Grimes and Miike Snow will join more than 250 of the world’s most forward-thinking musicians, artists, and technologists — from GZA, Gary Numan, and Blood Orange to virtual-reality pioneer Jaron Lanier, transhumanist visionary Dr. Martine Rothblatt, and cyborg activist Neil Harbisson – for Moogfest 2016.
Initial roster of artists and innovators that will be collaborating with Moogfest on art installations, exhibits, discussions, and workshops includes Research Triangle Park, MIT Media Lab, Google, IDEO, EYEO, Gray Area Art & Technology Center, NEW INC at The New Museum, Duke University, IBM’s DJ Watson, Burt’s Bees, and Kickstarter.
Hailed by The New York Times for “its mom-and-pop technosophy and its insistence on immersive experiences in small, comfortable spaces,” Moogfest stands out from other festivals thanks to a distinctive format where many headlining artists not only perform in the evening, but also join conversations and lead participatory workshops during the day. By putting a premium on experimentation, collaboration, multi-night residencies, and newly commissioned work, Moogfest is an incubator for world-premiere and one-time-only performances and art installations that festival-goers will not experience anywhere else.
Evening headline performances by synth-pop auteur, Grimes; avant pop trio, Miike Snow;and sets by Black Madonna, invigorating a Moogfest dance floor with her singular blend of Chicago house, techno and disco; Skepta, UK’s king of grime, bringing his much-lauded A/V show; Health and their onslaught of epic noise rock; the electro-pop savvy dance tunes of Bob Moses; Patricia with a live performance of techno produced on eurorack modular synths;Eyes Low for that home-grown, hard, and dirty brand of North Carolina dance music; and artists Morton Subotnik and Sarah Davachi join Alessandro Cortini and Suzanne Ciani in a special concert to celebrate the pioneering work of Don Buchla.
Daytime performances will include Erika Anderson, the performer known as EMA, headlining one of the Durationals (a daily series of extended performances co-presented by experimental video label Undervolt & C), while Grammy Award-nominee tAz Arnold will lead a guided music meditation at Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art.
Art Installations & Experiences
The Research Triangle Park, a Moogfest 2016 Presenting Sponsor, will host Convergence, a striking visual workspace (by art & design collective Floating Point) and interactive conversation series that will inspire collaboration and dialogue between art, sound, science, and technology enthusiasts and demonstrate how the convergence of creative minds can build a vibrant future for cities, ecologies, and communities worldwide.
Exhibits and workshops by members of The New Museum’s NEW INC, the world’s first museum-led incubator for creative practitioners working in the areas of art, technology, and design.
WiFi Whisperer, an installation by world-renowned media artist Kyle McDonald made possible byMcKinney, will “listen” to leaky data from festival-goers’ devices to create stunning data visualizations and ambient soundscapes and melodies.
Antenes will repurpose old telephone switchboards into working modular synthesizers. For this first-ever exhibition at the Carrack in Durham, Lori Napoleon will transform the entire space into a manual telephone exchange office, combining audio synthesis, sculpture, hacking, and telephony.
Sounds from the Burt’s Bees hives will inspire an extraordinary sound-art installation at the American Tobacco Campus, a redeveloped former tobacco company site that is home to American Underground, a hub for more than 240 startups, investors, and more
Throughout the day, the rarest and largest collection of Buchla synthesizers will be exhibited in the foyer of the Durham Arts Council.
Released in concert with Moogfest’s expanded lineup announcement is “Translational Drifts: Volume 2,” a free digital EP series featuring Moogfest artists – past, present and future. Calling on five contemporary Moogfest artists to remix covers of tracks by seminal electronic musicians, Volume 2 spotlights the sonic collaboration and creative cross-pollination that is central to Moogfest’s diverse lineup.
Rhythm czar Afrikan Sciences restructures Dan Deacon’s interpretation of Brian Eno’s “1/1” with an afro-futuristic swing. Dark drone diviner The Haxan Cloak conjures a dense electrical storm aroundMoses Sumney’s glossy rendition of Laurie Anderson’s ‘O Superman’. Karen Gwyer focuses her personal brand of cosmic techno, constructing an intricate collage from ADULT’s cover of Pet Shop Boy’s “Shopping”. Slipping as easily into grooves as it does out of them, Nosaj Thing endeavors a sparse yet sensual remix of Grammy-nominated producer tAz Arnold‘s adaptation of Kraftwerk’s ‘The Telephone Call’.
