultaneously encouraging women and trans/ queer... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 4:00pm - 5:45pm
Pinhook 117 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701

4:00pm

VIP Toast at Alley Twenty Six
Limited Capacity seats available

Free drink for VIPs. First 50 attendees. One drink maximum per person. 

Friday May 20, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Alley Twenty Six 320 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701

4:15pm

Generative Systems for Freeform Music with MaxMSP
Limited Capacity full

Generative techniques are being embraced throughout contemporary electronic music, whether through chaotic modulation of analog synths, or randomization options in digital sequencers. Deliberate unpredictability can be a powerful tool for creating complex sound design or musical themes and variations. In this workshop, we consider various generative strategies, from chance-based composition to the proliferation of game-like music apps, with an emphasis on the musical model of Patter, Adam Florin’s generative device.

Taking inspiration from research in musicology, perception, and behavioral modeling, Patter proposes a model for studying and generating music which enables complex yet intuitive arrangements. Participants get hands-on with a simple generative Max patch ready to be expanded upon by savvy Max patchers. Throughout, we discuss the effectiveness and desirability of various methods as we challenge ourselves to invent new ones. Be prepared to make music by accident!

A laptop computer with Max 7 installed and any hard or soft synth to drive with it are required to participate.

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

By registering for a workshop, you acknowledge that Moogfest may share your email address with the instructor for the purpose of planning and coordinating this event.  
  

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Adam Florin

Adam Florin is a creative technologist exploring languages and computer systems for storytelling and expression. He is the creator of Patter, a real-time/freeform generative music system for Ableton Live. By day he produces data visualizations for Scientific American, Facebook, and many others at Pitch Interactive. He also advises the online magazine Triple Canopy, and has built creative software tools for e-flux, MoMA, Cycling '74, and two... Read More →

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Hacking Sound (Systems)

The resurgence of a technological Maker Culture is undeniable, and Moogfest is a gathering for all those enthused by new tools for creative expression. This program includes a historical look at the evolution of dub reggae and home-made sound systems, radiating outwards from its native Jamaica. These artists and producers were hardware hackers, much like the creative technologists working on interactive sonic experiences and generative music... Read More →


4:15pm

Performance: Celebrating the Work of Don Buchla

Celebrate Donald Buchla’s amazing legacy with the synth-legend musicians he inspired. Alessandro Cortini, Morton Subotnik, Richard Smith, Sarah Davachi, and Suzanne Ciani play together to honor the man.
Additionally, a selection of Richard Smith's collection of Don Buchla instruments and memorabilia – the most complete collection ever assembled – is on view daily during Moogfest in the Durham Arts Council Foyer.


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Suzanne Ciani

While the union of classical music and more popular sensibilities often produces works of massive scale and operatic aspirations, Suzanne Ciani has across decades and innumerable platforms mined the genius latent in the incidental, the occasional, and the ephemeral. Born in Italy, Ciani studied music formally in the U.S. In the 1970s, she composed music for commercials for Merrill Lynch, General Electric, AT&T, and Coca Cola. She also... Read More →
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Alessandro Cortini

Italian-born composer and performer Alessandro Cortini is a musical voyager. Having spent considerable time performing lead electronics in addition to revisiting his initial instrumental forays in guitar for Nine Inch Nails and How to Destroy Angels, as well as continuing a solo project under the banner SONOIO (an Italian echo from "sono io" translating to "it's me"), Cortini released his first recordings under his given name with the Forse... Read More →
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Sarah Davachi

As a composer of electronic and electroacoustic music, Davachi engages in practices of analog synthesis, psychoacoustic manipulations, and studio composition. Her work focuses on the experience of enveloped sonic dwelling, often utilizing extended durations, gradual transformations in texture, and simple harmonic structures that emphasize variations in overtone complexity and natural phasing patterns. She holds an MFA in electronic music and... Read More →
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Richard Smith

Richard Smith is an electronics technician and musician with over fifteen years of experience in the restoration of historic high-end systems by Buchla, Moog, ARP, and EMS. His clients include some of the most influential electronic artists of the last fifty years, musicians such as Morton Subotnick, Suzanne Ciani, Aphex Twin, and The Chemical Brothers, as well as respected institutions such as Mills College, New York University, and the... Read More →
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Morton Subotnick

Morton Subtonic is a pioneer in the development of electronic music and an innovator in works involving instruments and other media, including interactive computer music systems. The work which brought him celebrity was “Silver Apples of the moon,” [1966-7] commissioned by Nonesuch Records, marking the first time an original, large-scale composition had been created specifically for the disc medium – a conscious acknowledgment... Read More →

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Instrument Innovators

Since the first humans stood upright, people have been compelled to make sounds and compose them into rhythm and song. Humanity progresses, societies evolve, and expressions, representations, and tastes shift wildly, but the drive to make tools that produce music has, and will always, permeate all cultures. Once instrument builders first began to harness electronic technologies into new possibilities for instrument design, the... Read More →


4:30pm

Time Traveling with Hop Hop
Duke Professor Mark Anthony Neal joins the legendary GZA to discuss the role of Hip-Hop in challenging our ideas of about science fiction, and its connection to futures that Hip-Hop has always imagined.

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GZA (2 Night Residency)

Perhaps more than any other MC, GZA decapitates the quite choppable theory that Black Studies’ rise out of Black Power amounted to a move from the streets to the accredited university. As Raekwon and Method Man explained on the Wu-Tang Clan’s first album, GZA is the group’s “head,” the stone tablets, the scrolls. Yet since we yield to the temptation to fetishize GZA’s large vocabulary, for us, for now... Read More →
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Mark Anthony Neal (Duke University)

Mark Anthony Neal is Professor of African + African-American Studies and Professor of English at Duke University where he teaches courses in Black Cultural Studies, including signature courses on “Michael Jackson and the Black Performance Tradition” and “The History of Hip-Hop,” co-taught with Grammy Award Winning Producer 9th Wonder.  Neal is the author of five books including What the Music Said: Black Popular Music... Read More →

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Afrofuturism

Do androids dream of analog synths? Combining elements of science fiction, astral jazz, historical fiction, psychedelic hip hop, fantasy, and magic realism with non-Occidental cosmologies in order to critique not only the present-day dilemmas of the other, but also to revise, interrogate, and re-examine the historical events of the past. From the vibrant, frenetic canvases of Jean-Michel Basquiat to the extraterrestrial mythos of... Read More →


4:30pm

IDEAS to ACTION: Exploring Creative Design Methods with IDEO
Limited Capacity full

Join us as we teach IDEO’s design thinking methods while examining the process we followed in creating the Moogfest interactive installation: PLAY—Sound

How might we explore sound through creative play? Our answer… giant beach balls as a gestural musical interface controlling a generative soundscape!

Through the design thinking process of brainstorming, rapid prototyping, and implementation, you will learn the methods IDEO uses to solve some of the world’s toughest design challenges...and see under the hood of our Moogfest installation.
Come learn design skills and hack our installation!

No specific technical expertise needed, the session is open to all.

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

By registering for a workshop, you acknowledge that Moogfest may share your email address with the instructor for the purpose of planning and coordinating this event.  
  

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IDEO

IDEO
IDEO (eye-dee-oh) is a leading global design firm that takes a human-centered, design-based approach to helping organizations grow. Powered by 600+ people in 10 offices across the globe, we work closely with our clients—start-ups, leading brands, private, public and social sectors—to unlock their creative potential and create positive impact through design.


Friday May 20, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Duke I&E 215 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701

4:30pm

Responsive Systems for Live Performance and Stage Design: The New Aesthetic in a Changing New Media Landscape
Limited Capacity full

Join Kamil Nawratil, Creative Director of VolvoxLabs [VVOX], for a discussion of how interactive technology and responsive systems will change the way live performance and stage design evolve in the industry. Kamil goes inside the creation of Neon Indian’sReconstructing Realityproject and the award winning showBT’s Electronic Opusgenerative live performance to discuss how new technologies can unleash the exploration for new aesthetics in a changing new media landscape.

Participants should have understanding of Ableton and TouchDesigner.

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

By registering for a workshop, you acknowledge that Moogfest may share your email address with the instructor for the purpose of planning and coordinating this event.   

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Kamil Nawratil (NEW INC)

Kamil Nawratil is a Polish-­born visual artist and creative director based in Brooklyn, New York. Driven by motion and the unpredictable, chaos and equilibrium, between the organic and artificial, the tangible and abstract, his inspiration is manifested through digital sculptures and immersive audiovisual installations. Nawratil has found a space to explore the tension between nature, humans and technology by visualizing dichotomies... Read More →


5:00pm

VIP Toast at The Pit
Limited Capacity seats available

Check out Motorco Park from the rooftop of The Pit and enjoy free food on Moogfest. VIPs only. Rooftop will open up to artists and press at 6pm. 

Friday May 20, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
The Pit 321 W Geer St

5:00pm

Future Projections: Memories of the Space Age - My Dream of Flying to Wake Island

FUTURE PROJECTIONS : MY DREAM OF FLYING TO WAKE ISLAND

Mary Helena Clark and Lakshmi Luthra + Sabrina Ratté + Mike Stoltz + Shambhavi Kaul + Cauleen Smith + Harun Farocki + David O’Reilly + Lillian Schwartz

“I’ve been thinking that it’s time – so very time – for you to leave.” – Cauleen Smith

Herein is a kino-dream of flight, of departure, of Being Elsewhere.  With a score by the Eternals and a collection of images taken from the archives of the Earth herself (Smith), our journey begins in a desert by the sea (Kaul) – no, in a digital desert by the digital sea (Farocki) – I mean, in a punk club in the shadow of Cape Canaveral (Stoltz) – wait, in a vibrating yellow synth-horizon (Ratté). Wherever we begin, beyond the horizon is Future: where the dream is forgotten and remembered again (O’Reilly), where that computer-animated vessel is revealed (Schwartz) in all of its flickering glory.  Featuring the world premiere of a new work by experimental filmmaker Mary Helena Clark!

FEATURING:

My Dream of Flying to Wake Island by Mary Helena Clark and Lakshmi Luthra (3:00, video, 2016)

Sightings: Habitat by Sabrina Ratté (6:00, video, 2014)

Under the Atmosphere by Mike Stoltz (14:30, 16mm, 2014)

Night Noon by Shambhavi Kaul (12:00, video, 2014)

Songs for Earth and Folk by Cauleen Smith (10:40, video, 2013)

Parallel III by Harun Farocki (7:20, video, 2014)

Please Say Something by David O’Reilly (11:00, video 2008)

UFOs by Lillian Schwartz (3:00, video, 1971)

TRT 65:00

FUTURE PROJECTIONS is a 9-part screening program of short film and video work drawn from 125 years of techno-prophecy and oracular future-visions.  Taking its title from distopian sci-fi author JG Ballard’s short story collection of the same name, each program in Memories of the Space Age follows the thread of a different tale, tracing out a conceptual audiovisual line into the (im)possible horizons of our future planet(s) – an Earth vibrating under the heat of multiple suns, subject to the pull of infinite moons, and peopled by a population not unlike our own.  Herein are 45+ short films, videos and movies-with-live-soundtracks conjured forth by the most forward-thinking media artists of our time(s): from computer pioneers to mechanical futurists, FX wizards to analogue feedback architects, landscape holographers to post-human anthropologists, cyber-essayists to Uncanny Valley voyagers, cut-up creationists to magical (un)realists, and 16mm futurologists to digital humanists – Future Projections presents a kinetic and syncretic history of All That Is Yet To Be.

Highlights include an embedded 16mm tribute to the great musician and filmmaker Tony Conrad (RIP); two radical video synth landscapes by Montreal artist Sabrina Ratté; Japanese noise filmmaker Makino Takashi’s 3D-immersive Cinéma Concrete, late German essayist Harun Farocki’s videogame dissection Parallel I-IV, French avant-garde filmmaker Rose Lowder’s flicker tour-de-force Bouquets 21-30, Cauleen Smith’s Eternals-track’d Afrofuturist collage Songs for Earth and Folk, commissions of 9 new shorts by local and national filmmakers, and more!

