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Brief History of Moogfest


Moogfest is an annual music, art, and technology festival held in May in honor of Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog synthesizer and pioneer of electronic music. Previously, this festival has been held in Asheville, North Carolina, where Moog spent the last 30 years of his life, but this year will be held from May 19th-22nd in downtown Durham, North Carolina in 17 various locations. The festival will be headlined by such artists as Grimes, Miike Snow, and ODESZA. You can get tickets by going to

Moog developed the first commercial voltage analog controlled synthesizer with Herbert Deutsch in 1964. While there were other synthesizers on the market at the time, Moog’s invention began to rapidly gain popularity after it was showcased at the International Pop Festival of 1967. After that, the sound of his machine gained popularity through the 1970’s and was used to create the sound of crucial albums of the 20th century, like the Beatles’ “Abbey Road.”

Moogfest officially began in 2004 when one of Moog Music’s New York representatives wanted to have a music festival to celebrate the 50th anniversary of electronic music. The first festival was held on May 18th, 2004 in B.B. King Blues Club in New York. It was a one night show that sold out in honor of Moog’s birthday. Unfortunately, Moog died the following year, but his friends and coworkers decided to keep the festival going in his honor.

In 2010, Moogfest was moved to Asheville, North Carolina after Moog Music partnered with AC Entertainment, a music promotions group that helps produce other big music festivals like Bonnaroo.  That was also the year it changed from a one day to a three day event, multi-venue festival. It featured artists as Massive Attack, Sleigh Bells, Caribou, and MGMT. 

Moogfest coming to the Triangle is an exciting prospect. It is big and important festival, and being in the Triangle will add to both scenes. Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill are all rapidly growing urban areas, with new night, social, and music scenes. Moogfest will find an excellent new home here.

– Marissa Jerden, WKNC Co-Public Affairs Director

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Moogfest Partners with Triangle Record Stores for Pop-up Parties – 3/26-4/21

All Day, Bull City, Carolina Soul and Schoolkids Records to Host Moogfest Artists, Listening Parties, Curated Collections and Festival Ticket Deals

(Durham, NC) – March 28 –

Moogfest is teaming with area record store institutions All Day RecordsCarolina Soul RecordsSchoolkids Records and Bull City Records to bring a unique slate of programming, ticket deals and curated collections to Triangle-area fans.

The series began on March 26 at All Day Records in Carrboro with a DJ set by Oli Isaacs and promotional giveaways. On March 31, Carolina Soul will host a listening party of Moogfest artists.

Moogfest will take part in Schoolkids Records massive Record Store Day celebration on April 16 with in store promos and activations at the store’s locations in Raleigh and Durham. The series concludes back in Durham at Bull City Records on April 21 with a very special DJ set by Nick Sanborn of Made of Oak and Sylvan Esso as well as other area DJ’s.

At all locations, students will have the opportunity to purchase $99 student tickets with valid student ID.

Dates & Locations

  • 3.26 – All Day Records – Carrboro, NC, 12-3pm
  • 3.31 – Carolina Soul – Durham, NC, 5-8pm
  • 4.16 – Schoolkids Records (Record Store Day Parties) – Durham & Raleigh, NC, 8am-8pm
  • 4.21 – Bull City Records – Durham, NC, 6pm-8pm

About Moogfest

Moogfest is the synthesis of music, art, and technology. Since 2004, Moogfest has brought together artists, futurist thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, scientists, and musicians. By day, Moogfest is a platform for conversation and experimentation. This mind-expanding conference attracts creative and technology enthusiasts for three days of participatory programming in Durham, North Carolina. By night, Moogfest presents cutting-edge music in venues throughout the city. Performing artists include early pioneers in electronic music, alongside pop and avant-garde experimentalists of today.

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4th Annual Moog Circuit Bending Challenge

Moogfest began back in 2004 as a way to honor the ingenuity of Dr. Robert Moog.  The festival began in New York City and has since moved to Asheville where Moog spent the last 30 years of his life. The performing artists are all people who pioneer in their respective fields and have embodied the innovative spirit of Moog.  In addition to the great music, the festival also offers panels, workshops, a film festival, art installations and much more.

Keeping in the spirit of innovation, Moogfest will also host it’s 4th Annual Moog Circuit Bending Challenge. So what is circuit bending?  Circuit bending is the art of creating unique instruments by tinkering with various electronic devices such as keyboards, children’s toys, drum machines, and basically any other electrical device that generates some type of noise.  It is a very experimental and chance-based art form that is the perfect hybrid between music and electronics that so perfectly embodies Moogfest.

Each year the festival receives lots of different entries from people of all walks of life.  They select a few finalists who receive a pair of passes to the festival and the chance to showcase their work.  This year, they received so many great submissions that they had to choose five finalists.  The winners will be chosen on the last day of the festival and the top 3 finalists will win a Moog synth.  To see the finalists, check out the YouTube playlist here.

The circuit bending challenge entrants are tasked with making an instrument that creates new and unique sounds through circuit bending with a total cost $70 or less.  By confining the cost, Moog keeps the competition close to its humble beginnings while forcing entrants to create truly innovative instruments with limited resources.  Be sure to check out the circuit bending finalists as well as all of the other amazing innovations at Moogfest!

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Mountain Oasis Lineup Announced!

Mountain Oasis 2013


The first ever Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit has just announced their lineup for 2013.  The festival takes place in Asheville, NC on October 25th through the 27th.  Mountain Oasis is programmed and produced by AC Entertainment, the company that helped put together MoogFest.  Towards the end of last year, Moog Music and AC Entertainment split up when Moog declined to renew its licensing agreement with AC.  Mountain Oasis now takes the place of MoogFest as AC Entertainment’s presence in North Carolina.  The Mountain Oasis festival will take place the same weekend and location as previous MoogFests.  This however will not be the end of MoogFest.  Moogfest just recently announced a new partnership with Paxahau along with a new logo. Along with it they stated that MoogFest will not be taking place in 2013, but will return April 25th through the 27th in Asheville for MoogFest 2014.

So set aside all your worries, North Carolina will not be losing a music festival.  Instead we will be gaining another one and after looking at the intial lineup announcement, it looks to be a damn good one.  The lineup, despite not being completed yet, is full of some big names and rarities.  Neutral Milk Hotel will be playing one of their first shows in fifteen years together at this year’s festival. Trent Reznor will be playing twice with How to Destroy Angels as well as Nine Inch Nails who are just coming off their hiatus. Other notable artists include Animal Collective, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Chromatics, Tricky, Zola Jesus and JG Thirwell, Pretty Lights, Bassnectar, and Bosnian Rainbows. Many more artists will be announced in the coming future. The festival will also feature talks, seminars, panels, interactive experiences, exhibitions and more by artists and other esteemed members of the musical community. Tickets will go on sale Thursdau, May 2nd at 12:00 pm Eastern Time. Stay tuned for more details as the full lineup will be announced.