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Moogfest Announces Full Schedule for Next Month's Festival

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We're about five weeks away from Moogfest's inaugural installment in Durham, and this morning, the festival at last announced its full schedule of workshops and performances—and their respective venues.

The Carolina Theatre will host some of the bigger shows, of course, including Explosions in the Sky, Oneohtrix Point Never, and an afternoon performance from Laurie Anderson. The famously loud Sunn O))) will also perform there.

You'll be able to dance along to DJs at The Durham Armory, and enjoy Julia Holter, The Body, Kyle Hall, Paula Temple, and others at The Pinhook. Local rappers Well$, King Mez, and Professor Toon will all perform at Motorco, as well as Denzel Curry, Gary Numan, GZA, and more. Motorco will also have an outdoor, parking-lot stage featuring Blood Orange, Odesza, Miike Snow, and Dawn across the weekend.

As for the festival's daytime lectures and workshops, those will be held all over downtown, including the 21c Gallery, Durham Arts Council, and American Underground.

You can check out the schedule here, view a map of the venues here, learn more about the festival's daytime programming here, and read the full schedule announcement below.


Durham, North Carolina (April 12, 2016)—Moogfest 2016 today unveiled the full schedule for the expansive four-day festival. Exploring the future of technology, art, and music, the festival includes more than 300 musical performances, daytime workshops, conversations, masterclasses, film screenings, live scores, durational sound installations, and multiple interactive art experiences.

The full schedule can be found online at:

Moogfest celebrates the legacy of Bob Moog, a visionary engineer who pioneered the analog synthesizer and other technology tools used by artists like Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, and Kraftwerk. This year’s program will feature over 250 innovators in music, art, and technology—from Gary Numan (3 nights), GZA (2 nights), Grimes and Laurie Anderson, to virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier and transhumanist visionary Dr. Martine Rothblatt. For the first time, Moogfest takes place in Durham, North Carolina, a fast-growing capital of technology, culture and entrepreneurship.

From Thursday, May 19 - Sunday, May 22, Moogfest unfolds in venues throughout downtown Durham in spaces that range from intimate galleries to grand theatres. Special care has been taken to pair nighttime performances with venues that have unique acoustics and style. Art Installations are site specific and scattered throughout the city.

Carolina Theatre: Future Sound
The historic Carolina Theatre will showcase architects of sound and many avant-garde artists whose production is as radical as their compositions including sunn O))), Explosions in the Sky, Oneohtrix Point Never, Laurie Anderson (special matinee show), Alessandro Cortini, Daniel Lanois, Tim Hecker, Arthur Russell Instrumentals, Rival Consoles, and Dawn of Midi.

Carolina Theatre: Future Thought
Transhumanist thought-leader Dr. Martine Rothblatt and virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier will both deliver daytime keynotes on ‘The Future of Creativity’ in the theater’s largest space, Fletcher Hall.

Other tone-setting conversations include Laurie Anderson interviewed by Jana Hunter of Lower Dens; ‘Future Cities’, a Research Triangle Park hosted townhall style conversation exploring the tomorrowland that is being built today; ‘Time Traveling with Hip Hop’, a conversation between GZA and Duke Professor Mark Anthony Neal; ‘The Future of our Species’ panel discussion hosted by cyborg artist and activist Neil Harbisson; and ‘Hidden Figures: Women and Afrofuturism’ co-presented by Chuck Lightning of Wondaland with guests including Janelle Monae and Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah.

The Moogfest film program will also be presented at the Carolina Theater including an experimental shorts program, live film scores and conversations with artists and composers working in film.

The Armory: Future Sound
Durham’s historic Armory is transformed into a dark and body-thumping dance club to host the best of electronica, house, disco and techno. Godfathers of the genre include The Orb, DJ Harvey, and Robert Hood alongside inspiring new acts such as Bicep (debuting their live show), The Black Madonna and a Ryan Hemsworth curated night including Jlin, Qrion and UVBoi.

The Armory: Future Thought
By day, this expansive venue hosts Moogfest’s masterclasses including Ben Frost & Tim Hecker, Daniel Lanois & The Orb, and a Daniel Lanois solo in-the-round performance, as well as conversations on ‘Reggae Soundsystem and Dub Production’ and Chuck Lightning’s Afrofuturism program, ‘Can You Remember the Future’?

Pinhook: Future Sound
Local favorite Pinhook features a wide range of experimental sounds: heavy techno from Kyle Hall, Paula Temple and Karen Gwyer, live experimentation from Via App, Patricia, M. Geddes Gengras and Julia Holter, jaggedly rhythmic futurists Rabit and Lotic, and the avante-garde doom metal of The Body.

