Top 10 Things to See at Moogfest

We’ve gathered the top ten things we think you should see at Moogfest 2017.

1) Flying Lotus and Animal Collective

In addition to leading the Future Sound program of musical performances, Flying Lotus and Animal Collective will both participate as presenters in the Future Thought daytime program of keynotes, workshops, conversations, and masterclasses.

2) Electronic Pioneers like Derrick May and 808 State

As a member of the Belleville Three during the 80s, Derrick May pioneered a futuristic electronic sound that fellow Belleville member Juan Atkins would dub “Techno.” Across the pond, 808 State built on the foundation of Detroit techno, evolving their own “Acid-House” sound. Witness these electronic originators this year at Moogfest 2017.

3) Instrument Innovators

The Emulator I… Ableton… The Prophet-5… MIDI… Modern analog video synthesizers… Dave Rossum, Gerhard Behles, Dave Smith, and Lars Larsen are instrument design luminaries who prove that following your fascination can change the world. They will join us at Moogfest this May and provide an eye into their pioneering perspectives through interactive workshops and conversations.

4) CERN

Scientists and researchers working with the Large Hadron Collider, world’s largest machine, share their insights into new dimensions as part of Moogfest FutureThought programming.


5) Michael Stipe

Creative icon Michael Stipe will debut a never-before-seen installation at Moogfest 2017. Composed using his own personal footage, the installation will be an audiovisual exploration of desire and movement and will feature a rare solo composition from the legend himself.

6) Technological Tools for Change

On Moogfest’s opening night, the main stage will be dedicated to exploring how creative technology tools and protest music can be used as instruments for change. Technologists from MIT Open Doc Lab, NEW INC, Found Sound Nation,and Goldsmiths University of London will share their work intermixed with performances from Talib Kweli, Omar Souleyman, Mykki Blanco, BEARCAT, and Pie Face Girls.

7) Syrinx
Early 70s avant-synth band Syrinx was one of the first Canadian bands to use Moog synths in live performances and shared bills with the likes of Miles Davis and Ravi Shankar. At times epic, at times whimsical, their music was experimental yet appealing, ahead of its time. Their performance at Moogfest 2017 will mark their first show in over 40 years (and their only one scheduled).


8) Engineering Workshops

The Moogfest Engineer VIP Pass is a special Moogfest ticket that includes an exclusive two-day synth-building workshop with Moog engineers and VIP access to the festival. The synthesizer built in the workshop is an unreleased design and will be limited to 100 units. No experience is necessary. Reserve a spot to build yours today.

9) Tributes to the Synthesists We’ve Lost

Gotye, Peanut Butter Wolf, and The Center for Deep Listening will lead tributes to the sonic icons we have lost in recent years. Gotye will honor French electronic pioneer Jean-Jacques Perrey, The Center for Deep Listening will present daily workshops that celebrate the teachings of Pauline Oliveros, and Peanut Butter Wolf will perform a tribute with a special dedication to synth legends like Keith Emerson, Isao Tomita, Kashif, and Bernie Worrell.


10) Modular Marketplace

Moogfest’s Modular Marketplace is an electronic pop-up shop showcasing the latest and greatest from a lineup of innovative instrument makers. Boutique electronics, experimental effects, and modern modular synthesizers await you. The lineup of Modular Marketplace manufacturers will be announced next Tuesday via the Moogfest email newsletter: sign up here to be the first to know.

Moogfest 2017’s continuously evolving lineup has already grown into a program of 130+ musicians and presenters as part of the Future Thought day program of conversation and experimentation and the Future Sound night program featuring cutting-edge sonics and music.

You can explore the full line-up here.

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