Moogfest : Celebrating the Collision of Art & Science

“When Bob Moog invented the Moog synthesizer in 1964 he revolutionized popular music. His creations touched thousands of lives as synthesizers gained acceptance in the music world and became the catalyst for new forms of sonic expression. Genre-definers like The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Pink Floyd, Parliament-Funkadelic and Kraftwerk used Moog synthesizers to create the soundtrack to the second half of the 20th Century.  Quite simply, modern music would not be the same without Bob Moog.” -from the MoogMusic website

This is one of those festivals I wish I could really take part in.  Moogfest is a defining musical event, revolving around a man’s scientific and creative genius that, like the quote above, absolutely defined and changed the way our minds and senses appreciate music today.  The lineup is outstanding, with the concerts being held in various venues across Asheville, NC, much like the setup arranged at the SXSW festival in Austin, TX.  Imagine checking out artists like The Magnetic Fields, Nas, Orbital, Explosions in the Sky, and Santigold amidst the Blue Ridge Mountain landscape.  Are you there yet?  Here is some help.  Check out the rest of the lineup at the Moogfest website and listen to the multitude of tracks available, then jot over to the Asheville site to plan a couple of days vacation.  Single day, weekend, and complete stay and play packages are available.

Are you familiar with the Moog synthesizer?

The Voyager is just one of the multiple instruments that Moog Music has created over the last fifty plus years.  I am realistically incapable of displaying to you all that they offer, however, here is a small sampling of the sound that is created and a short video on the history of the Moog.  You should be able to immediately recognize its impact.

Check out Moog Music’s Sound Gallery for more.

Unfortunately, Dr. Bob Moog passed away of an inoperable brain tumor in August of 2005.  Fortunately, his legacy will never be forgotten.  With the history that he has created, and the future being ever renewed with the influx of new generations of musicians that will continue to derive their sound due to his inventions, Bob Moog’s legend I feel will never fade.  The annual Moogfest will be a testament to this, as I feel confident that this gathering will become one of the best and most popular musical events in the years to come.  If you are unable to make it this year, like me, make sure to put it on your radar for the next.

The attached links to the artists I mentioned above will take you directly to their personal page for Moogfest which includes a brief bio and video of one of their tracks.  Check out the rest of the lineup hereMoog Music’s site is also an informative and entertaining place to kill some time if you find yourself needing more.

Still unconvinced?  Thomas Dolby and GZA will be in attendance for crying out loud!

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Published by Samien Schoen

A fan, and promoter, of the graphic novel artform. A lover of life and song. A dreamer of incredible and alternate realities. A witness to the dedication of an open mind.

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