April 25-27, 2014
Moogfest is the annual event honoring the remarkable vision of Robert Moog and his amazing musical inventions that changed the course of music. During the festival, Moogfest hosts artists and audiences from throughout the world, featuring many electronic music acts, workshops, panels, films and more.
Moogfest has been held in the fall in 2010-2012. It's taking a break in 2013 to revamp the festival and move it to the spring for 2014! Organizers have been quietly re-tooling festival, including designing a new logo, to better reflect Moog’s culture of creativity, technology, and musical innovation.
The new springtime dates for Moogfest 2014 allow for daytime programming in which the intersection of music and technology will be showcased against the backdrop of the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains. "Moogfest is not just about Moog or music, it's about celebrating the creative, forward-thinking spirit of both Bob and the city of Asheville. We'll shine a light on inventors, new media artists, circuit benders, programmers, and people with ideas that could change the way we experience music, art and performance." said Emmy Parker, Moog's Senior Brand Manager. The additional programming will compliment Moogfest's tradition of leading edge musical performances from a line-up that pays homage to the early pioneers of electronic music, established giants and the artists pushing musical expression forward today.
Past Moogfest performers include Keith Emerson, Orbital, Thomas Dolby, M83, Massive Attack, Tangerine Dream, Amon Tobin, St. Vincent, Richie Hawtin, Squarepusher, Bernie Worrell, Flying Lotus, The Flaming Lips, Terry Riley, Richard Devine, Roedelius, Hot Chip, and many others.
The company founded by synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog, hand builds electronic musical instruments in their downtown Asheville factory. You can visit The Moog Store there throughout the year to get hands on with the instruments or set up a factory tour for the full Moog Experience. Store hours are Monday-Friday 10 AM-6 PM and free tours available Monday-Friday, 10 AM-3 PM. Click here to go to the Moog Store Web site.
While the wide range of Moog instruments – the Minimoog Voyager, the Little Phatty, the Etherwave Theremin, Moogerfoogers, and the new Moog Guitar – play prominent roles throughout the festival’s events, the artists performing will certainly not be limited to those who create their work on Moog instruments. Instead, artists will be chosen for their role in creating unique and groundbreaking musical experiences that embody the essence of Bob Moog’s visionary and creative spirit.
The Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit is held in the fall.
About Robert Moog
When Bob Moog invented the Moog synthesizer in 1964 he revolutionized popular music. His creations touched thousands of lives as synthesizers gained acceptance in the music world and became the catalyst for new forms of sonic expression. Genre-definers like The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Pink Floyd, Parliament & Funkadelic and Kraftwerk used Moog synthesizers to create the soundtrack to the second half of the 20th Century. Today, over 50 years later, Moog instruments help create the sound of the new millennium in the hands of innovative artists like Daft Punk, MGMT, Gorillaz, Radiohead, and U2 to name a few. Moog has become an icon for his unique combination of technical brilliance, creative curiosity, and generosity of spirit. Though he has left us, his enormous legacy still resonates, having irreversibly changed the sonic landscape of the world. Quite simply, modern music would not be the same without Bob Moog.
Although he passed away in 2005, Moog’s spirit lives on with Moog Music, a company he originally formed in 1954 under the name R.A. Moog (the name changed in 1972). Moog Music is still producing technologically groundbreaking instruments that help create music that could not otherwise exist without them, making instruments so unique that they represent a genre of their own: Moog Music. Located in Asheville, where Bob Moog spent much of his later life, Moog Music continues to be the leading producer of synthesizers, analog musical instruments and effects pedals. Moog’s push for innovation permeates the entire culture of Moog Music: in 2008 the company produced the Moog Guitar, garnering several industry awards from top publications like Guitar Player and Popular Science. More importantly, it has inspired players to reach additional creative heights and opened the door to new forms of expression with a stringed instrument.