FEATURING NEW COMMISSIONS BY: Alee Peoples + Bill Brown + Brendan and Jeremy Smyth + Edward Rankus + Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby + Ephraim Asili + Mary Helena Clark and Lakshmi Luthra + Sabine Gruffat + Stephanie Barber

FEATURING FILMS / VIDEOS BY: Adam Beckett + Barbara Hammer + Basma Alsharif + Beatrice Gibson + Ben Rivers + Cauleen Smith + Chris Marker + David O’Reilly + Deborah Stratman + Doris Chase + Harun Farocki + Hollis Frampton + Jacolby Satterwhite + Jeremy Bailey + Jesse McLean + JJ Murphy + John Whitney + Lawrence Jordan + Lillian Schwartz +  Louis Henderson + Makino Takashi + Michael Robinson + Mike Stoltz + OJOBOCA + Peter Burr + Pierre Huyghe +  Rachel Rose + Rosa Barba +  Rose Lowder + Sabrina Ratté + Sara Magenheimer + Scott Bartlett + Semiconductor + Shambhavi Kaul + Tony Conrad + Wojciech Bakowski + Yuri Ancarani

 

With support from the Video Data Bank, www.vdb.org

 


5:00pm

KidCoolThereminSchool: Adult Workshop
Limited Capacity full

Dorit Chrysler teaches children the secrets of theremins. It’s drawing sounds. Movement and music. Hearing motion! How do the five senses relate to the theremin? Chrysler trains young ears by teaching the basic principles of sound and motion. The Kid Cool Theremin School nurtures an environment devoted to creative discourse and collaboration for children and parents alike, and works towards participation rather than passiveness, deeply integrating music and art.

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

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Dorit Chrysler

Born in Graz and residing in New York, she is the founder of the NY Theremin Society and one of the few Theremin virtuosos worldwide. Her Solo work ranges from electronic Pop to Film Soundscapes, most recently for the soundtrack of the HBO documentary “Going Clear” (Wall Street Journal: "a Futuristic Lotte Lenya", Kaltblut Magazine “Haunting Soundscapes”). Lars van Trier used her compositions and she has collaborated... Read More →


5:00pm

Big Top Job Fair
The Big Top Reverse Job Fair is an event that connects quality companies with quality candidates in a unique and fun way. Traditional job fairs are constrained by definition; they only appeal to people who are looking for a job. The Big Top appeals to a broader pool of those who might be curious to see what else is available to them.
Typical job fairs are also filled with angst for those who are not networking enthusiasts as well as the recruiting teams who sit behind tables receiving resumes while the room remains hushed in muted conversation.
The Big Top changes all of that with an informal event that brings out the best in everyone and provides each participant an opportunity to peek inside either the personality of the individual or the culture of the company. At the Big Top we use a circus theme to create a relaxed and most importantly engaging environment for everyone. (Think acrobats, jugglers, magicians, music, hot dogs, popcorn, beer & soda).

Friday May 20, 2016 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Bull McCabe's 427 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701

5:30pm

The Well-Sequenced Synthesizer: Exploring Music Through Interactive Design and Computation
Luisa Pereira shares the story of creating The Counterpointer and its sibling devices: from her fascination with Bach, through the first cardboard and breadboard prototypes, to algorithm design, custom PCBs, and polished fabrication.
In every era, composers and instrument builders have explored music through the lens of new technologies. The preludes and fugues in J. S. Bach’s The Well–Tempered Clavier, written in 1722, investigate the possibilities of the tempered tuning system; Wendy Carlos’ The Well–Tempered Synthesizer (1969) explores the timbric textures of Moog synthesizers. In our century, independent designers and engineers like myself have access to hardware and software platforms and digital fabrication tools that allow us to create our own intelligent devices.

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Luisa Pereira (NEW INC)

Luisa Pereira is an artist, programmer, and musician based in New York City. Her work often explores music through coding and design, taking the form of interactive installations, generative devices, sculptures and prints. Luisa's work has been presented in festivals and galleries in the US, South America and Europe. Recent venues include the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago de Chile, South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, and the FILE... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Full Frame Theater 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701

5:30pm

HYPNOTIQUE SCÉANCE
Limited Capacity full

Welcome to the HYPNOTIQUE SCÉANCE. Come for the misguided meditations, stay for the sensory stimulations and mass hypnoses.

In this workshop, the Church of Space introduces the theoretical basis for modern magical work, revisiting centuries of shamanistic and sorcery tradition en route to explaining modern magic theory by grounding the occult teachings in a modern science understanding.
We expose traditional magical rituals as ways of achieving gnosis through a conscious bypassing of the higher thought observer, letting subconscious thought quantum compute and either READ the aether resonances (divination) of WRITE to the aether resonances (enchantment).

We reveal some occult information to help workshop attendees learn some basic self-hypnosis techniques. As a practical exercise, we will hypnotize the audience by audio and visual stimulation and deliver a state of the art (condensed matter theory based) explanation of e=mc2 while in a mild state of trance.

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

By registering for a workshop, you acknowledge that Moogfest may share your email address with the instructor for the purpose of planning and coordinating this event.   

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Marc Fleury

Marc Fleury was born and raised in Paris, France, where he discovered a passion for electronic music early on. As a solo artist, he embraces the more mature, cerebral, and avant-garde forms of electronic music. Currently based in the US, Marc focuses on playing rare modular synthesizers live, performing solo and delivering complex soundscapes and textures to accompany other artists and musicians. Marc has performed in the US and Europe... Read More →
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Sheba Love

In addition to his artistic work in electronic music, "Sheba" is also a board certified psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner, trained and certified in cognitive behavioral therapy by the grandfather of CBT himself, Dr. Aaron T. Beck, and is trained in guided meditation and hypnotherapy. He practices in Savannah, Georgia and lives a quiet and reclusive life with his wife and daughter. He often secretly uses hypnotherapy to render both of them... Read More →
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Uli Sigg

Uli Sigg has worked in a variety of media, including sculpture, installation, film, video, and photography, but he is also a curator and collector. He is co­founder of "bandbreite" a VJ collective in Cologne, Germany, and of "lsb_TV," a weekly Live-radio­/TV/­Internet­ show in Berlin. Uli is Director of Technology & Strategy of "BYFF," the Brighton Youth Film Festival. He has worked on Germany’s highest profile event... Read More →

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Technoshamanism

In regards to where he pulled his innovative ideas from, Bob Moog said, “Everything has some consciousness, and we tap into that. It’s about energy at its most basic level.” But how do we tune into that noosphere and bring next wave ideas to the fore? Who are the seers today, and how are they integrating technology into new “shamanic” practices in art and science? How do we understand rituals of trance in the context... Read More →


5:45pm

Mastery is Dead
Mike Butera of Artiphon talks on the concept of virtuosity in the digital age.
Traditional instruments with prescriptive, perfectible techniques have increasingly been replaced by new tools and methods in music production that do not presuppose a "right" way to play. From nonlinear looping to expressive grid controllers to modular synthesis iPhone apps, we're seeing instead the rise of open systems of expression and the (dangerous?) potential for a shift toward electronically-mediated but otherwise unbounded creative process. The centuries-old notion that an instrument can be learned and mastered, that there is a goal or plateau of skill and achievement, is vanishing. In place of fingers on strings, musicians are increasingly enlisting automation and black-box software to create and organize the sounds they imagine. Does this trend threaten our concepts of skill and creativity, displacing them onto the machine? Is the death of mastery an opportunity for more expansive creativity for even more people, or a reduction of musical process to fiddling with predetermined algorithms? And will the still-emerging technologies of 21st Century music production eventually create their own master-able norms, where students of the future will be taught Ableton and grid control techniques with the same specificity as Suzuki violin students of many prior generations?

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Mike Butera

Mike Butera is the founder and CEO of Artiphon. Butera’s background combines a PhD in sound studies, expertise in consumer electronics, and life on the road as a touring musician.

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Instrument Innovators

Since the first humans stood upright, people have been compelled to make sounds and compose them into rhythm and song. Humanity progresses, societies evolve, and expressions, representations, and tastes shift wildly, but the drive to make tools that produce music has, and will always, permeate all cultures. Once instrument builders first began to harness electronic technologies into new possibilities for instrument design, the... Read More →


5:45pm

Eyes Low
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Eyes Low

Eyes Low is a producer whose work is meant for late nights in dingy dark clubs. Based in Raleigh, NC, Eyes Low's all-hardware live set blends club, house, and techno into cohesive tracks built to burn dance floors. Filled with skittering hi-hats, cracking snares, thumping kicks, infectious bass, and swirling pads, his sound has an irrepressible glow that will move your body and leave your head ringing. With tracks appearing in mixes from... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 5:45pm - 6:45pm
Pinhook 117 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701

6:00pm

The Exchange: Switchboard Synthesizers Performance (VIP Ticket Holder Event)
The Exchange: Switchboard Synthesizer installation comes to life with a live performance from Antenes.

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Antenes

Antenes is a NYC-based DJ, producer, and electronics artist. She works in the tradition of object trouvé by following the lineage of synthesizer operation to vintage telephone equipment, and bringing them back to a life of patching signals by transforming them into her self-built laboratory of synthesizers and sequencers. Her solo production debut, The Track of a Storm vinyl EP on L.I.E.S., reveals three tracks of otherworldly techno... Read More →

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Hacking Sound (Systems)

The resurgence of a technological Maker Culture is undeniable, and Moogfest is a gathering for all those enthused by new tools for creative expression. This program includes a historical look at the evolution of dub reggae and home-made sound systems, radiating outwards from its native Jamaica. These artists and producers were hardware hackers, much like the creative technologists working on interactive sonic experiences and generative music... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 6:00pm - 6:30pm
The Carrack 111 W Parrish St, Durham, NC

6:00pm

HEALTH
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HEALTH

Stemming from the D.I.Y. noise scene in downtown L.A., HEALTH make mathy indie rock with tribal drums, squealing guitars, asymmetrical basslines, and a homemade guitar pedal/microphone called a Zoothorn. As a four-piece led by Jacob Duzsik, the band played its first show after practicing together for six months, and started making a go in Los Angeles, playing ten-minute sets with like-minded local bands like Ex Models, No Age, and Mika Miko... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Motorco Park 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701

6:30pm

Rival Consoles
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Rival Consoles

London-based producer Ryan Lee West, better known under the name Rival Consoles, is notable for making synthesizers sound human and atmospheric. With the release of his Odyssey and Sonne EPs, West has gained a reputation for making thoughtful electronica that spans a wide spectrum of musical ideas. Foremost a guitarist, growing up listening to rock rather than club music, his new studio album Howl sees West strive towards finding a more... Read More →


6:30pm

The Exchange: Switchboard Synthesizers (VIP Ticket Holder Event)
An opportunity to meet artist and musician Antenes as she demonstrates and discusses her switchboard synthesizers.

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Antenes

Antenes is a NYC-based DJ, producer, and electronics artist. She works in the tradition of object trouvé by following the lineage of synthesizer operation to vintage telephone equipment, and bringing them back to a life of patching signals by transforming them into her self-built laboratory of synthesizers and sequencers. Her solo production debut, The Track of a Storm vinyl EP on L.I.E.S., reveals three tracks of otherworldly techno... Read More →

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Hacking Sound (Systems)

The resurgence of a technological Maker Culture is undeniable, and Moogfest is a gathering for all those enthused by new tools for creative expression. This program includes a historical look at the evolution of dub reggae and home-made sound systems, radiating outwards from its native Jamaica. These artists and producers were hardware hackers, much like the creative technologists working on interactive sonic experiences and generative music... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
The Carrack 111 W Parrish St, Durham, NC

6:45pm

Hanz
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Hanz

Hanz is the moniker of Durham, North Carolina-based producer and multi-instrumentalist Brandon Juhans. Hanz released his first album, Reducer, in 2015 on Tri Angle Records as a free download. Stacked with unpredictable yet groovy rhythms, screwy vocal samples, and eerie chords that remain captivating throughout, the album includes “Capsule,” a deconstruction of the Junior M.A.F.I.A. chestnut “Get Money” at once ebullient... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Pinhook 117 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701

7:00pm

Professor Toon
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Professor Toon

Professor Toon is a Baltimore-born record producer, rapper, and songwriter/musician. He discovered his love for the stage while attending North Carolina's Durham School of the Arts. His production harnesses electro-pop and trap influences as well as modern hip-hop. His high energy performances have invigorated several prominent music venues, and he has rocked notable shows alongside the likes of GZA, De La Soul, Juicy J, Mike Posner, Meek Mill... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Motorco Music Hall 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701

7:00pm

Sam Aaron
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Sam Aaron

Sam Aaron defines, evaluates, and manipulates code live. Harnessing thepower of hand-coded algorithms, he surfs deterministic random streams to improvise unique rhythmic and melodic structures to dance to. | | Sam codes with Sonic Pi - free software he created used throughout theworld to teach coding in schools, making live coding music accessible toeveryone.


