Moogfest is set to take place from May 17-20 in Durham, North Carolina and they have just announced that Kelea, Mouse On Mars, KRS-One, and Jon Hopkins will be leading the festival. Phase one of the Moogfest lineup was shared a while back and is made up of female transgender and non-binary artists. The festival has been going since 2004 and is the synthesis of music, art, and technology. The festival takes place in various venues across Durham and brings artists, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, scientists, and musicians together for a very unique event.
The festival has also announced the debut of A3, “a revolutionary 3D audio environment to power exclusive performances from nine artists under the festival’s Spatial Sound banner”. The large-scale performance venue will feature a 360-degree sound system that will allow artists to articulate sound from every angle.
‘GA Capacitor’ tickets are priced at $229 and grants access to all the festivals venues and limited capacity Workshops with RSVP only. ‘VIP Moogerfooger’ tickets are $499 and will get you priority access to venues and workshops. It will also get you access to the VIP lounge. Finally, the festivals ‘Engineer’ ticket is $1500 and is a “two-day synth-building workshop, led by Moog engineers, invites a select group of enthusiasts to build their very own unreleased Moog analog synthesizer. The workshop is conducted in two, multi-hour sessions”. Tickets can be purchased here.
All of the festivals ‘Future Thought Workshops and Conversations’ can be found below.
- Composer and sound artist Lauren Sarah Hayes of Arizona State will perform with hybrid analog and digital instruments, and conduct workshops on haptic sound controllers and how to create site-responsive sound environments.
- Hacking expert, trumpeter, and multimedia artist Sarah Belle Reid of CalArts will perform in addition to conducting a workshop on interactive synthesis and the use of microcontrollers to extract new sounds from pre-existing systems.
- NYU professor and electronic composer Elizabeth Hoffman leads a discussion on composing through empathetic and creative listening, as well as deconstructing the gendered voice.
- Data sonification expert and Penn State professor Mark Ballora will hold a workshop on how to generate sounds using data sets and use these results to creatively compose.
- Composer and sound designer Eric Marty of the University of Georgia will lead a workshop on integrating environmental sounds into new compositions using new technology.
- UCLA researcher and deejay Tiffany Naiman will guide attendees through workshops focused on the future of human diversity aimed at discovering the sonic alliances we can create with deaf and disabled musicians through technology.
- North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries will hold courses on developing a web-based programing language to create audio responsive 3D landscapes in a web browser for the novice and layman coder.
- SETI Institute researcher and University of the Underground founder Nelly Ben Hayoun will host “Designing the Impossible,” a discussion on the sociological impact of new technologies, and the potential for innovation within multidisciplinary conflict.
- Henry Ford Museum curator Kristen Gallerneaux will give a lecture on curatorial strategies for old technologies and their contemporary artistic applications.
- Google Brain Magenta engineer Adam Roberts will hold a talk on exploring the creative potential of machine learning.
- Duke University professor and dance historian Thomas DeFrantz and Duke’s Bass Connections project will hold a “Visualizing Energy through Live Performance” workshop.
- Virginia Tech creative technologist George Hardebeck will conduct a workshop on using GPU acceleration to enhance video and image processing.
- UNC-Chapel Hill ethnomusicologist Mark Katz will moderate a panel of global hip-hop artists on overcoming their nations’ free speech restrictions through technology.
- SAS developer Elliot Inman will lead workshops on building 8-bit wavetable circuits and using Audacity to develop imaginary soundscapes.
- Meyer Sound and Virginia Tech will lead daily workshops in the A3 to show the audio technology behind the system.
Adam Roberts, Aisha Devi, Alexandre Bazin, Alex Zhang Hungtai, Amber Mark, Annie Hart, Armen Ra, Aurora Halal, Author & Punisher, Bonaventure, Carla Dal Forno, Caterina Barbieri, Chelsea Manning, Cura Machines, DJ Haram, DJ Stingray, Elizabeth Hoffman, Ellen Allien, Elliot Inman, Emily Sprague, Emptyset, Eric Marty, Ezra Miller, Fatima Al Qadiri, Fawkes, Gabriel Andruzzi, Gareth Jones, Gavin Rayna Russom, George Hardebeck, Georgia, Ghostdad, Helena Hauff, Helen Money, Honey Dijon, Jamila Woods, Jenny Hval, J Rocc, Jon Hopkins, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Katie Gately, Kelela, Kristen Gallerneaux, KRS-One, Kyoka, Lauren Hayes, Lawrence Rothman, LAYNE, Liam Byrne, Little Boots, Madame Gandhi, Maliibu Miitch, Mark Ballora, Mark Katz, Midori Takada, Mouse on Mars, Nadia Sirota, Nicole Mitchell, Nick Hook, Nihal Mehta, Nelly Ben Hayoun, Noncompliant, ONO, Pamelia Stickney, Psychic TV, Rainer Kohlberger, Sarah Reid, Sassy Black, Shabazz Palaces, Shanti Celeste, Smerz, Sonic Robots, Spank Rock, Stud1nt, Suicideyear, Suzanne Ciani, Tess Roby, Thomas F. DeFrantz, Tiffany Naiman, NCSU Libraries, Torres, Umfang, Upper Glossa, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Waajeed, Wes Borland, Yves Tumor