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Moogfest 2019

Moogfest 2019

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.

Thomas Dolby. Courtesy: Moogfest

Thomas Dolby. Courtesy: Moogfest

  • 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.

Kimbra. Courtesy: Moogfest

Kimbra. Courtesy: Moogfest

  • 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.

Shane Parish Releases New Album Child Asleep In The Rain

Shane Parish Releases New Album Child Asleep In The Rain

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Out on cassette via Null Zone, Child Asleep In The Rain finds the Asheville, NC based guitarist Shane Parish (Ahleuchatistas) in an exploratory mood. Striking a much different tone from his last (excellent) solo acoustic album Undertaker Please Drive Slow (Tazdik Records), this one takes a deep dive into the sonic unknown.

The phrase "Shane Parish is a father" keeps appearing in my mind while listening. I hear the dread of now, wrestling with the hope of now - the struggle of “it’s all gonna be ok,” that idea you work to convey even if at times you’re not so sure. Parish is a gifted improviser, and you can trace the threads of thoughts connecting as sounds whir around you, the notes still intimate though often awash in effects.

Shane Parish’s notes on the album:

I am going to try to briefly talk about music as an emanation since this album seemed to just appear on my computer one day.  I have strived to cultivate a way of life that will allow my creativity to grow and flow over my lifetime. I believe that if you steep yourself in the raw materials of an art form and you are honest with yourself about who you are, expression will manifest itself in many different shapes and they will all be you.  And they will also all be everybody and everything. There is one infinite resource passing through seven billion finite filters of subjectivity.

Mastery of the body can lead to virtuosity, but that can take a lifetime.  And we must imperfectly communicate and express our feelings as we move along the path.  Our limits reveal our shape. Technology can bridge the gap between mind and body, an idea and its realization, in performance and the production of artifacts.  Sometimes, our bodies are all the technology that is required. Sometimes we need more.

I have always attempted to allow intuition and a feeling to guide my work, even when I have introduced technical and conceptual obstacles to be overcome and employed.  I feel that my most relatable and musically successful endeavors are the ones that seem to emanate fully formed and with no effort. Still, I am committed to the practice.  And the letting go.”

Child Asleep In The Rain is available digitally via Bandcamp and on cassette from Null Zone Tapes.

Tour Dates:

9/21 - Grey Eagle - Asheville, NC

10/1 - If Art Gallery - Columbia, SC

10/2 - Duke Coffeehouse - Durham, NC w/ Polychord

10/4 - Rhizome DC - Washington, D.C. w/ Anthony Pirog/Jarrett Gilgore

10/5 - Jalopy Theatre - Brooklyn, NY w/ Iva Bittova, Eva Salina

10/7 - Downtown Music Gallery - New York, NY Shane Parish & Frank Meadows Duo

10/7 - Wonders of Nature - Brooklyn, NY w/ Ross Hammond

10/13 - Golden Pony - Harrisonburg, VA

10/26 - Go Bar - Athens, GA

12/1 - Monstercade - Winston-Salem, NC w/ 1970s Film Stock, Spectral Habitat