Friday May 20, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
The Armory 220 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701

7:20pm

Bob Moses
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Bob Moses

Occupying the fertile ground between organic band land and an all-electronic production project, Bob Moses draw on the two poles to vividly resonate across both. A duo with an individual name, Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance’s musical endeavor plays with this kind of duality all over their debut album Days Gone By.They knew each other in high school in Vancouver, but each moved to New York City separately. They ran into each in a parking lot... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 7:20pm - 8:20pm
Motorco Park 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701

7:30pm

Well$
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Well$

Like most kids in his native town of Charlotte, North Carolina, Leroy Shingu had a head filled with hip-hop dreams growing up, even trying his hand at freestyling when he was all of nine years old. But a trying background starkly different from the blissful suburban reality of his peers would compel the rapper better known as Well$ to turn that childhood fantasy into a promising career as a rapper. Quietly released in 2012, $ay La V, Well$&rsquo... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 7:30pm - 8:00pm
Motorco Music Hall 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701

7:45pm

Trandle
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Trandle

Trandle is a producer out of Durham, North Carolina whose beats both reinterpret the history of hip-hop production, from trap to vintage boom bap to 90s ghetto fabulous chimes to chipmunk soul to jazz rap chords, and stammers over the boundaries of hip-hop into the wider electronic nebula.


Friday May 20, 2016 7:45pm - 8:30pm
Pinhook 117 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701

7:50pm

Alessandro Cortini
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Alessandro Cortini

Italian-born composer and performer Alessandro Cortini is a musical voyager. Having spent considerable time performing lead electronics in addition to revisiting his initial instrumental forays in guitar for Nine Inch Nails and How to Destroy Angels, as well as continuing a solo project under the banner SONOIO (an Italian echo from "sono io" translating to "it's me"), Cortini released his first recordings under his given name with the Forse... Read More →


8:00pm

Kode9
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Kode9

Born in Glasgow, Kode9, aka Steve Goodman, started deejaying at age 16. Having spent the halcyon 90s deejaying an eclectic mix of hip hop, reggae, and house while immersing himself in jungle and drum’n’bass, it is fitting that Kode9 became a fixture of the rise of grime in the 2000s. After his track “Ping” appeared on the Rephlex record’s second Grime compilation in 2004, Kode9 founded Hyperdub records, a vital... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
The Armory 220 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701

8:30pm

Daye Jack

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Daye Jack

While old folks lament the younger generation's disappearing attention span, 19-year-old Daye Jack is busy creating album-length experiences that overflow with vibrant soul and acute focus. Pronounced dah-yay, Daye Jack was born in Nigeria before moving to Atlanta at the age of six. He credits the slow, soulful vibe of Atlanta's suburban sprawl for the genesis of his sound. If Daye Jack's independently released Hello World is his broad... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 8:30pm - 9:15pm
Motorco Music Hall 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701

8:30pm

M. Geddes Gengras
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M. Geddes Gengras

Born in 1982 and a 10-year resident of Los Angeles, Gengras has defined his practice with the art of synthesis. Starting with a string of short-run cassettes detailing the interior curvature of his well-worn vintage budget level Moogs & moving into the more diverse sonics of modular synthesis explored on recent releases like ISHI (Leaving Records/Stones Throw), the focus has remained, sculpting new sounds from raw voltage & creating... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Pinhook 117 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701

8:50pm

Grimes
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Grimes

Since her critically acclaimed third album, Visions, was released, the Canadian electronic musician and producer Claire Boucher (a.k.a. Grimes) has toured the world and become an international phenomenon. She's headlined festivals, performed on late night television programs such as Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Later With Jools Holland, and has graced the cover of countless music and fashion magazines. During this time she wrote, produced... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 8:50pm - 9:50pm
Motorco Park 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701

9:00pm

Hieroglyphic Being
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Hieroglyphic Being

Hieroglyphic Being, aka Jamal Moss, has long been a pillar of the modern Chicago house scene. He was a protégé of house legend Adonis, and his roots in Chicago house extend back to Ron Hardy, who in the mid-1980s picked up Frankie Knuckles’s baton at the storied Warehouse (renamed Music Box) and brought the scene to full bloom. In the late 80s and early 90s, Moss was part of the posse that kicked off the legendary Liquid... Read More →

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Afrofuturism

Do androids dream of analog synths? Combining elements of science fiction, astral jazz, historical fiction, psychedelic hip hop, fantasy, and magic realism with non-Occidental cosmologies in order to critique not only the present-day dilemmas of the other, but also to revise, interrogate, and re-examine the historical events of the past. From the vibrant, frenetic canvases of Jean-Michel Basquiat to the extraterrestrial mythos of... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 9:00pm - 10:00pm
The Armory 220 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701

9:10pm

Grouper
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Grouper

Liz Harris, aka Grouper, was born in Northern California and grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. She self-released first album, Grouper, on CD-R in 2005. A year later she released Way Their Crept on Free Porcupine Records, re-releasing it in 2007 on Type Records. In addition to her several albums, she performed Violet Replacement, which was comprised of two extended tape collages that were first commissioned in New York and Berkeley. In... Read More →


9:15pm

Denzel Curry

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Denzel Curry

Rising MC Denzel Curry was born in 1995 and grew up in Carol City, Florida. His first mixtape was King Remembered Underground Tape 1991–1995, which came out in 2011. Soon thereafter he joined SpaceGhostPurrp’s group Raider Klan. He then released a second tape, King of the Mischievous South Vol. 1 Underground Tape 1996. In 2013, Curry released his first studio album, Nostalgia 64, to strong reviews. He left Raider Klan shortly before... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 9:15pm - 10:15pm
Motorco Music Hall 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701

9:30pm

Patricia
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Patricia

Patricia is the main solo project of prolific Brooklyn-based, Chicago-born producer Max Ravitz. A prominent artist in the L.I.E.S. continuum, Patricia has a pair of albums released for Opal Tapes, an EP on Spectral Sound, and an increasing body of collaborative work: Masks (with Arp), Inhalants (with Jahiliyya Fields), Pulpo (with Bookworms), DSR.MR (with Cloudface), and others. Initially emerging with a sound that arrived closer to the hazy... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Pinhook 117 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701

10:00pm

Bicep (Live)
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Bicep (Live)

What started as great music blog, FeelMyBicep, turned into something better: Bicep.  Matt McBrian and Andy Ferguson grew up together in Belfast where they began scouring crates for dance music, from Italo-disco to Acid House, as teens. Since then, they’ve moved to London, started amassing a following for their sets and the blog, and began releasing their own music. Currently the duo is touring, recording and the blog has become a... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
The Armory 220 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701

10:15pm

Lunice

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Lunice

Born and raised in the city of Montreal, Canadian producer / DJ Lunice has always been a disciple of hip hop. Coming up on breakbeats and having taken a stab at nearly all elements, from graffiti to beatboxing, he cut his teeth as a breakdancer and perfected his sense of rhythm and ear for music before hitting the decks and making his own beats. Now, Lunice overthrows overflowing dance floors everywhere he goes with his unique style: a perfect... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 10:15pm - 11:15pm
Motorco Music Hall 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701

10:15pm

ODESZA
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ODESZA

In 2012, a striking new voice emerged from the wider surge of electronic music in the U.S. ODESZA’s Summer’s Gone stood out from the crowd; it was a collection of songs, not just beats; and its irresistible, startling dreaminess, addictive drums and fathoms-deep bass set it apart from the by-the-numbers brutality of EDM’s also-rans. In an age of manufactured internet buzz and carefully plotted hype, ODESZA’s story was... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 10:15pm - 11:35pm
Motorco Park 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701

10:30pm

Gary Numan
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Gary Numan (3 Night Residency)

Gary Numan hails from Hammersmith in West London. After joining the punk group Lasers, he formed a new wave band, Tubeway Army, with drummer Bob Simmonds. In 1979, Tubeway Army scored an epochal Moog synthesizer-based UK No.1 hit, “Are ‘Friends’ Electric.” Following this, Numan began working as a solo artist under his own name. Under this name, Numan released his biggest U.S. hit, “Cars,” and classic albums... Read More →


11:00pm

Kyle Hall (DJ set)
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Kyle Hall

DJ Kyle Hall is burgeoning into the latest storied DJ from Detroit. His mentors in this illustrious tradition include Carl Craig, Omar-S, Theo Parrish, Rick Wilhite, and Mike Huckaby. His “Plastic Ambash” released on FXHE in 2007, as well as a Kyle Hall radio mix concocted by Omar-S for fabric, began to spread his name and raw, explosive talent around the globe, from Detroit to Ibiza. His releases on labels such as Hyperdub, Warp... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 11:00pm - Saturday May 21, 2016 12:00am
Pinhook 117 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701

11:00pm

Robert Hood

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Robert Hood

Founding member of the legendary group Underground Resistance as a 'Minister Of Information' with ‘Mad’ Mike Banks & Jeff Mills, Robert Hood’s seminal works on Jeff Mill's Axis and his very own M-Plant imprint paved the way for a wave of stripped-down dancefloor minimalism that directed much of techno's path throughout the late Nineties. Robert Hood makes minimal Detroit techno with an emphasis on soul and experimentation... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 11:00pm - Saturday May 21, 2016 12:30am
The Armory 220 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701

11:45pm

Tory Lanez
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Tory Lanez

Tory Lanez is one of the hottest emerging artist in hip-hop. Annexing evermore hip-hop and R&B territory for his native Toronto, Lanez’s baritone and rumbling basslines, haunted by ghosts of UK grime, has a more sinister, dystopian edge than is often associated with the Toronto scene. After several years of releasing mixtapes, Lanez appeared on a cut from YG’s hit album My Crazy Life, “Me & My Bitch,” in 2014. That... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 11:45pm - Saturday May 21, 2016 12:45am
Motorco Music Hall 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701

12:15am

GZA

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GZA (2 Night Residency)

Perhaps more than any other MC, GZA decapitates the quite choppable theory that Black Studies’ rise out of Black Power amounted to a move from the streets to the accredited university. As Raekwon and Method Man explained on the Wu-Tang Clan’s first album, GZA is the group’s “head,” the stone tablets, the scrolls. Yet since we yield to the temptation to fetishize GZA’s large vocabulary, for us, for now... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 12:15am - 1:15am
Motorco Music Hall 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701

12:30am

Darwin (DJ set)
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Darwin

Canadian born Darwin cut her teeth in recent years as a resident at the infamous underground Berlin club Griessmuehle. Her sounds span the UK to slicked out, robotic, sci-fi inspired techno, which you can hear on her emerging label SPE:C.


