Moogfest Unveils a Luminous Daytime Program Line-up

March 31, 2016 -

Milli Encarnacion

Expand your technical intellect at Moogfest. The festival explores new technologies pushing the boundaries of creativity, and it's just announced a hefty daytime line-up. Immerse yourself with artist conversations, workshops, installations, and film screenings during each of the festival's four days, then loosen up as the nighttime events take over in the evenings. Moogfest takes place in Durham, North Carolina, from May 19-22.

As an additional announcement, Moogfest adds to the excitement for the festival with _substrate, a program that turns the Moogfest website into an instrument. Created in collaboration with The Haxan Cloak and Smashing Boxes, _substrate allows fans to manipulate individual audio tracks by swiping, tapping, and clicking the screen, resulting in an original audio and 3D visual experience. Watch a tutorial on how to use _substrate here.

Moogfest celebrates the legacy of engineer Bob Moog by combining the inspiring worlds of a tech conference and a music festival into one unique experience. The New York Times calls it a "a sci-fi dance party with a Ph.D. in STEM," and rightfully so: this year the festival will gather more than 250 technologists, musicians, and artists, in an effort to explore the lengths of technology as it marries with creativity. Grimes, ODESZA, and Ryan Hemsworth are part of a growing line-up of performers; visionaries Dr. Martine Rothblatt, Neil Harbisson, and Jaron Lenier, to name a few, will lead a plethora of conversations and workshops.

See the daytime program line-up below.

[All words below courtesy of Moogfest.]

Evening headliners will participate in a range of daytime programs including master classes that take audiences deep inside the artist’s creative process, workshops, conversations, film screenings, and improvisational performances. Highlights include:

- GZA will discuss Time Traveling with Hip Hop in a conversation moderated by Duke University Professor of Black Popular Culture, Mark Anthony Neal.

- Reggie Watts, Tyondai Braxton, Mykki Blanco will discuss Afrofuturism, which combines elements of science fiction, astral jazz, historical fiction, psychedelic hip hop, fantasy, and magic realism in order to critique not only the present-day dilemmas but also to re-examine the historical events of the past.

- Odesza will take apart one of the their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how it was made in a live recording of Song Exploder, the hit podcast hosted by Hirishikesh Hirway.

- Mad Professor will host a Workshop on the History and Future of Dub and also join with Ras Kush, Tippy and Lister for Reggae Hacker Soundsystem, a conversation exploring the evolution of dub and home-made sound system culture, radiating outwards from its native Jamaica.

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- The Future of Our Species Cyborg artist Neil Harbisson joins Pau Riba, BJ Murphy, Rich Lee, and Daniel Lock to discuss how humans are taking an active part in their own biological evolution. By becoming technology, instead of using or wearing technology, humans are opening up the possibility of having additional organs and senses beyond the ones confined to our species.

- Creating Music Tech with Kickstarter Nick Yulman, curator of Kickstarter’s Design and Technology categories, will share some innovative music tech projects that have come to life with the help of the platform’s community, which allows instrument creators to test ideas and get feedback from music makers as part of an open development process.

- "Technoshamanism: A Very Psychedelic Century!" Paleo-ecologist turned multimedia performer Michael Garfield will take festival-goers on a playful, deep discussion on the new technologies that are dissolving boundary between the "made" and "born," the "natural" and "artificial."  – and how the indigenous medicine traditions are just what are required to navigate this brave new digital society.


- Virtual Reality Prototyping with North Carolina State University NCSU’s Derek Ham and Helen Armstrong will lead a hands-on workshop on Virtual Reality where participants will prototype content using a simple physical kit and then experience their designs in 3D using an Oculus Rift.

- Video Synthesis + Collaboration with Undervolt & Co Undervolt & Co., the independent online artist-run distributor of time-based art, leads a collaborative video-making workshop providing participants with the opportunity to learn the basics of modular analog video synthesizers in a creative play space.

Hypnotique Sceance The Church of Space in association with Poèmes Électroniques, will guide participants to explore modern magic theory, based on the latest research in brain science and quantum mechanics, by entering a mild state of trance via audio and visual stimulation.

Film Fest

- “Future Projections: Memories of the Space Age” 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. Curated by Ben Russell, including Adam Beckett, Barbara Hammer, Beatrice Gibson, Ben Rivers, Cauleen Smith, Chris Marker, Deborah Stratman, Fernand Léger, Harun Farocki, JJ Murphy, Jesse McLean, Louis Henderson, Making Takashi, Michael Robinson, Mike Stoltz, OJOBOCA, Peter Burr, Rachel Rose, Rosa Barba, Rose Lowder, Sara Magenheimer, Scott Bartlett, Shambhavi Kaul, Shirley Clarke, Tony Conrad, Yuri Ancarani

- "The Three Grace(s) triptych" Screening and live score by ADULT Detroit electronic duo ADULT will be presenting a unique presentation of original film and live soundtrack performance. The Three Grace(s) triptych chronicles the two year affair of artists/musicians Nicola Kuperus & Adam Lee Miller.

- “Crocodile Gennadiy” Screening and Q&A The documentary, featuring a score by The Haxan Cloak and Academy Award-winner Atticus Ross (The Social Network), will be screened and followed by a conversation with The Haxan Cloak and musician Leopold Ross.

Tickets are available here.

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