Mainstage @ Motorco Park: Future Sound
Moogfest’s largest venue, an outdoor mainstage, is a mix of future-forward electro-pop and R&B with performances by ODESZA, Blood Orange, critically- acclaimed emerging artist DAWN (Dawn Richard) playing her first NC show, and the kick off of Miike Snow’s US Tour.

Motorco: Future Sound
The club that has quickly become a local institution features intimate performances from Gary Numan, Silver Apples, Mykki Blanco and newly announced The Range as well as a deep and distinguished hip hop lineup that includes GZA, Skepta, Torey Lanez, Daye Jack, Denzel Curry, Lunice and local artists King Mez, Professor Toon and Well$.

21c: Future Thought
The gallery floor of 21c Museum Hotel is a central hub for workshops including theremin classes with Dorit Chrysler, audio/visual scores with Eyeo, and sonifying plants with Data Garden. Office Hours give festival attendees the opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with program presenters and participants. Blurring the lines between audio-visual installation and immersive experience, Moogfest 2016’s interactive workshops include North American Legends’s Unholy Matrimony and Church of Space’s self-hypnotism Hypnotique Scéance, plus youth theremin curriculum KidSchoolThereminSchool, generative music device Patter with Adam Florin, IBM Watson’s Cognitive Tech for Developers, sonifying plants with Data Garden, and exploring music and more with RVNG Intl’s founder Matt Werth and special guests.

21c’s main ballroom is home to the daily durational performance series (long-form musical artworks) that include Greg Fox, EMA and Jana Hunter, Richard Devine, and Suzanne Ciani, all co-presented by visual collective Undervolt & Co, along with a remarkable 8-hour Robert Rich sleep concert presented by 21c.

Durham Arts Council: Future Thought
The Durham Arts Council’s immaculately appointed black box PSI theatre hosts innovative talks that combine performance and presentation, exhibiting music and visuals alongside conversation. Especially explorative sessions and performances include Onyx Ashanti’s ‘Musical Brains’, Georgia Tech’s musical improvising robot Shimon, Arts & Smarts with Google Doodle’s Ryan Germick, Michael Garfield’s ‘Technoshamanism: A Very Psychedelic Century’, and Ben Knapp of Virginia Tech ICAT on virtual reality.

PSI: Future Sound
Daytime performances at PSI include human cyborg Neil Harbisson’s synaesthetic pedicure, and Moon Ribas’ seismic performance, plus a very special concert in celebration of synthesizer design pioneer Donald Buchla, with Alessandro Cortini, Morton Subotnik, Sarah Davachi and Suzanne Ciani.

Durham Arts Council Rehearsal Space: Future Thought

3-hour coding sessions with Undervolt & Co, Gray Area, EyeO, NEW INC series with Volvox Labs, Gabe & Dave, Luisa Pereira, and hands on sequencer or synthesizer building workshops with littleBits and Dr. Blankenstein.

Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Future Thought
Duke I&E hosts NC-local/Durham future-forward conversations including Exit Event’s “Founding The Future of” and “The Future of Music Labels” with RIAA and A2IM.

The American Underground: Future Thought
Home to a large percentage of Durham’s startup community, this location serves as a hub for pioneering conversations and panel discussion from presenters including Kickstarter, NEW INC, Megapolis Audio Festival, Gray Area’s creative code meetup, and IBM Watson’s Design Ideation Sessions.

The Durham Hotel: Future Sound
The Durham Hotel plays host to daily morning yoga set to Moog music on its open rooftop, and a Sunday Disco Brunch with a four-hour long DJ set from Hieroglyphic Being.

Full Frame Theater: Future Thought
Situated within Moogfest’s Modular Marketplace, Full Frame is home to the music technology-based programming like the daily Synth Design Icon series with presentations by Cyril Lance (Moog), David Friend (ARP), Tatsuya Takahashi (KORG), David Van Koevering (the Van Koevering piano). Performance-based programming from artists such as Sam Conran’s kabbalistic synth, Pierce Freelon’s youth beat demo, Ian Chang of Son Lux with Sunhouse, as well as demos and demonstrations from eurorack synth manufacturers whose modules are featured in the Modular Marketplace.

American Tobacco Campus: Free Programming
The American Tobacco Campus (ATC) is the heart of the FREE community programming including the Modular Marketplace, Pop-up Moog Factory and several art installations including the Aloft Musical Playground with Critter & Guitari, Pollinator Synthesizer with Burt’s Bees and Ranjit , and Moog’s collaboration with Yuri Suzuki called the Global Synthesizer Project.

To view the full schedule visit:

Tickets for Moogfest 2016 are available for $249 (Festival Pass) and $499 (VIP Pass) at A limited number of Single Day Passes will be on sale Friday, April 15 starting at 12pm EST - $129 Thursday, Friday & Saturday, $69 Sunday

About Moogfest
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 three days of participatory programming in Durham, North Carolina. Performing artists include early pioneers in electronic music, alongside pop and avant-garde experimentalists of today.