Saturday May 21, 2016 12:30am - 2:00am
Pinhook 117 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701

12:30am

The Black Madonna
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The Black Madonna

A sublime technician behind the decks, The Black Madonna is known for fluent and dynamic vinyl sets, which span from disco to techno. Her energy, infectious joy, and ability to connect with the room in concert with her skill, has cemented her as crowd favorite at revered venues such as Panorama Bar. Her DJ mixes for Beats In Space, Little White Earbuds and Bicep’s Rinse FM show remain highly regarded, selected from deep crates and... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 12:30am - 2:00am
The Armory 220 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701
 
Saturday, May 21
 

9:00am

Moga (Moog Yoga!)
Limited Capacity full

Moogfest Yogis (Mogis) join us on the rooftop of The Durham Hotel for an hour of vigorous Vinyasa Yoga to a Moog Music soundtrack. Jessica Collette leads you through a fun and fast-paced class with plenty of modifications and variations for everyone.

Mats are limited; please bring your own.
Towels and infused-water included.

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

By registering for a workshop, you acknowledge that Moogfest may share your email address with the instructor for the purpose of planning and coordinating this event.  

Saturday May 21, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
The Durham Hotel 315 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701

9:00am

RTP Convergence
Developed by Floating Point Collective, a field of LED rods forms a volumetric display. Each rod is equipped with a touch sensor. When touched by an attendee, colored light grows from their fingers, creating a light structure that rises into the sky and spreads outward through the other rods. When people are not interacting with the sculpture directly, another layer of interaction is revealed. The light city is affected by real time light data, shifting colored particles and allowing colors to mix in organic ways.
In developing this concept, Floating Point Collective was inspired by research practices and discoveries that have come out of Research Triangle Park. The designers were also inspired by the vision expressed in RTP’s redevelopment plans: a sustainable urban community that evolves in harmony with nature.

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Floating Point Collective

Based in Brooklyn, NY, Floating Point is an art and design collective that creates large-scale public installations and performative environments that are driven by audience participation. Floating Point believes in embracing emerging technologies, constantly seeking new forms of expression that resonate with the now, but look towards the future.  Floating Point’s work has been shown at Ars Electronica (AU), The MIT Media Lab, The... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 9:00am - 11:00pm
CCB PLAZA 201 Corcoran St, Durham, NC 27701

10:00am

KidCoolThereminSchool: Youth Workshop
Dorit Chrysler teaches children the secrets of theremins. It’s drawing sounds. Movement and music. Hearing motion! How do the five senses relate to the theremin? Chrysler trains young ears by teaching the basic principles of sound and motion. The Kid Cool Theremin School nurtures an environment devoted to creative discourse and collaboration for children and parents alike, and works towards participation rather than passiveness, deeply integrating music and art.

Suitable for kids and youths, ages 6 - 14. Parents are welcome to attend with their children.

Workshops are first come, first served and limited in capacity. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to start time. Entry is not guaranteed. 

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Dorit Chrysler

Born in Graz and residing in New York, she is the founder of the NY Theremin Society and one of the few Theremin virtuosos worldwide. Her Solo work ranges from electronic Pop to Film Soundscapes, most recently for the soundtrack of the HBO documentary “Going Clear” (Wall Street Journal: "a Futuristic Lotte Lenya", Kaltblut Magazine “Haunting Soundscapes”). Lars van Trier used her compositions and she has collaborated... Read More →

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STEAM

21st-century workers require skills that many of today’s graduates don’t have. Enter the STEM Education Plan: a strategy to strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math curricula across America. While industry remains tightly coupled with the STEM subjects, creative and applied arts are not always recognized for their role in catalyzing innovation. Today there is a movement to transform research policy to place Art + Design... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
21c Museum Hotel, Gallery 6 111 N. Corcoran St, Durham, NC 27701

10:00am

Musical Rube Goldberg Workshop
The Forge Initiative invites students of all ages to explore sequencing, timing, and mechanics using Rube Goldberg Machine constructions.

Webster's Dictionary added "Rube Goldberg" to its listing, defining it as “a comically involved, complicated invention, laboriously contrived to perform a simple operation." But Rube Goldberg’s "inventions," drawn for our pleasure, can actually work. By inventing excessively complex ways to accomplish simple tasks, he entertained us and poked fun at the gadgets designed to make our lives easier.

Sequencing, timing and mechanics are critical engineering skills that are just as important in the world of music and art. The students will be using these materials to explore both basic and advanced mechanical and programming concepts by building hands on "Musical Rube Goldberg" machines. Complexity can vary between simple domino runs to complex mechanisms.

** This session is free and open to the public as part of Moogfest’s STEAM program. A festival ticket is not required. 

This workshop is limited in capacity and offered on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time. Entrance is not guaranteed.

If you would like to pre-register, you can do so directly with The Forge at http://theforgedowntown.org/moogfest  

 


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The Forge

The Forge Initiative believes that our future will be stronger and our communities more vibrant when people of all ages can engage collaboratively in technology. We act to create that future within each “Forge.” The team of volunteers from The Forge Initiative is made up of self-identified makers, 3D printing enthusiasts, competitive robotics experts and artists experienced in making STEAM accessible to all ages.

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STEAM

21st-century workers require skills that many of today’s graduates don’t have. Enter the STEM Education Plan: a strategy to strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math curricula across America. While industry remains tightly coupled with the STEM subjects, creative and applied arts are not always recognized for their role in catalyzing innovation. Today there is a movement to transform research policy to place Art + Design... Read More →


10:00am

Utopian Projections
Limited Capacity full

Artists Basma Alsharif and Ben Russell lead this collaborative exploration of the no-space of projection, the only place where Utopia can be fully realized; a temporary site where time becomes space and subject matter can be engaged in an idealized form. Seen through the converging lenses of Basma's practice of Doppelganging (in which the experience of watching mimics the experience of recording) and Ben's work in Psychedelic Ethnography (a methodology that marries the subjective charge with an objective understanding of the/a self), we look at works that collapse a politics of representation and point towards the embodiment of subject through the practice of filmmaking and media performance.

Participants actively engage in a collective discussion on the histories, herstories, limits, possibilities and challenges of Utopia, opening up into the material exploration of their own ideas for Utopia as a place. Subtopics include: bilocation, psychedelia, non-fiction filmmaking, auto-hypnosis, self-identification, trance and transformation.

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

By registering for a workshop, you acknowledge that Moogfest may share your email address with the instructor for the purpose of planning and coordinating this event.  
  

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Basma Alsharif

Basma ALSHARIF is an artist and filmmaker of Palestinian origin, born in Kuwait, raised between France and the United States. Since receiving a Master of Fine Arts in 2007 from the University of Illinois at Chicago, she developed her practice nomadically between Cairo, Beirut, Sharjah, Amman, and the Gaza Strip. Basma's work centers on the human condition in relation to shifting geopolitical landscapes, natural environments and history. She works... Read More →
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Ben Russell

Ben Russell (b.1976, USA) is a media artist and curator whose films, installations, and performances foster a deep engagement with the history and semiotics of the moving image. A 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship and 2010 FIPRESCI award recipient, Ben has had solo screenings and exhibitions at the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Rotterdam Film Festival, the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Viennale, and the Museum of... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
21c Museum Hotel, Gallery 5 111 N. Corcoran St, Durham, NC 27701

10:00am

Hidden Figures: Women & Afrofuturism

A broad dialogue about black women and their role in creating the Future. Using the film, Hidden Figures: Women & Afrofuturism, as a jumping off point, the conversation will cover a wide range of topics with special guests to be announced.

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Kimberly Drew

Kimberly Drew (a.k.a. @museummammy) received her B.A. from Smith College in Art History and African-American Studies, with a concentration in Museum Studies. An avid lover of black culture and art, Drew first experienced the art world as an intern in the Director’s Office of The Studio Museum in Harlem. Her time at the Studio Museum inspired her to start the Tumblr blog Black Contemporary Art, sparking her interest in social... Read More →
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Chuck Lightning

Chuck Lightning has been integral to recent developments in musical Afrofuturism, behind the boards and, increasingly, in front of them. Lightning and his Morehouse College roommate Nate Wonder comprise the avant-funk duo Deep Cotton. Lightning and Wonder have produced music for Grammy nominated, rabble rousing R&B singer Janelle Monae. Deep Cotton’s song "We're Far Enough from Heaven Now We Can Freak Out" appeared in a Sonos commercial... Read More →
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Janelle Monae

Janelle Monáe is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, performer, and producer known for her unique style and groundbreaking sound. In 2010, Monáe released the highly anticipated and critically acclaimed “ArchAndroid,” which reached No. 17 on the Billboard Charts and earned her two Grammy nominations. In 2013, she released the critically acclaimed album “The Electric Lady” featuring artists like Prince and... Read More →
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Allison Schroeder

Allison Schroeder is a screenwriter in Los Angeles, whose most recent project Hidden Figures tells the true story of three female mathematicians at NASA during the Cold War who were African American. Allison grew up near NASA in Florida where both her grandparents worked and then interned herself at NASA for many years. The film will be released in theaters 1/13/17. She also has a musical pilot in development at Universal Cable and... Read More →

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Afrofuturism

Do androids dream of analog synths? Combining elements of science fiction, astral jazz, historical fiction, psychedelic hip hop, fantasy, and magic realism with non-Occidental cosmologies in order to critique not only the present-day dilemmas of the other, but also to revise, interrogate, and re-examine the historical events of the past. From the vibrant, frenetic canvases of Jean-Michel Basquiat to the extraterrestrial mythos of... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Carolina Theatre, Cinema 1 309 W Morgan St, Durham, NC 27703

10:00am

Ten Minute Music
What happens when five folks come together for ten minutes with a wide choice of music-making gadgets? You get a ten minute song. Eban Crawford, aka Senator Jaiz, and Christina Cucurullo ask a few questions to start each project and then guide the participants in the creation of a sixteen-bar loop, the basis for each ten minute song. Add in natural sounds and animal calls to invent a unique aural biome. All the creations are available for download by the participants after the event. Along with the fun of creating new music, Eban and Christina will educate about song structure, a bit of music theory, and the basics of electronic music creation.

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Eban Crawford and Christina Cucurullo

Eban Crawford, also known as electronic musician Senator Jaiz, and Christina Cucurullo lead a bit of a double life. By day, Eban is the Audio Engineer at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. He creates soundscapes, music, sound effects, and even performs live soundtracks to accompany lectures. By night, Eban wears his Senator Jaiz persona and creates trip-hop, electronic chill lounge music, and classical compositions. He is the head of Reaching for... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
21c Museum Hotel, Gallery 3 111 N. Corcoran St, Durham, NC 27701

10:00am

Driving Graphics with Modular Synthesis
Limited Capacity full

Explore how to create real-time synthesis engines to drive graphics in this workshop with Cullen Millen. Using eurorack and Pure Data, an open-source visual programing environment, participants learn a variety of modular synthesis techniques and ways to communicate with other visual programing environments. By using control hierarchies, digital signal processing, FFT analysis, and computer networks, participants create richer and more responsive visuals with modular synthesis.

All skill levels welcome.
Bring a laptop to participate.

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

By registering for a workshop, you acknowledge that Moogfest may share your email address with the instructor for the purpose of planning and coordinating this event.   

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Cullen Miller (Gray Area)

Cullen Miller is an audiovisual composer, spatial-media designer, and curator. His formative years, spent in Detroit's lofts and clubs, contributed greatly to the development of his aesthetic sensibilities. Beckoned by the freak culture prominent in the San Francisco Bay Area, he migrated westward pursuing curatorial work with Gray Area Foundation, SFCMP, and teaching digital signal processing at San Francisco State University. He currently... Read More →


10:00am

Moog Music Synth Building Workshop (GROUP B2) (Closed)
Limited Capacity full

This two-day synth-building workshop, led by Moog engineers, invites a select group of enthusiasts to build and keep their very own unreleased Moog analog synthesizer and sequencer. The hands-on workshop is conducted in two, three-hour sessions within a pop-up Moog production facility.

No experience necessary, but basic soldering knowledge is recommended.

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Moog Music

Moog Music is the leading producer of analog synthesizers in the world. The employee-owned company and its customers carry on the legacy of its founder, electronic musical instrument pioneer, Dr. Bob Moog.  All of Moog’s instruments are hand built in its factory on the edge of downtown Asheville, NC.


