Moogfest is returning to Durham, NC, April 25-28, and as usual it’s pulling on patch cables from an eclectic mix of genres. Pedal Fuzz has a handful of highlights below, and you can see the full lineup for daytime and nighttime shows, the schedule for workshops and talks, and you can grab your tickets while they last right here.
Inventor, composer and 2012 Moog Innovation Award winner Thomas Dolby is joining the lineup for three rare appearances, including a live performance and a two-way interview with Buzzfeed News Sr. Investigative Reporter and 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist Jason Leopold. Dolby and Leopold will converse on their shared passion of truth seeking among creative topics.
Daniel Miller, founder of seminal synth-pop and industrial label Mute Records, is joining for both a conversation and a modular live set;
Tim Hecker will participate in a conversation about his most recent record which incorporates Japanese gagaku music and joined by The Koyoko Ensemble for a nighttime performance;
Craig Leon will hold a joint conversation with William Basinski, who will lead the Sleep Concert and perform an additional live set including songs from his acclaimed new album;
GAS and the founder of Kompakt records, will share his philosophies behind his seminal project and perform at nighttime;
Renowned for his work at the intersection of visual art and live performance, techno artist Max Cooper will hold a lecture on integrating these concepts into the new A/V project he’s performing at Moogfest and perform an afternoon spatial set.
Meyer Sound Laboratories will provide Spatial Sound to The Armory, Fruit Co., the Carolina Theatre, and 21c in collaboration with Virginia Tech (ICAT). Afternoon spatial sets by Jim Lang, Patrick Gleeson and nighttime with Matthew Dear (live), The Field, Kimbra, Jlin, Stephan Bodzin, and Mount Kimbie (DJ set).
21c’s Main Gallery will use a six-channel system to enable an immersive sound experience for durational performances by A Place to Bury Strangers, Richard Devine, and Greg Fox.
The Fruit Co. will include a quad system to provide new spatial opportunities for DJ sets by Daniel Miller, Matthew Dear, nd_baumecker, Mor Elian, Bergsonist, Ouri, Minimal Violence, Brooklyn English, and the afterparty with The Floor.
Moogfest is also excited to welcome Ash Bowie of Polvo and Helium fame, who will perform a very special set with a band of his friends and close associates.
Sound designer Richard Devine will explore synth design with renowned author of modular synthesis techniques Kim Bjørn and various instrument designers.
Kim Bjørn will teach workshops on modular synth patching techniques at the festival.
Kimbra will discuss her creative process, her career, and her production work.
Mount Kimbie’s Kai Campos will be in conversation about the contrasting expressions between a live set and DJ work.
U.S. Girls is joining during the daytime and for a nighttime performance and Eli Kezsler will also be performing at night.