Nine artists present new, live experiences within a revolutionary audio installation. Durational performances by Wes Borland, Gareth Jones and Nick Hook, and members of Bedroom Community. Workshops and conversations feature scholars from leading research institutions around the country. Engineer pass holders will build a new Moog Synthesizer, the unreleased Sub-Harmonicon.
Durham, N.C.– Phase Two of Moogfest’s 2018 programming includes a slate of rare appearances, mind-expanding masterclasses, workshops, and keynotes, plus the debut of A3, a revolutionary 3D audio environment to power exclusive performances from nine artists under the festival’s Spatial Sound banner. Moogfest takes place May 17-20 at various venues throughout Durham.
Heading up this year’s lineup are German post-techno pathfinders Mouse on Mars (two performances); R&B visionary Kelela; Boogie Down Productions cofounder KRS-One; and resurgent English producer Jon Hopkins (two performances). Joining them in Phase Two are industrial music iconoclast Author & Punisher; synth pioneer Suzanne Ciani; DJ Stingray, former DJ for legendary techno group Drexciya; electropop diva Little Boots (two performances); afrofuturist hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces; Genesis P-Orridge’s experimental video and music ensemble Psychic T.V.; Bedroom Community founder Valgeir Sigurðsson with labelmate Liam Byrne; genre-defying Detroit producer Waajeed; and the apocalyptic vision of found-sound collagist Yves Tumor.
Also announced as a part of Phase Two are former Rapture multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Andruzzi, who will host daily Sound Baths, as well as Alexandre Bazin, Wes Borland, Cura Machines, Aisha Devi, Emptyset, Georgia, Helena Hauff, Alex Zhang Hungtai, Gareth Jones and Nick Hook, J Rocc, ONO, Tess Roby, Smerz, Suicideyear, and Torres.
Tech entrepreneur Nihal Mehta of Eniac Ventures joins American Underground’s Doug Speight for a dialogue on the value of diversity in tech, highlighting Durham’s commitment to multiculturalism. Additionally, Ezra Miller and Ghostdad, who created the stunning graphics for Porter Robinson’s “Worlds” tour, will present a masterclass on visual design with Berlin-based artist Rainer Kohlberger.
“We’re very excited to share Phase Two of this year’s lineup, featuring stellar artists and thought leaders like Kelela, Mouse on Mars, KRS-One, Suzanne Ciani, Nihal Mehta, Kristen Gallerneaux, Lauren Sarah Hayes, and many others,” Festival Director Parag Bhandari wrote in an email. “Stay tuned for more additions in the coming weeks.”
About A3 (Audio Cubed) and Spatial Sound
Built within the Durham Armory, a large-scale performance venue in downtown Durham, A3 hosts an immersive 360-degree sound system with 24 independent sources, making it the most advanced sonic environment of its size for popular applications. Within the space, performers can articulate sound from every angle, enveloping the listener within an elevated multi-sensory experience. A3 at Moogfest 2018 is made possible through close collaboration with Meyer Sound and Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology.
To demonstrate the vast potential within A3, Moogfest has enlisted a diverse array of artists to customize new performances to its capabilities. These artists have been working with engineers and specialists from Virginia Tech and Meyer Sound, both in-person and remotely, to dovetail their live experiences with this enhanced technical environment. In addition to previously announced artists Jenny Hval and Aurora Halal, new Spatial Sound additions include Mouse on Mars, who will feature the interactive creations of robotics designer Sonic Robots, with special guest Spank Rock; Suzanne Ciani, who returns with LAYNE to premiere her live score of the 1920 German horror classic, “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,” in quadraphonic sound and beyond; Valgeir Sigurðsson, who will perform his 2017 release “Dissonance” alongside Liam Byrne; and Yves Tumor, who will unveil a new audio-visual show with a live visual mix by designer Ezra Miller. Shabazz Palaces, Author & Punisher, and Waajeed round out the artists commissioned for the Spatial Sound program.
Through impulse response measurements and a mathematical convolution operation, Virginia Tech’s engineers have measured the most finite details of the Armory’s acoustic environment to produce a virtual recreation of the venue within The Cube, the university’s massive, four-story data research facility. In advance of their performance, participating artists will work with researchers, both in-person and remotely, to explore the technical limits of the spatial environment.
Future Thought Workshops and Conversations
Moogfest is well known for its array of workshops conducted over the course of the festival by performers, creatives, and pioneering educators. This year, we’re proud to share the following presenters from renowned educational and academic institutions, with more to be announced including Future Thought workshops from the musicians announced today.
- 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.
- New York University 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.
- University of California, Los Angeles 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 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 the 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.
- University North Carolina 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.
Engineering Workshop and Ticketing Details
Moogfest Engineer pass holders participate in an annual, two-day workshop where they build their own rare and unreleased synthesizers. This year, they’ll be the first to own the Sub-Harmonicon, “a semi-modular harmonic kaleidoscope that divides into itself until everything that is up becomes down,” inspired by the Trautonium, the Rhythmicon, and the Schillinger System.
Last year, participants built the DFAM, which went into full production earlier this year. Engineer Passes are available on an extremely limited basis for $1500 plus fees. General Admission and VIP passes are also available for $229 and $499 respectively, plus fees. Additionally, Moogfest and the Art of Cool Festival will be announcing a special collaboration for 2018. Details to be revealed soon.
Moogfest 2018 is presented by United Therapeutics, American Underground, and Moog Music Inc., with support from the County of Durham, Guitar Center, Lyft, Fidelity Investments, Reverb, Blizzard Lighting, Bull Durham Beer, and Izotope. For more information, visit moogfest.com.
Moogfest 2018 Lineup | Phase 1 + 2
Kelela | Mouse on Mars | KRS-One | Chelsea Manning | Jon Hopkins
Alex Zhang Hungtai
Author & Punisher
Carla Dal Forno
Fatima Al Qadiri
Gavin Rayna Russom
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
Nelly Ben Hayoun
Thomas F. DeFrantz
Moogfest is the synthesis of music, art and technology. Since 2004, Moogfest has brought together artists, futurist thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, scientists and musicians. By day, Moogfest is a platform for conversation and experimentation. By night, Moogfest presents cutting-edge music in venues throughout the city. This mind-expanding conference attracts creative and technology enthusiasts for four days of participatory programming in Durham, North Carolina. Performing artists include early pioneers in electronic music, alongside pop and avant-garde experimentalists of today.
All ticket types below are available for purchase now HERE.
Engineer Festival Pass (limited quantity) – $1500
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. The workshop is conducted in two, multi-hour sessions. No experience necessary, but basic soldering knowledge is recommended. Participants in the Engineering workshop also receive priority access to select festival venues, exclusive events and gift bag. Workshops are available via capacity-limited RSVP. Engineer Festival Pass holders receive first priority selection on a limited basis. Engineer Festival Passes available for a limited time, while supplies last. Scheduling of Engineer Workshops are prioritized by the order of purchase. Purchase the Moogfest 2018 Engineer Pass