10:00am

Modular Marketplace
An electronic pop-up shop showcasing the latest and greatest from a lineup of innovative instrument makers. Boutique electronics, experimental effects, and modern modular synthesizers combine for an interactive exhibition where the public can engage with new musical devices and their designers.

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4MS

4MS
4ms Company has been designing and building innovative audio electronics for | musicians since 1996. 4ms Company offers alternatives to traditional instruments with our poly-rhythmic clock modules that create evolving complex mathematical beat patterns, a resonator that can cast pop music into micro-tonal keys, a chaos generator that confounds attempts to make the same sound twice, a routing matrix that's played like an instrument, and... Read More →
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Artiphon

Artiphon is a consumer electronics company designing creative technologies for everyday music-making.
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Audulus

Audulus is a cross-platform visual programming environment that allows you to design sound from first principles. Audulus is a *modular* modular synthesizer, providing the ingredients to create your own modules from scratch. Classrooms and workshops around the world are already using Audulus to teach the fundamentals of synthesis. Even some analog synthesizer companies are now using Audulus to prototype new products. Audulus is frequently updated... Read More →
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Delptronics

Delptronics designs and manufactures Eurorack synthesizer modules, drum machines, and all manner of unique electronic musical instruments.
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Intellijel

Intellijel is a Canadian based team of engineers, university professors, musicians and synth geeks. | Their deep passion for electronic music has lead them to create a large range of sophisticated and high quality modular synthesizer products used by musicians and fellow synth nerds worldwide.
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Neuronics

Neuronics is an exciting new adventure in scientific sound synthesis helmed by Leon Dewan of Dewanatron and Producer Josh Humphrey.
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Reverb.com

Reverb.com's mission is to create the best place for musicians to buy and sell the gear they use to create the music they love. Our marketplace was built to foster safe and secure transactions, inspire musicians to discover more ways to expand their playing and sound, and cultivate the most vibrant and inspired music community anywhere online.
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Sunhouse

Sensory Percussion is a hardware/software system that works to bridge the gap between acoustic drum playing and electronic sound. It turns the surface of your drum into an expressive digital music controller, allowing you to control complex electronic sound mappings by just playing the drums, translating all the human nuances of live performance through to the digital sounds. While standard trigger systems turn your drum into little more than... Read More →
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Synthrotek

Synthrotek started in Seattle in late 2009 as both a business and a passion. Steve started building his own small synths by taking laser paper, acid, and an iron and etching his own boards. It occurred to him that other folks might want to do the same thing, but with much less hassle. He recruited a couple locals to help design the projects that he was working on. The Atari Punk Console was their first completed project. Since then, we have... Read More →
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WMD

WMD is a manufacturer of music hardware including Modular Synthesizers, Guitar Pedals, and stand alone music instruments. Our focus is to create quality products with an emphasis on features and versatility. In addition to our own line of products we offer manufacturing services to both startups and established modular synthesizer companies.
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Kilpatrick Audio

Kilpatrick Audio strives to create unique and interesting musical equipment designed to sound great, be fun to use, and to inspire musical ideas in the exploration of new sounds. Through use of both new and vintage circuits, and cutting edge software Kilpatrick Audio makes inspiring experiences.
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Malekko Heavy Industry Corporation

Malekko Heavy Industry Corporation designs and builds products in Portland Oregon USA, specializing in both synthesizer modules and guitar pedals. The company is co-owned by entrepreneur Josh Holley and music industry veteran Paul Barker of bands Ministry, Puscifer, Lead Into Gold, and others.
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The Counterpointer

The Counterpointer is a synthesizer that generates three-voice harmonies in the style of Bach. To an alto melody created by the user, it generates bass and soprano voices based on the rules of eighteenth–century counterpoint. Created by Luisa Pereira ––an artist, engineer, and musician based in New York City–– The Counterpointer is the first device in The Well–Sequenced Synthesizer, a series of devices that... Read More →
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Noise Engineering

Noise Engineering is character in a small footprint. Digital when it works, analog when itworks. Exploring new sound spaces to help broaden the universe of musical tone in thecontext of a proper interactive interface.
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Suit & Tie Guy

Suit & Tie Guy designs and manufactures Eurorack and Moog (MU) format modular synthesizers in the middle of America. Suit & Tie Guy develops many modular circuits, but specializes in sequencing, timing, and clock functionality in the modular environment. 
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LZX Industries

LZX Industries create modular instruments for analogue video synthesis and processing.
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Bastl Instruments

Bastl Instruments is a dynamic and community driven company focused on producinghand-made electronic musical instruments. The products we make mainly spring fromour needs we have as musicians and range from tabletop instruments and utilities tomodules for eurorack modular systems. We are based in Brno, Czech Republic wherewe also run a small shop called noise.kitchen . It all started in 2011 as Standuino andtransformed into Bastl in 2013. In 2015... Read More →
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Mutable Instruments

Olivier Gillet has been crafting audio signal processing code for more than two decades, working on projects as diverse as research on drum loop analysis or automatic music transcription, recommendation systems for online music services, game audio engines, or one of the very first mobile DAW. In 2009, he designed his first hardware synthesizer, the Shruti-1, to teach himself electronics. The project became popular in the Synth DIY community, and... Read More →
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Bleep Labs

Bleep Labs
Bleep Labs has been designing and building analog and digital synthesizer kits and noise | friends since 2006.
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Modular Marketplace

From an instrument that can make any musical sound imaginable to the latest DIY modular synthesizers, Moogfest 2016 will showcase the future of electronic music at the Modular Marketplace, a free, interactive pop-up where fans can play with, test-drive, and experience the next generation of musical devices and meet their designers. | | Playing the wares and interacting with the designers is encouraged in this pulsating electronic instrument... Read More →
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Black Market Modular

Black Market Modular is a modular synthesizer/accessories/cable manufacturer and is the designer of the new open-source "modular-modular" format known as ColourCV with it's release of the eurorack version of the Colour Palette.
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Sputnik Modular

Modular Synths influenced by West Coast design philosophy.
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ZVEX Modular

After nearly two decades of designing innovative guitar pedals, ZVEX Effects is entering the modular synthesizer market by debuting it's new line of eurorack modules.
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Big City Music

Big City Music is a Los Angeles based synth shop with boutique pedals, modular synths, and other electronic instruments exclusive to BCM. We have specialized in analog synth sales since 1995, first in vintage equipment sales and eventually expanding into the growing "new" analog market.
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Make Noise

What started as a re-visioning of jettisoned music technology grew into a crew of folks— Make Noise—working together in Asheville, NC, to design and build some pretty strange, but thoughtful modular synthesizers. We see our instruments as a collaboration with musicians who create once in a lifetime performances that push boundaries and play the notes between the notes to discover the unfound sounds. We want our instruments to be an... Read More →
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Electric Objects

EO1 by Electric Objects is an Internet-connected screen designed specifically for art, capable of playing video, animations, high definition images, or web-based work. Discover and display more than 10,000 works of art. Browse collections curated by prominent artists, publishers, libraries, and museums, and keep anything you like. Display your own GIFs, pics, video, and web art, too.
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Switched On

Switched On is a sythesis and pro-audio retail store locate in Austin Tx. Founded on 2010, Switched On has become a destination for musicians worldwide offering the best of new and vintage audio tools for music professionals and enthusiasts alike. Switched On provides not only world-class pre-sales consultation but also repair services for synths of every era, analog and digital recording devices, amplifiers, microphones, and more. Switched On is... Read More →
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Endangered Audio Research

Endangered Audio Research is a boutique guitar pedal and modular synthesizer company based in Asheville, North Carolina. Focusing on rescuing and updating old and forgotten circuits, EAR brings vintage sound to the modern market without the vintage price tag.
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Erogenous Tones

Erogenous Tones is an audio hardware and software company founded by Rick Burnett in 2015 to pursue his passions as an electrical engineer and musician. After being introduced to the eurorack modular format at Moogfest 2012, his interest was drawn towards participation in the modular community - leading him to collaborate with Andrew Morelli and Steady State Fate on his first modular offering 'GateStorm’, an advanced gate generator... Read More →


10:00am

Mammal Music
Ever mix a bear’s roar with a bass line? Ever sampled from a whale song? Using Mammal Music, you become a wilderness DJ by combining musical loops, natural sounds and animal calls to make unique musical mixes. You start by choosing a rhythm, add a melody and a bass line, and then play with the animal sounds and natural soundscapes. Add some choice effects to the mix and hear your creations come to life! Fun for all ages. 

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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh is the most visited museum in the state and the largest institution of its kind in the Southeast. Through exhibits, programs, and field experiences, the Museum provides everyone with opportunities to get up close and personal with science and nature. Where else can you touch the bones of a Right Whale, come face to face with a Cretaceous carnivore, or sit in the center of the Earth... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm
21c Museum Hotel, Gallery 3 111 N. Corcoran St, Durham, NC 27701

10:00am

The Global Synthesizer Project
Yuri Suzuki and Moog Music proudly present 'The Global Synthesizer Project,' an interactive electronic musical instrument installation where users can synthesize environmental sounds from around the world. Utilizing an arch be of atmospheric field recordings from diverse geographies, 'The Global Synthesizer Project' empowers users to create new sonic environments through the manipulation of the source material.

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Yuri Suzuki

Yuri Suzuki is a sound artist, designer, and electronic musician who produces work that explores the realms of sound through exquisitely designed pieces. | | After working with Japanese art unit Maywa Denki–where he developed a strong interest in music and technology–he moved to London to study at the Royal College of Art. While in school, Yuri did some work for Yamaha, and after graduating in 2008, he opened his own studio in... Read More →


10:00am

PLAY—Sound
Play–Sound is an interactive sound installation by global design & innovation firm, IDEO.
This installation explores sound and creative play through a body-scaled, playful composition of inflatable spheres. Each sphere is equipped with inertial motion sensors—acceleration, rotation, and the Earth’s magnetic fields—enabling the composition of spheres to act as a gestural musical interface. The gestures are interpreted through machine learning and used to sculpt an evolving dynamic sonic output.

Participants play these spheres alone or in groups as a giant beach-ball powered synthesizer!

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IDEO

IDEO
IDEO (eye-dee-oh) is a leading global design firm that takes a human-centered, design-based approach to helping organizations grow. Powered by 600+ people in 10 offices across the globe, we work closely with our clients—start-ups, leading brands, private, public and social sectors—to unlock their creative potential and create positive impact through design.


Saturday May 21, 2016 10:00am - 7:00pm
The Cage 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701

10:00am

Pollinator Synthesizer
The Pollinator Synthesizer is a generative soundscape, reacting in real time to the bees inside the Burt’s Bees Observation Hive. Microphones and optical sensors detect bees moving in and out. Capacitive sensors detect presence and movement of the bees. Temperature and humidity sensors track subtle variations in the hive near the queen. All that data is interpreted into a droning ambient bee-inspired soundscape.

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Ranjit Bhatnagar

Ranjit works with interactive and sound installations, scanner photography, and, internet-based collaborative art. Recent works have been exhibited at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, the Parc d’aventures scientifiques in Belgium, Flux Factory in Queens, in the Artbots series at Eyebeam Atelier and the Pratt Institute in New York, and the Mermaid Show at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Brooklyn. He recently taught... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 10:00am - 7:00pm
American Tobacco Campus 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701

10:00am

THETA: Virtual Reality
THETA (Θ) is a guided meditation virtual reality spa: an experiential installation founded on principles of sensorial decadence and medical relaxation.

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Flatsitter

Flatsitter is an interdisciplinary collaboration that incorporates video, software programming, performance and installation. Our artistic works nurture a perception of society, community and environment as interlocking parts of a creative experience and are exhibited in an array of formats, such as ephemeral web collections, live performances, site-specific installations, and live virtual reality experiences utilizing the Oculus Rift. Flatsitter... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 10:00am - 7:00pm
21c Museum Hotel, Gallery 1 111 N. Corcoran St, Durham, NC 27701

10:00am

Celebrating the Work of Don Buchla: From the Collection of Richard Smith

Don Buchla is an American pioneer in the field of sound synthesis. A contemporary of Bob Moog, Buchla designed and sold Modular synthesizers starting in 1963.

