The full line-up for Moogfest will feature more than 250 artists at 17 walkable venues throughout Durham. And one of those shows is a concert where you are encouraged to sleep.
The full schedule was released Tuesday and includes a breakdown of events by venue. All venues are breaking down content into two themes of programming – Future Sound and Future Thought.
(See the full schedule at: https://moogfest.sched.org/)
Here’s a look at some of the venue-by-venue highlights on this music, art and technology festival planned May 19 to 22:
The Future Sound portion here will feature architects of sound and many avant-garde artists whose production is as radical as their compositions. Performers include sunn O))), Explosions in the Sky, Oneohtrix Point Never, Laurie Anderson (special matinee show), Alessandro Cortini, Daniel Lanois, Tim Hecker, Arthur Russell Instrumentals, Rival Consoles and Dawn of Midi.
The Future Thought series will include transhumanist thought-leader Dr. Martine Rothblatt and virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier, who will deliver daytime keynotes on “The Future of Creativity” in the theater’s largest space, Fletcher Hall.
Other Carolina Theatre highlights include:
Musical experimentalist Laurie Anderson interviewed by Jana Hunter of Lower Dens
“Future Cities” – a Research Triangle Park hosted town hall style conversation exploring the tomorrowland that is being built today
“Time Traveling with Hip Hop” – a conversation between GZA and Duke Professor Mark Anthony Neal
“The Future of our Species” panel discussion hosted by cyborg artist and activist Neil Harbisson
“Hidden Figures: Women and Afrofuturism” co-presented by Chuck Lightning of Wondaland with guests including Janelle Monae and Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah
A film fest including an experimental shorts program, live film scores and conversations with artists and composers working in film.
The Durham Armory
This venue will be transformed into a dark and body-thumping dance club to host the best ofelectronica, house, disco and techno. Godfathers of the genre include The Orb, DJ Harvey and Robert Hood will play alongside inspiring new acts such as Bicep (debuting their live show) and The Black Madonna. Other notable acts include a Ryan Hemsworth-curated night including Jlin, Qrion and UVBoi.
During the day, the venue will host master classes from the likes of Ben Frost & Tim Hecker, Daniel Lanois & The Orb and conversations on “Reggae Soundsystem and Dub Production” and Chuck Lightning’s Afrofuturism program, “Can You Remember the Future?”
The club will feature a variety of experimental sounds: heavy techno from Kyle Hall, Paula Temple and Karen Gwyer, live experimentation from Via App, Patricia, M. Geddes Gengras and Julia Holter, jaggedly rhythmic futurists Rabit and Lotic and the avant-garde doom metal of The Body.
The outdoor main stage at Motorco park will host a mix of future-forward electro-pop and R&B with performances from ODESZA, Blood Orange, critically acclaimed emerging artist DAWN (Dawn Richard) playing her first N.C. show and the kickoff of Miike Snow’s U.S. tour.
The indoor portion of Motorco will host intimate performances from Gary Numan, Silver Apples, Mykki Blanco and The Range. The hip hop lineup here includes GZA, Skepta, Torey Lanez, Daye Jack, Denzel Curry, Lunice and local artists King Mez, Professor Toon and Well$.
21c Museum Hotel
The gallery floor will be a central hub for workshops. Blurring the lines between audio-visual installation and immersive experience, Moogfest interactive workshops include North American legends’ Unholy Matrimony and Church of Space’s self-hypnotism “Hypnotique Scéance,” plus youth theremin curriculum KidSchoolThereminSchool, generative music device Patter with Adam Florin, IBM Watson’s “Cognitive Tech for Developers” and sonifying plants with Data Garden. The “Office Hours” series gives festival attendees the opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with program presenters and participants.
The main ballroom will be home to longform musical artworks from Greg Fox, EMA and Jana Hunter, Richard Devine, and Suzanne Ciani, all co-presented by visual collective Undervolt & Co, along with an 8-hour Robert Rich sleep concert presented by 21c.
What is a sleep concert? Rich started doing these in the 1980s when he attended Stanford University. He apparently became known for doing late night shows for sleeping audiences. These were experiments to influence their REM and sleep cycles using sounds. The audience would bring sleeping bags and just rest. He would perform piano solos in the morning and serve them tea.
Durham Arts Council
The Durham Arts Council’s PSI Theatre hosts innovative talks that combine performance and presentation, exhibiting music and visuals alongside conversation. Sessions and performers include Onyx Ashanti’s “Musical Brains,” Georgia Tech’s musical improvising robot Shimon, “Arts & Smarts” with Google Doodle’s Ryan Germick, Michael Garfield’s “Technoshamanism: A Very Psychedelic Century” and Ben Knapp of Virginia Tech ICAT on virtual reality.
Daytime performances at PSI include human cyborg Neil Harbisson’s synaesthetic pedicure, Moon Ribas’ seismic performance, plus a very special concert in celebration of synthesizer design pioneer Donald Buchla, with Alessandro Cortini, Morton Subotnik, Sarah Davachi and Suzanne Ciani.
The Durham Arts Council’s rehearsal space will be home to three-hour coding sessions with Undervolt & Co, Gray Area, EyeO, NEW INC series with Volvox Labs, Gabe & Dave, Luisa Pereira, and hands on sequencer or synthesizer building workshops with littleBits and Dr. Blankenstein.
Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship
This venue will host North Carolina future-forward conversations including Exit Event’s “Founding The Future of” and “The Future of Music Labels” with RIAA and A2IM.
The American Underground
This location serves as a hub for pioneering conversations and panel discussion from presenters including Kickstarter, NEW INC, Megapolis Audio Festival, Gray Area’s creative code meetup and IBM Watson’s Design Ideation Sessions.
The Durham Hotel
This venue will host daily morning yoga set to Moog music on its open rooftop, and a Sunday Disco Brunch with a four-hour long DJ set from Hieroglyphic Being.
Full Frame Theater
Situated within Moogfest’s Modular Marketplace, Full Frame is home to music technology-based programming like the daily Synth Design Icon series with presentations by Cyril Lance (Moog), David Friend (ARP), Tatsuya Takahashi (KORG), David Van Koevering (the Van Koevering piano). Performance-based programming from artists such as Sam Conran’s kabbalistic synth, Pierce Freelon’s youth beat demo, Ian Chang of Son Lux with Sunhouse, as well as demos and demonstrations from eurorack synth manufacturers whose modules are featured in the Modular Marketplace.
American Tobacco Campus
ATC is the heart of free community programming including the Modular Marketplace, Pop-up Moog Factory and several art installations including the Aloft Musical Playground with Critter & Guitari, Pollinator Synthesizer with Burt’s Bees and Ranjit, and Moog’s collaboration with Yuri Suzuki called the Global Synthesizer Project.
Tickets for Moogfest are $249 for three-day general admission and $499 for three-day VIP passes. Those tickets are on sale now.
A limited number of single-day passes will go on sale Friday starting at noon. Those tickets are $129 for Thursday, Friday or Saturday and $69 for Sunday.