Festival Pass $249
General Admission for the duration of the event, May 19-22. Access to all festival venues for performances and conference programming: conversations, workshops, and installations.
VIP Festival Pass $499
VIP access for the duration of the event, May 19-22. *Priority access to all festival venues for performances and conference programming: conversations, workshops, and installations. Access to exclusive VIP viewing areas and VIP/artist events. Gift bag. Complimentary food and drink in select locations. Passes available for pick-up at your hotel. Special merch deals. More perks to be announced. *Subject to capacity and based on first come first served
Engineer VIP $1,000
This two-day synth-building workshop, led by Moog engineers, invites a select group of enthusiasts to build 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. Participants in the Engineering workshop also have VIP access for the duration of the event, May 19-22. *Priority access to all festival venues for performances and conference programming: conversations, workshops, and installations. Access to exclusive VIP viewing areas and VIP/artist events. Gift bag. Complimentary food and drink in select locations. Passes available for pick-up at your hotel. Special merch deals. More perks to be announced. *Subject to capacity and based on first come first served.
*all prices exclusive of applicable fees
*Complete alphabetized list of talent below.
A growing list of participants include: Actress, ADULT., Alessandro Cortini, Afrikan Sciences, Amos Gaynes, Angus Taylor, Anna Friz, Antenes, Arthur Russell’s Instrumentals, Ben Frost, Ben Russell, Bicep, The Black Madonna, Blazer Soundsystem, Blood Orange, Bob Moses, The Body, Bootsy Collins, Christian Rich, Chuck Lightning, Daniel Bachman, Daniel Lanois, Dave Tompkins, Darwin, David Katz, Dawn of Midi, Dawn Richard, Daye Jack, Demo Taped, Dennis Bovell, Denzel Curry, DJ Harvey, DJ Lance Rock & Yo Gabba Gabba, DJ Nanny Cantaloupe, Dorit Chrysler, Earthly, EMA, Emma Coats, Empress Of, Explosions in the Sky, Eyes Low, Floating Points, Gary Numan, Gil Weinberg & Shimon, Germick Brothers, Greg Fox, Grimes, Grouper, Gwenno, GZA, Hanz, The Haxan Cloak, Health, Heathered Pearls, Hieroglyphic Being, Hundred Waters, I Speak Machine, Jaakko Eino Kalevi, Jaron Lanier, Jeff Kolar, Jlin, Jon Wiley, Julia Holter, Juliana Huxtable, Julianna Barwick, Justin Grotelueschen, Kaitlin Prest, Karen Gwyer, Kate Stone, King Mez, Kode9, Kristen Gallerneaux, Kyle Hall, Kyle McDonald, Larry Gus, Laurel Halo, Laurent “Tippy” Alfred, Laurie Anderson, Leopold Ross, Lister Hewan-Lowe, Lotic, Lunice, M. Geddes Gengras, Mac McCaughan, Mad Professor, Made of Oak, Manuel Clement, Mark Mothersbaugh, Dr. Martine Rothblatt, Miike Snow, Mike Dean, Modular on the Spot, Morton Subotnik, Moses Sumney, Mykki Blanco, Neil Harbisson, No Effects with Jesse Cohen, ODESZA, Olivia Block, Oneohtrix Point Never, Onyx Ashanti, The Orb, Patricia, Paula Temple, Professor Toon, Qrion, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Rabit, RBTS Win, Reggie Watts, Rich Vreeland, Rick Smith, Rival Consoles, Robert Hood, Robert Rich, Ryan Germick, Ryan Hemsworth, Sam Conran, Sarah Davachi, Scott McCloud, Shallou, Shani Aviram, Sharon Mashihi, Silver Apples, Son Lux, Song Exploder with Hrishikesh Hirway, Sun Ra Arkestra,sunn O))), Susan Kare, Suzanne Ciani, Tim Hecker, Toby Heys, Tod Machover, tAz Arnold, Tory Lanez, Trandle, Tyondai Braxton, UV boi, Van Partible, Veronica Vasicka, Via App, Well$, YACHT, Zombi