Richard Smith, an electronics technician and musician with over fifteen years of experience in the restoration of historic high-end systems by Buchla, Moog, ARP, and EMS, has amassed the world’s most complete collection of electronic instruments ever assembled by designer Don Buchla, comprised of discrete instruments as well as prototypes, historical photographs, brochures and support documentation spanning 1965 to 2005. Moogfest celebrates the work and legacy of Don Buchla with an exhibition curated from the collections of Richard Smith, Suzanne Ciani, Kurt Kurasaki, and Switched On, featuring rare Buchla devices and ephemera spanning over 50 years.

Presented by Red Bull Music Academy.

Richard Smith, along with Alessandro Cortini, Morton Subotnik, Sarah Davachi, and Suzanne Ciani, honor Don Buchla in a very special concert at 3:45pm on Friday, May 20th at the Durham Arts Council PSI Theatre.

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Richard Smith

Richard Smith is an electronics technician and musician with over fifteen years of experience in the restoration of historic high-end systems by Buchla, Moog, ARP, and EMS. His clients include some of the most influential electronic artists of the last fifty years, musicians such as Morton Subotnick, Suzanne Ciani, Aphex Twin, and The Chemical Brothers, as well as respected institutions such as Mills College, New York University, and the... Read More →

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Instrument Innovators

Since the first humans stood upright, people have been compelled to make sounds and compose them into rhythm and song. Humanity progresses, societies evolve, and expressions, representations, and tastes shift wildly, but the drive to make tools that produce music has, and will always, permeate all cultures. Once instrument builders first began to harness electronic technologies into new possibilities for instrument design, the... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 10:00am - 8:00pm
Durham Arts Council Foyer 120 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701

10:00am

Realiti - Inside the Music of Grimes

Realiti – Inside the Music of Grimes is an environment that celebrates music, art and technology by offering fans a unique chance to remix the track ‘Realiti’ by festival headliner Grimes. Redefining the music experience, the installation invites visitors to manipulate their surroundings as they explore an ever-evolving world.

The installation’s system is a part of Microsoft’s ongoing Music x Tech program. Powered by Microsoft's Kinect technology, the innovative hardware recognizes and tracks each interaction with the installation, translating the data into unique sounds and visuals. The result is a dynamic and immersive environment that blurs the line between creator and audience.

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Grimes

Since her critically acclaimed third album, Visions, was released, the Canadian electronic musician and producer Claire Boucher (a.k.a. Grimes) has toured the world and become an international phenomenon. She's headlined festivals, performed on late night television programs such as Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Later With Jools Holland, and has graced the cover of countless music and fashion magazines. During this time she wrote, produced... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 10:00am - 8:00pm
DCC PLAZA 301 West Morgan St, Durham, NC 27701

10:00am

Body Scrub, Gender
Current Trajectory: 
Sensing a new convergence of the Cinematic and Performing Arts, Kurosh uses inexpensive video game technology to amplify the body language. On stage, his Body Scrub Device returns control of the audience experience​ to performers. And off the stage, it is a virtual fun-house mirror encouraging spectators to become the spectacle. Body Scrub; Gender was intended for display at/near public bathrooms. It reflects viewer-participants as male and female symbols, suggesting gender is fluid, and not a binary as indicated at these facilities.

Title: Body Scrub, Gender
Media: Interactive Installation
Hardware: Kinect sensor, dual-boot Mac mini, High Definition LED screen; 
Software: Unity game-engine, Zigfu plug-in, Photoshop, After Effects
Credits: Kurosh ValaNejad created the Body Scrub device at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.  Game Innovation Lab Research Associate Todd Furmanski wrote the code, Art assets used to develop and test the software were created by USC Animation MFA candidates Nesli Erten. And technical guidance and artistic encouragement was provided by Vangelis Lympouridis, Visiting Scholar at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

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Kurosh ValaNejad

Research Artist, USC Cinema
Kurosh ValaNejad is an Iranian-American who was born an American-Iranian in Tehran in 1966 to an Iranian father and an American mother.  In 1977, just before the Iranian Revolution, he moved to Midwest City, Oklahoma.  He now lives in the west Mid-City neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.   Since 2001, he has helped develop well-meaning computer applications, aka Serious games, at USC research labs where his work has... Read More →


10:00am

The WiFi Whisperer
Wireless is one of the most ubiquitous means of digital connectivity, shaping our experience of networks and the internet. But far from being a neutral medium, these networks often betray their users. This can happen when an internet provider decides to monitor or manipulate your data, but also when someone nearby listens in on your activity, or even tricks your device into telling them more than it should. 

The WiFi Whisperer is an art installation that explores the social nature of the WiFi protocol, introducing some important technical concepts for understanding WiFi and networks, and creatively interprets data from the air. 

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Kyle McDonald

Kyle McDonald created People Staring at Computers, a Tumblr Blog and art project, in June of 2011. McDonald installed an application to take pictures of Apple Store customers in the West 14 Street and SoHo Street Apple Stores in Manhattan. McDonald would also take video of the customer’s reactions once the picture was taken. The project was complete after three days and in total collected over a thousand photographs of Apple Store... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 10:00am - 11:00pm
Carolina Theatre Alcove 309 W Morgan St, Durham, NC 27701

10:00am

Software as an Extension of the Creative Process
Limited Capacity full

Since the 1960s, artists and technologists have used software for the real-time manipulation of image processing.

This workshop is a hands-on demo and studio visit, with Andrew Benson, known for his feedback experimental digital video and animations, is constantly pushing the boundaries of technologies for new ways in which to create work in this expanded media environment. Explore the visual experimentation possibilities of custom software tools Jitter/Max/MSP, and the application of ideas pulled from synthesis (control signals, modulation, feedback, filtering).

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

By registering for a workshop, you acknowledge that Moogfest may share your email address with the instructor for the purpose of planning and coordinating this event.  
  

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Andrew Benson (Undervolt & Co.)

Andrew Benson is a visual artist and performer based in Los Angeles, working primarily with digital and electronic media. His performances, videos, animations, and internet works are rooted in a material-focused and playful approach to electronic media—pushing the digital form as both visual language and medium. Playing at the edges of animation, experimental video, and electronic sound, Andrew combines unusual technical processes with a... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 10:00am - 11:30pm
Duke I&E 215 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701

10:30am

Modular Marketplace Guided Introduction
Join us for a guided introduction to the circuit designers, software coders, UX designers, retail experts, artists, producers, and engineers creating new sounds and ideas at the Modular Marketplace. The Modular Marketplace is a place where electronic instrument makers come to discuss, demonstrate, discover, and sell musical electronics. Here you’ll be able to have hands on tutorials with modular synthesizers, vintage synthesizers, digital audio workstation, analog and digital effects processors, iOS Music applications, robotic sequencers, aleotoric composition tools, DIY kits, one-of-a-kind instruments, and more.

** This session is free and open to the public as part of Moogfest’s STEAM program. A festival ticket is not required. 

This guided introduction is limited in capacity and offered on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time. Entrance is not guaranteed.

 

10:30am

No Effects Live Podcast Recording with Julia Holter and Empress Of
Jesse Cohen, one half of the band Tanlines, hosts a live recording of his podcast, No Effects, with Empress of and Julia Holter.
No Effects is a a longform, conversational podcast, in which he sits down and talks with musicians about their lives and work.
Join Cohen in his relaxed, unstuffy intellectual environment to learn about Empress Of and Julia Holter’s work intimately.

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No Effects with Jesse Cohen

Jesse Cohen is one half of the band Tanlines and the host of “No Effects” with Jesse Cohen, a longform, conversational podcast, in which he sits down and talks with musicians about their lives and work. Past guests of the show include Ed Droste from Grizzly Bear, Ali Shaheed Muhammad from A Tribe Called Quest, Jenny Hval, Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend, Kelela, and MNDR. Paper magazine describes the show as "a relaxed... Read More →
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Julia Holter

Have You In My Wilderness is Julia Holter’s most intimate album yet, a collection of radiant ballads. Her follow-up to 2013’s widely celebrated Loud City Song explores love, trust, and power in human relationships. While love songs are familiar fodder in pop music, Holter manages to stay fascinatingly oblique and enigmatic on her new album. Have You in My Wilderness is also Holter’s most sonically intimate album. Here, she and... Read More →
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Empress Of

“Can I make it clear?” Lorely Rodriguez asks within the opening moments of her debut album, Me. Her singular voice is the centerpiece of Me, her first fully-formed vision of an album, following her previously shorter and more abstract releases as Empress Of. “Don’t tell me who I am,” she sings seconds later. Me plays out like diary entries from one woman’s voice musing on the personal, the political, and all... Read More →

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Radio & the Radiophonic

“Radio” today describes an idea as much as any particular communications technology. It has been almost one hundred years since the first wireless broadcasts for entertainment, and radio seems livelier than ever: from AM, to FM, to HAM, to satellite, with internet streaming, apps and podcasts, this sound medium knows no bounds. So, what is radio today? And how has this technology sustained so much... Read More →


10:30am

IBM Watson Design Ideation Session
Limited Capacity full

Get hands-on with IBM Watson at Moogfest! In this collaborative session, participants are guided through a rapid design ideation session lead by the IBM Watson Ecosystem lead designer, Maya Weinstein. Learn about IBM Watson technology, how IBM leverages design-thinking to create Powered by Watson apps, and how to use their design strategy to hack an experience. Be prepared for a fun, interactive, hands on session.

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

By registering for a workshop, you acknowledge that Moogfest may share your email address with the instructor for the purpose of planning and coordinating this event.  
  

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Maya Weinstein (IBM Watson)

Maya is the lead innovation consultant for the IBM Watson Ecosystem. She combines design thinking and agile methods to help partners mitigate risk and get to market faster. She has worked at IBM Watson for three years teaching and facilitating design thinking workshops both internally and externally. In her spare time, Maya hangs out with her senior dog Zion and evil cat Panda in Brooklyn, NY.

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Art & Artificial Intelligence

We are entering into a new age of computer science research: an age where machine learning algorithms use neural networks or probabilistic Markov models to emulate thinking, and consequently, conscious creativity. It is not merely encyclopedic knowledge, but creative problem solving that will define the future of artificial intelligence. What does it mean if computers be taught to hear, write, improvise, and play music? And can they do it in a... Read More →


11:00am

Masterclass: Daniel Lanois
Producer, musical ground-breaker, and ambient pioneer Daniel Lanois and his band play and demonstrate in the round. In this intimate setting, the audience gets up close and sees the musicians in close quarters. Along the way, Lanois takes questions, gives advice, and talks on what takes place both on stage and in the studio.
The focus here is on music, thus placed at the center.

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Daniel Lanois

Daniel Lanois’s outsized mark on music continues to spread. As a protégé of Brian Eno, Lanois worked on classic Eno albums such as Ambient 4: On Land (1982) and Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks (1983). Lanois also collaborated with Eno in producing U2’s The Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby, and All That You Can’t Leave Behind. Lanois has also produced for Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Peter Gabriel, Neil Young, and Willie... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Armory 220 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701

11:00am

Beats & Star Wars Demo
Blackspace hosts a beat making and coding demo, that takes youth from Durham, to a galaxy far, far away. Beat Making Lab™ co-founder Pierce Freelon and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Design Center at NC State present an app currently in development that would allow youth from around the world to share music and ideas through at Darth-vader robot. Participants get a brief history of the project, exchange sounds and make a beat together.


** This session is free and open to the public as part of Moogfest’s STEAM program. A festival ticket is not required. 

This workshop is limited in capacity and offered on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time. Entrance is not guaranteed.

 



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Pierce Freelon

Pierce Freelon is an Afro-futurist, professor, musician, and organizer. He is the creator of Blackspace—a digital makerspace based in Durham, North Carolina; and the co-founder/host of the PBS web-series Beat Making Lab. He teaches in the Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies at UNC Chapel Hill, and is the front-man of the jazz/hip hop quartet The Beast.