Find more about Moogfest at:
Moogfest website
Moogfest tickets
Moogfest YouTube
Moogfest Facebook
Moogfest Soundcloud
Moogfest Twitter
Moogfest Instagram


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. Special merch deals. More perks to be announced.
*Subject to capacity and based on first come first served

Engineer VIP $1,000 SOLD OUT!
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: Aaron Soloway, Actress, Adam Florin, ADULT., Afrikan Sciences, Alessandro Cortini, Alexander Randon, Amos Gaynes, Andrew Benson, Andrew Kilpatrick, Angus Taylor, Anna Friz, Antenes, Arthur Russell’s Instrumentals, AUDINT, Basma Alsharif, Ben Frost, Ben Knapp, Ben Russell, Bicep, The Black Madonna, Blazer Soundsystem, Blood Orange, Bob Moses, The Body, Bootsy Collins, Burton Rast, CFCF, Christian Rich, Chuck Lightning, Claire Evans, Cyril Lance, Cullen Miller, Daniel Bachman, Daniel Lanois, Daniel Lock, Darwin, Dave Rife & Gabe Liberti, Dave Tompkins, David Friend, David Katz, David Van Kouevering, Dawn of Midi, Dawn Richard, Daye Jack, Demo Taped, Denzel Curry, Derek Ham, Disasterpeace, DJ Harvey, DJ Lance Rock & Yo Gabba Gabba, DJ Nanny Cantaloupe, Dorit Chrysler, Dr Blankenstein, Earthly, Eban Crawford and Christina Cucurullo, Ed Bear, EMA, Emma Coats, Empress Of, Explosions in the Sky, Eyes Low, The Forge, Floating Point, Floating Points, Gary Numan, Gil Weinberg & Shimon, Germick Brothers, Ghostdad, Greg Fox, Grimes, Grouper, Gwenno, GZA, Hanz, The Haxan Cloak, Health, Heathered Pearls, Helen Armstrong, Hieroglyphic Being, Hundred Waters, I Speak Machine, Ivica Ico Bukvic, Jaakko Eino Kalevi, Jana Hunter, Jaron Lanier, Jeff Kolar, Jlin, Joe Patitucci, Joel Ford, John Keston, Jon Shapiro, Jonathan Dinu, Julia Holter, Julia Kaganskiy, Julianna Barwick, Justin Grotelueschen, Kaitlin Prest, Karen Gwyer, Kate Stone, King Mez, Kode9 x Lawrence Lek, Kristen Gallerneaux, Kyle Hall, Kyle McDonald, Larry Gus, Laurel Halo, Laurent “Tippy” Alfred, Laurie Anderson, Leopold Ross, Lister Hewan-Lowe, Lotic, Luisa Pereira, Lunice, M. Geddes Gengras, Mac McCaughan, Mad Professor, Made of Oak, Manuel Clement, Marc Fleury, Mark Anthony Neal, Mark Mothersbaugh, Martin Brooke, Dr. Martine Rothblatt, Matt Werth, Matthew Ganacheau, May Weinstein, Michael Garfield, Miike Snow, Mike Butera, Modular on the Spot, Moon Ribas, Morton Subotnik, Moses Sumney, Mykki Blanco, Neil Harbisson, Nick Yulman, No Effects with Jesse Cohen, ODESZA, Olivia Block, Oneohtrix Point Never, Onyx Ashanti, The Orb, Patricia, Patrick Buchanan, Patrick McDermott, Pau Riba, Paula Temple, Peter Hyer, Pierce Freelon, Professor Toon, Qrion, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Rabit, The Range, Ranjit Bhatnagar, RBTS Win, Rea McNamara, Reggie Watts, Rich Lee, Richard Smith, Rival Consoles, Robert Hood, Robert Rich, Ryan Germick, Ryan Hemsworth, Sam Aaron, Sam Conran, Sarah Davachi, Scott McCloud, Shallou, Shani Aviram, Sharon Mashihi, Sheba Love, Silver Apples, Skepta, Son Lux, Song Exploder with Hrishikesh Hirway, Stephi Duckula, Steven A. Cummer, Steve Dunnington, sunn O))), Susan Kare, Suzanne Ciani, Tatsuya Takahashi, tAz Arnold, Tim Hecker, Tlacael Esparza, Toby Heys, Tobias Overath, Phd, Tod Machover, Tory Lanez, Thomas F. DeFrantz, Trandle, Tyondai Braxton, Uli Sigg, UV boi, Van Partible, Veronica Vasicka, Via App, Well$, YACHT, Yuri Suzuki, Zombi

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