Moogfest Locks Down Plan

The annual celebration of Dr. Robert Moog’s synthesizer legacy will feature music along with keynote speakers, workshops and even a Theremin installation.  With an artist lineup including two nights of Kraftwerk plus Keith Emerson, Pet Shop Boys and Chic feat. Nile Rodgers, single day tickets go on sale Wednesday.

Photo: Steffen Rikenberg Photography
Oya Festival, Middelalderparken, Oslo, Norway

There’s a lot to like at Moogfest in Asheville, N.C., April 23-27.  The music is spread out over 10 venues during the evenings while the days deliver blow-your-mind conversations, experimentations and collaborations featuring the uber-creative with tech leaders happening in seven venues across downtown Asheville.  Included are The Simpsons’ and Futurama’s David X. Cohen, Janelle Monae, and improvised performances by Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Nick Zinner, Bradford Cox and Dan Deacon.

But wait, there’s more.  Digging into Moogfest’s brain trust reveals the festival hosting tech wizards from Google, MIT Media Labs and more.

And don’t forget about the theremin installation, a reminder that music synthesizers have their roots in Léon Theremin’s wonderful invention.

Here’s the plan:

Wednesday, April 23

Odd Harmonics / UM Project
Theremin installation
Dorit Chrysler performance

Night: Pet Shop Boys, Flying Lotus, EL-P, Soul Clap, Slow Hands, No Regular Play, Nick Monaco, C Powers

Photo: AP Photo / Felix Marquez
Cumbre Tajin, Parque Takilhsukut, Papantla de Olarte, Mexico

Thursday April 24

Future Keynote: Nick Bostrom
The Electric Lady: Janelle Monae
Make Magazine: Mark Frauenfelder, Forrest Mims, Nicolas Collins, Tom Zimmerman, Drew Blanke, Jay Silver
Eyeo: Scott Snibbe, John Keston, Yoon Chung Han, Yuri Suzuki
The Electric Lady: Janelle Monae, Chuck Lighting, Nate Rocket Wonder
Sonification and Cybernetics: Bruce Walker, Neil Harbisson,
Pioneers Of Electronic Music Instruments: David Borden, Tom Oberheim
Durational Performance: Nick Zinner/Bradford Cox, Hisham Bharoocha
Odd Harmonics/UM Project: Theremin installation, Dorit Chrysler performance
Hans Fjellestad: Moog 10th anniversary screening with Hans Fjellestad

Night: Kraftwerk, Keith Emerson, Bernie Worrell Orchestra, Audion, Sasha, Tiga, Green Velvet, Com Truise (DJ), Shigeto, Adult., Art Department, Teengirl Fantasy, Nitin, Louie Fresco, Eric Volta, Jimmy Edgar, Ejecta, Wolf Eyes, Black Dice, Dan Deacon, Yacht, The Jellyrox, Tin Foil Hat, Hello Hugo, Aligning Minds, Noah Wall, North Americans, Eaters, Megafortress, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Ataxia

Friday, April 25
Future Keynote: Jerome Glenn
Sounds Of Space: Bill Kurth, Charles Lindsay
Hackathon Winner
MIT Media Lab: Joe Paradiso

Kill Screen: Jamin Warren, Daedalus, Gretta Cohn, Karla Zimonja, Matt Boch, Robin Arnott, Matthew Lee Johnston
Future Instruments: Herb Deutsch From Moog to Mac, Dave Tompkins Vocoder, Malcolm Cecil
Pioneers Of Electronic Musical Instruments: Dave Smith, Roger Linn
Durational Performance: Gavin Russom, Hisham Bharoocha
Odd Harmonics/UM Project: Theremin installation, Dorit Chrysler performance
Giorgio Moroder: Scarface screening
Lucky Dragons: workshop
Gray Area Art & Technology: workshop
Moog Yoga

Night: Kraftwerk, Giorgio Moroder, Moderat, Dillon Francis, Qtip, Riff Raff, Egyptian Lover, Gent & Jawns, Lapalux, Daedelus, Tokimonsta, The Gas Lamp Killer, Pattern, Clark – Phosphor Live, Darkstar, Mike Simonetti, Bottin, Thugfucker, Metro Area, Keith Kemp, Erika, Reference – Live, Mike Huckaby, Razor & Blade, In Plain Sight, Earthtone Soundsystem, Krl & Sensoma

Photo: Erik Voake
Hard Summer Festival, Los Angeles, Calif.

Saturday, April 26
Future Keynote: George Dvorsky
Niles Rodgers
Giorgio Moroder: Dave Tompkins
Google Creatives: Ryan Germick, Aaron Koblin, Alexander Chen, Leon Hong, Ralph Levien
Music Through Design + Tech: Willo Perron, David Wexler, Alex Lieu, Aaron Koblin, Julia Kaganskiy
Afropunk: The Tryptich screening, Greg Tate, Sanford Biggers, Saul Williams
Omni’s Art For Extraterrestrials: Claire Evans, Martine Syms, Neal Reinhalda, King Britt, Doug Vakoch
Pioneers Of Electronic Music Instruments: Don Buchla, Dave Smith + Roger Linn
Moog Futures: Cyril Lance, Peter Kirn, Jesper Kouthoofd
Durational Performance: Dan Deacon, Hisham Bharoocha
Odd Harmonics/ UM Project: Theremin installation, Dorit Chrysler performance
I Dream Of Wires: Jason Amm, Robert Fantinatto
Cliff Martinez: Drive and Solaris screening
Lucky Dragons workshop
Gray Area Art & Technology workshop
Moog Yoga

Night: Chic Feat. Nile Rodgers, M.I.A., Zeds Dead, RJD2, Mark Farina, Machinedrum Vapor Space, Live, Saul Williams, Escort, The Crystal Ark, Museum of Love, Factory Floor, Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, Kaytranada, Hieroglyphic Being, Craig Leon – Nommos Live, Holly Herndon, Blondes, Publicist, Les sins, Gordon Voidwell, LE1F, Bombassic, The Volt Per Octaves, Brett Rock, DLX, Two Fresh, Eliot Lipp, Heads On Sticks, Body Games, RBTS Win, Marley Carroll, Higher Learning

Photo: Joel Ryan / Invision / AP
BRIT Awards, The O2, London, UK

Sunday, April 27
Futurama and The Simpsons: Simon Singh, David X. Cohen, Stewart Burns, Jeff Westbrook, Ken Keeler
Odd Harmonics / UM Project: Theremin installation
I Dream Of Wires screening
Gray Area Art & Technology workshop
Moog Yoga

Night: Nick Catchdubs, Treasure Fingers, Just Blaze, Salva

Single day tickets go on sale March 12. Visit for everything you need to know.