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Afrofuturism

Do androids dream of analog synths? Combining elements of science fiction, astral jazz, historical fiction, psychedelic hip hop, fantasy, and magic realism with non-Occidental cosmologies in order to critique not only the present-day dilemmas of the other, but also to revise, interrogate, and re-examine the historical events of the past. From the vibrant, frenetic canvases of Jean-Michel Basquiat to the extraterrestrial mythos of... Read More →
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STEAM

21st-century workers require skills that many of today’s graduates don’t have. Enter the STEM Education Plan: a strategy to strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math curricula across America. While industry remains tightly coupled with the STEM subjects, creative and applied arts are not always recognized for their role in catalyzing innovation. Today there is a movement to transform research policy to place Art + Design... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Full Frame Theater 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701

11:00am

Musical Rube Goldberg Workshop
The Forge Initiative invites students of all ages to explore sequencing, timing, and mechanics using Rube Goldberg Machine constructions.

Webster's Dictionary added "Rube Goldberg" to its listing, defining it as “a comically involved, complicated invention, laboriously contrived to perform a simple operation." But Rube Goldberg’s "inventions," drawn for our pleasure, can actually work. By inventing excessively complex ways to accomplish simple tasks, he entertained us and poked fun at the gadgets designed to make our lives easier.

Sequencing, timing and mechanics are critical engineering skills that are just as important in the world of music and art. The students will be using these materials to explore both basic and advanced mechanical and programming concepts by building hands on "Musical Rube Goldberg" machines. Complexity can vary between simple domino runs to complex mechanisms.

** This session is free and open to the public as part of Moogfest’s STEAM program. A festival ticket is not required. 

This workshop is limited in capacity and offered on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time. Entrance is not guaranteed.

If you would like to pre-register, you can do so directly with The Forge at http://theforgedowntown.org/moogfest  

 


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The Forge

The Forge Initiative believes that our future will be stronger and our communities more vibrant when people of all ages can engage collaboratively in technology. We act to create that future within each “Forge.” The team of volunteers from The Forge Initiative is made up of self-identified makers, 3D printing enthusiasts, competitive robotics experts and artists experienced in making STEAM accessible to all ages.

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STEAM

21st-century workers require skills that many of today’s graduates don’t have. Enter the STEM Education Plan: a strategy to strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math curricula across America. While industry remains tightly coupled with the STEM subjects, creative and applied arts are not always recognized for their role in catalyzing innovation. Today there is a movement to transform research policy to place Art + Design... Read More →


11:00am

The Improvising Robotic Marimba Player
Gil Weinberg presents Shimon, the robotic marimba player. Shimon can listen to, understand, collaborate with, and surprise his human counterparts. Along with a few other robotic musicians and musical cyborgs developed by Georgia Tech’s Robotic Musicianship group, Shimon uses artificial intelligence and creativity algorithms to push musical experiences and outcomes to uncharted domains. Weinberg discusses the Robotic Musicianship Group at Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, which aims to facilitate meaningful musical interactions between humans and machines, leading to novel and creative musical experiences and outcomes. Shimon will perform on the marimba.

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Gil Weinberg & Shimon

Shimon, the robotic marimba player, can listen to, understand, collaborate with, and surprise his human counterparts. Along with a few other robotic musicians and musical cyborgs developed by Georgia Tech’s Robotic Musicianship group, Shimon uses artificial intelligence and creativity algorithms to push musical experiences and outcomes to uncharted domains. The Robotic Musicianship Group at Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology aims to... Read More →

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Art & Artificial Intelligence

We are entering into a new age of computer science research: an age where machine learning algorithms use neural networks or probabilistic Markov models to emulate thinking, and consequently, conscious creativity. It is not merely encyclopedic knowledge, but creative problem solving that will define the future of artificial intelligence. What does it mean if computers be taught to hear, write, improvise, and play music? And can they do it in a... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Durham Arts Council PSI Theatre 120 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701

11:00am

HYPNOTIQUE SCÉANCE
Limited Capacity full

Welcome to the HYPNOTIQUE SCÉANCE. Come for the misguided meditations, stay for the sensory stimulations and mass hypnoses.

In this workshop, the Church of Space introduces the theoretical basis for modern magical work, revisiting centuries of shamanistic and sorcery tradition en route to explaining modern magic theory by grounding the occult teachings in a modern science understanding.
We expose traditional magical rituals as ways of achieving gnosis through a conscious bypassing of the higher thought observer, letting subconscious thought quantum compute and either READ the aether resonances (divination) of WRITE to the aether resonances (enchantment).

We reveal some occult information to help workshop attendees learn some basic self-hypnosis techniques. As a practical exercise, we will hypnotize the audience by audio and visual stimulation and deliver a state of the art (condensed matter theory based) explanation of e=mc2 while in a mild state of trance.

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

By registering for a workshop, you acknowledge that Moogfest may share your email address with the instructor for the purpose of planning and coordinating this event.   

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Marc Fleury

Marc Fleury was born and raised in Paris, France, where he discovered a passion for electronic music early on. As a solo artist, he embraces the more mature, cerebral, and avant-garde forms of electronic music. Currently based in the US, Marc focuses on playing rare modular synthesizers live, performing solo and delivering complex soundscapes and textures to accompany other artists and musicians. Marc has performed in the US and Europe... Read More →
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Sheba Love

In addition to his artistic work in electronic music, "Sheba" is also a board certified psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner, trained and certified in cognitive behavioral therapy by the grandfather of CBT himself, Dr. Aaron T. Beck, and is trained in guided meditation and hypnotherapy. He practices in Savannah, Georgia and lives a quiet and reclusive life with his wife and daughter. He often secretly uses hypnotherapy to render both of them... Read More →
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Uli Sigg

Uli Sigg has worked in a variety of media, including sculpture, installation, film, video, and photography, but he is also a curator and collector. He is co­founder of "bandbreite" a VJ collective in Cologne, Germany, and of "lsb_TV," a weekly Live-radio­/TV/­Internet­ show in Berlin. Uli is Director of Technology & Strategy of "BYFF," the Brighton Youth Film Festival. He has worked on Germany’s highest profile event... Read More →

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Technoshamanism

In regards to where he pulled his innovative ideas from, Bob Moog said, “Everything has some consciousness, and we tap into that. It’s about energy at its most basic level.” But how do we tune into that noosphere and bring next wave ideas to the fore? Who are the seers today, and how are they integrating technology into new “shamanic” practices in art and science? How do we understand rituals of trance in the context... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
21c Museum Hotel, Gallery 4 111 N. Corcoran St, Durham, NC 27701

11:00am

The Aloft Hotel Musical Playground
The Aloft Hotel Musical Playground is an immersive installation incorporating analog and digital instruments. Anyone can play, loop, record, and share their music.
Housed in a 24-foot geodesic dome, the Musical Playground will consist of several instruments by Critter and Guitari, as well as a host of sequencers, theremins, synthesizers, and pedals. The instruments are arranged in a circular configuration on a series of sculptural pedestals to prompt collaboration. All instruments are simultaneously powerful, playful, and intuitive. Speakers play back sounds for those in the tent. Attendees are able to build layers of sound, pass sounds from one another, play with resonance, invent new musical games, alter playback speed, and explore new harmonies. In the Musical Playground, the possibilities are endless.

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Critter & Guitari

Critter & Guitari designs and manufactures musical instruments and video synthesizers. After meeting in school, Critter & Guitari’s founders, Owen Osborn and Chris Kucinski, began playing music together. It wasn’t long before they started building musical instruments too. Their fascination with technology, materials and design led them down different creative avenues: producing interactive sculptures, developing commercial... Read More →
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George Langford

George Langford is one half of the eclectic collage-pop band Javelin. Signed to Luaka Bop, a world music label started by David Byrne, Javelin is known for its high-energy performances, left-field remixes and all over the map catalog. They are Moogfest alums, class of 2010. When not performing with the band, George is a commercial composer, music educator, apple farmer and close cohort of Critter & Guitari.
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Chris Powell

Christopher Powell (aka Pow Pow, aka PayPow, aka Powserati) is a self-taught rhythm scholar, producer, and beat-maker living in Philadelphia, PA.  As a main contributor in the Philadelphia art and sound collective Need New Body, which fused improvisation with popular song structures, Powell began a career of international recording and performance, creating music at the nexus of art and entertainment. Since 1999, he has collaborated... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 11:00am - 8:00pm
Diamond View Park 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701

12:00pm

Electronic Music for Children and Experimental Adults with DJ Lance Rock & Yo Gabba Gabba!: Meet and greet Plex & Muno
Moogfest celebrates young fans of electronic music, and invites both adults and children to experiment with new sounds.
Join DJ Lance Rock and Yo Gabba Gabba! at the American Tobacco Campus for an afternoon of music and conversation. Featuring DJ Nanny Cantaloupe, Bootsy Collins, Dorit Chrysler, Kate Stone, Malcolm Mooney, Mark Mothersbaugh, Van Partible.

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DJ Nanny Cantaloupe

Los Angeles native Mitchell Brown is a sound artist, an educator for children with developmental disabilities, a music label owner (Melon Expander) and a DJ (Nanny Cantaloupe) on radio stations KXLU and Dublab and in public. 15 years hosting KXLU's The Kids Are Alright program has further encouraged his life-long interest in collecting unique children's records. As a sound artist/musician/producer he utilizes analog and digital electronics... Read More →
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DJ Lance Rock & Yo Gabba Gabba!

Lance Robertson is a Los Angeles-based musician, DJ, and actor also known as "DJ Lance Rock" on the award-winning Nick Jr show, Yo Gabba Gabba! He has explored his interest in music (particularly electronic) through an internet radio show, club DJ gigs, and live concerts. Lance is thrilled to have the opportunity to combine his love of music with providing interesting, educational entertainment for children and their families, as he is curating a... Read More →

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Afrofuturism

Do androids dream of analog synths? Combining elements of science fiction, astral jazz, historical fiction, psychedelic hip hop, fantasy, and magic realism with non-Occidental cosmologies in order to critique not only the present-day dilemmas of the other, but also to revise, interrogate, and re-examine the historical events of the past. From the vibrant, frenetic canvases of Jean-Michel Basquiat to the extraterrestrial mythos of... Read More →
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STEAM

21st-century workers require skills that many of today’s graduates don’t have. Enter the STEM Education Plan: a strategy to strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math curricula across America. While industry remains tightly coupled with the STEM subjects, creative and applied arts are not always recognized for their role in catalyzing innovation. Today there is a movement to transform research policy to place Art + Design... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
American Tobacco Campus 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701

12:00pm

Music in the Brain
Limited Capacity full

How is your brain affected by music? How does your brain detect and represent music, distinguish music from other sounds, learn to perform and create music? Join this fascinating discussion about the effects of music on brain structure and function. This workshop highlights the intersection between artistic and scientific perspectives on this fundamental and aesthetic form of human expression.

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

By registering for a workshop, you acknowledge that Moogfest may share your email address with the instructor for the purpose of planning and coordinating this event.   

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Tobias Overath, Phd (Duke University)

Tobias Overath investigates how the brain processes sound—from very basic sound attributes such as pitch or timbre, to more complex signals such as speech—using a combination of behavioral, electrophysiological (M/EEG) and hemodynamic (fMRI) methods. He studied musicology and psychology at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany before moving across the Channel to earn an MSc in neuroscience at the University of Oxford, England. He... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
21c Museum Hotel, Gallery 6 111 N. Corcoran St, Durham, NC 27701

12:00pm

Future Projections: Memories of the Space Age - News From The Sun

FUTURE PROJECTIONS : NEWS FROM THE SUN

Brendan and Jeremy Smyth + Semiconductor + Rose Lowder + Louis Henderson + Doris Chase

“All the light in the universe had come to greet him, an immense congregation of particles.” – JG Ballard

From that fiery orb some 92.95 million miles away (Chase) comes an AV message of brilliant noise and plasmatic beauty, a broadcast echoed out through the kinetic vibrations of solar wind and rain (Semiconductor).  Traveling for eight minutes and 20 seconds through the inky darkness of our universe, this gift of light is absorbed so as to be shouted back out, finding its voice in the radical 16mm vibration of organic matter (Lowder) – of life itself.  Thus spoken, the trace of sun is turned to gold – interned in the earth’s crust where it awaits the hand of man - who in turn awaits his post-colonial revenge (Henderson).  Featuring the world premiere of NC-based filmmakers and programmers Brendan and Jeremy Smyth!

