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Moogfest – A Five Day Electronic Music Festival

Moogfest is an annual five day electronic music festival that takes place in Asheville, North Carolina, United States towards the end of April. This festival is dedicated to the synthesis of technology, art and music. Asheville is the city where Robert Arthur “Bob” Moog, the inventor of the Moog synthesizer and founding father of electronic music, spent the last thirty years of his life. It is said that Moogfest is observed to honour the creativity and inventiveness that Bob Moog had spread throughout the course of his life.


Robert Moog, born on May 23, 1934 in New York City and died on August 21, 2005 in Asheville, North Carolina. In 1964, he developed his first commercial voltage-controlled analog synthesizer with American composer, inventor, and educator Herbert Deutsch. At that time, many other synthesizers were already on the market, but Moog synthesizer began to gain wider attention in the music industry after it was demonstrated at the Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967. The Beatles, Mick Jagger and Sun Ra were among the first customers. The commercial breakthrough of a Moog recording was made by Wendy Carlos in the 1968 named Switched-On Bach, which became one of the highest-selling classical music recordings of its era. David Borden who worked alongside Robert Moog in his Trumansburg studios and later founded the first live synthesizer ensemble in 2000 performed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. with his Mother Mallard and Keith Emerson. This event came just four years before the first Moogfest was held in New York City.
Moogfest welcomes futurist thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, artists, scientists, musicians and Moog devotees to participate in a conversation that celebrates new technology and creative expression. The line-up includes Kraftwerk, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, Laurie Anderson, Dan Deacon, The Gaslamp Killer, RJD2, Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, Darkstar, Shigeto, Wolf Eyes, Le1f, Daedelus, Art Department, Adult., Soul Clap, TOKiMONSTA, and Nick Monaco.

This festival will also feature showcases curated by recorded labels such as Warp, DFA, Foold’s Gold, and Ghostly International and music festivals like Movement and Hopscotch. There will also be daytime activities, including conferences and guest speakers.

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