FEATURING:

News from the Sun by Brendan and Jeremy Smyth (3:00, video, 2106)

Brilliant Noise by Semiconductor (5:45, video, 2006)

Bouquets 21-30 by Rose Lowder (14:00, 16mm, 2005)

Lettres de Voyant by Louis Henderson (40:00, video, 2013)

Circles I by Doris Chase (6:45, 16mm, 1971)

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FUTURE PROJECTIONS is a 9-part screening program of short film and video work drawn from 125 years of techno-prophecy and oracular future-visions.  Taking its title from distopian sci-fi author JG Ballard’s short story collection of the same name, each program in Memories of the Space Age follows the thread of a different tale, tracing out a conceptual audiovisual line into the (im)possible horizons of our future planet(s) – an Earth vibrating under the heat of multiple suns, subject to the pull of infinite moons, and peopled by a population not unlike our own.  Herein are 45+ short films, videos and movies-with-live-soundtracks conjured forth by the most forward-thinking media artists of our time(s): from computer pioneers to mechanical futurists, FX wizards to analogue feedback architects, landscape holographers to post-human anthropologists, cyber-essayists to Uncanny Valley voyagers, cut-up creationists to magical (un)realists, and 16mm futurologists to digital humanists – Future Projections presents a kinetic and syncretic history of All That Is Yet To Be.

Highlights include an embedded 16mm tribute to the great musician and filmmaker Tony Conrad (RIP); two radical video synth landscapes by Montreal artist Sabrina Ratté; Japanese noise filmmaker Makino Takashi’s 3D-immersive Cinéma Concrete, late German essayist Harun Farocki’s videogame dissection Parallel I-IV, French avant-garde filmmaker Rose Lowder’s flicker tour-de-force Bouquets 21-30, Cauleen Smith’s Eternals-track’d Afrofuturist collage Songs for Earth and Folk, commissions of 9 new shorts by local and national filmmakers, and more!

FEATURING NEW COMMISSIONS BY: Alee Peoples + Bill Brown + Brendan and Jeremy Smyth + Edward Rankus + Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby + Ephraim Asili + Mary Helena Clark + Sabine Gruffat + Stephanie Barber

FEATURING FILMS / VIDEOS BY: Adam Beckett + Barbara Hammer + Basma Alsharif + Beatrice Gibson + Ben Rivers + Cauleen Smith + Chris Marker + David O’Reilly + Deborah Stratman + Doris Chase + Harun Farocki + Hollis Frampton + Jacolby Satterwhite + Jeremy Bailey + Jesse McLean + JJ Murphy + John Whitney + Lawrence Jordan + Lillian Schwartz +  Louis Henderson + Makino Takashi + Michael Robinson + Mike Stoltz + OJOBOCA + Peter Burr + Pierre Huyghe +  Rachel Rose + Rosa Barba +  Rose Lowder + Sabrina Ratté + Sara Magenheimer + Scott Bartlett + Semiconductor + Shambhavi Kaul + Tony Conrad + Wojciech Bakowski + Yuri Ancarani


With support from the Video Data Bank, www.vdb.org



Saturday May 21, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Carolina Theatre, Cinema 2 309 W Morgan St, Durham, NC 27701

12:00pm

Design Your Reality: Virtual Reality Prototyping
Limited Capacity full

Musician, designer, artist, fan—join us to find out about creating in a virtual reality environment. Armstrong and Ham quickly get you up to speed on the current state of VR and lead you in a hands-on exercise. Over the course of this workshop, participants prototype content using a simple physical kit and then experience their designs in 3D using an Oculus Rift. The workshop concludes with ideas for adding music and motion to your own VR creation. Find out what the buzz is really about through this practical workshop and lively follow-up discussion.

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

By registering for a workshop, you acknowledge that Moogfest may share your email address with the instructor for the purpose of planning and coordinating this event.   

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Derek Ham (NCSU College of Design)

Derek Ham, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at North Carolina State’s College of Design. His research interest spans the areas of game based learning, algorithmic thinking, and digital fabrication/making. He completed his doctoral work in Design Computation from MIT, holds a Master’s in Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Hampton University. In his work, he... Read More →
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Helen Armstrong (NCSU College of Design)

Helen Armstrong views design from across the spectrum of a practicing designer, a college professor and a published author. She is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at North Carolina State University. In addition to teaching, Armstrong works as principal of her company. Strong Design. Her clients have included Johns Hopkins, T. Rowe Price, US internetworking and Euler ACI. Her work has been recognized by Print and How Magazine and... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Smashing Boxes 359 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701

12:00pm

Moogfest Record Fair w/ All Day Records and Merge
20+ North Carolina record shops and dealers.

Saturday May 21, 2016 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Moogfest Record Fair 405 E Chapel Hill Street

12:00pm

Office Hours

Office Hours will be hosted by Moogfest talent, speakers and workshop facilitators. This is an opportunity for attendees (and other talent!) to continue conversations that were started on the stage. It is a space for networking, scheming, collaboration, and one-on-one access that would not otherwise be possible.

Saturday May 21, 2016 12:00pm - 6:00pm
21c Museum Hotel, Gallery 3 111 N. Corcoran St, Durham, NC 27701

12:00pm

The Exchange: Switchboard Synthesizers
The Exchange Project is an installation of repurposed antique manual telephone switchboards converted into a working modular synthesizer system, enabling the user to embody early telephone operator demoiselles at work; to see and touch audio pathways that networks of voices once travelled.

Antenes (Lori Napoleon) will reconstruct a manual telephone exchange office with a new functionality: patchable synth circuits housed in obsolete telephone switchboards. Inspired by how the inventions and uses of early telephony remain in today's instrument design, this project combines audio synthesis, sculpture, hacking and telephony. Modular synthesizers are enjoying a comeback as seen in the growth of manufacturers, kits, retail and online shops; The Exchange re-introduces a facet of audio history that traces its lineage back to the early telephone industry - reaching into these archives, traversing rural basements of telecom enthusiasts that house dusty, now non-functional relics, and brings them back to a life of patching signals that can be seen, felt, and heard. Antenes will perform daily at the Moog Fest and also provide an interactive demo and Q and A of the process. The conceptual impetus stems from the interplay of human operators with technology, exploring parallels between the musician, the technician, the worker, and the machine as living portal for content to pass. What makes an interface endure for over a century?

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Antenes

Antenes is a NYC-based DJ, producer, and electronics artist. She works in the tradition of object trouvé by following the lineage of synthesizer operation to vintage telephone equipment, and bringing them back to a life of patching signals by transforming them into her self-built laboratory of synthesizers and sequencers. Her solo production debut, The Track of a Storm vinyl EP on L.I.E.S., reveals three tracks of otherworldly techno... Read More →

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Hacking Sound (Systems)

The resurgence of a technological Maker Culture is undeniable, and Moogfest is a gathering for all those enthused by new tools for creative expression. This program includes a historical look at the evolution of dub reggae and home-made sound systems, radiating outwards from its native Jamaica. These artists and producers were hardware hackers, much like the creative technologists working on interactive sonic experiences and generative music... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 12:00pm - 6:00pm
The Carrack 111 W Parrish St, Durham, NC

12:15pm

Dub: History and Future
Limited Capacity full

Join Mad Professor, a pioneer of dub’s Joshua generation, for a history class. Learn how Dub and reggae originated; what reggae looks, sounds, and feels like in the UK; and what the future will bring to the genre. Mad Professor will also touch on Recording techniques, Black music in England in general, and show an example of a dub mix. At the end, he opens the floor to attendees from questions.

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

By registering for a workshop, you acknowledge that Moogfest may share your email address with the instructor for the purpose of planning and coordinating this event.   

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Mad Professor

Born in 1955, Mad Professor has been at the forefront of dub’s Joshua generation that followed pioneers Lee “Scratch” Perry and King Tubby. As a boy, Neil Joseph Stephen Fraser became known as Mad Professor due to his fascination with electronics. He emigrated from his native Guyana to London at age 13, and in the 70s recorded lovers rock artists such as fellow Guyanese Deborahe Glasgow. In the 1980s, Mad Professor released... Read More →

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avatar for Hacking Sound (Systems)

Hacking Sound (Systems)

The resurgence of a technological Maker Culture is undeniable, and Moogfest is a gathering for all those enthused by new tools for creative expression. This program includes a historical look at the evolution of dub reggae and home-made sound systems, radiating outwards from its native Jamaica. These artists and producers were hardware hackers, much like the creative technologists working on interactive sonic experiences and generative music... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 12:15pm - 1:45pm
21c Museum Hotel, Gallery 5 111 N. Corcoran St, Durham, NC 27701

12:30pm

Build Your Own Optoelectronic Sequencer with littleBits
Limited Capacity full

Come to this workshop and make your own table-top light sensitive synth and sequencer with littleBits electronic modules. One half player piano, one half drum machine, one half light Theremin – we construct a spinning sequencer that uses color and brightness to playback melodies and control synthesizers.

Beyond mere building, we also cover enough kinematics, optics, and music theory to get the most out of the machine – harmony, noise, beats, Bartok. Designed for all-ages replication, the sequencer uses only basic tools and commonly available materials, without requiring soldering or prior knowledge of electronics or audio.

At the conclusion the workshop, a set of littleBits modules is raffled off.

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

By registering for a workshop, you acknowledge that Moogfest may share your email address with the instructor for the purpose of planning and coordinating this event.  

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Ed Bear

Ed Bear is an American performing artist and engineer. His work with robotics, sound, video, transmission, and collective improvisation investigates the questionable calibration of perception. As an educator and designer committed to an open source world, he researches and practices material reuse as a civil responsibility.  | | He has toured extensively in North America and Europe as a performer and teacher, working... Read More →

Program Themes
avatar for Hacking Sound (Systems)

Hacking Sound (Systems)

The resurgence of a technological Maker Culture is undeniable, and Moogfest is a gathering for all those enthused by new tools for creative expression. This program includes a historical look at the evolution of dub reggae and home-made sound systems, radiating outwards from its native Jamaica. These artists and producers were hardware hackers, much like the creative technologists working on interactive sonic experiences and generative music... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duke I&E 215 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701

1:00pm

Soundwalk
Limited Capacity full

This excursion asks participants to become mindful to their sonic environment (or soundscape), whether indoors or out. The small group walks together while listening closely to their surroundings, considering all sounds as phenomena worthy of attention. As historian Emily Thompson notes, the soundscape is “simultaneously a physical environment and a way of perceiving that environment.” The walk lasts 30 minutes, with 15 minutes of discussion at the end.

** If you successfully register for this workshop, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Those not in attendance 5-minutes before the session begins, may forfeit their spot to the next person on the waitlist.

By registering for a workshop, you acknowledge that Moogfest may share your email address with the instructor for the purpose of planning and coordinating this event.   

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Anna Friz

Anna Friz got her start in campus/community radio at CiTR Vancouver in 1993. Since then she has created audio art and radiophonic works for extensive international broadcast, installation, or performance in more than 25 countries. She also creates dynamic, atmospheric compositions for theatre, dance, film, and solo performance equally able to reflect upon public media culture or to reveal expressive interior landscapes. Anna holds a Ph.D. in... Read More →

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Radio & the Radiophonic

“Radio” today describes an idea as much as any particular communications technology. It has been almost one hundred years since the first wireless broadcasts for entertainment, and radio seems livelier than ever: from AM, to FM, to HAM, to satellite, with internet streaming, apps and podcasts, this sound medium knows no bounds. So, what is radio today? And how has this technology sustained so much... Read More →