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Moogfest Day Three Photos 

All photos by Matt Brown

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Moogfest Spotlight: Radio & the Radiophonic

While performances by Grimes, ODESZA and Son Lux might be capturing the excitement of some festival-goers, this year’s Moogfest is promising to be much more. Music is really just one aspect of this festival billed as “the synthesis between music, art and technology.” It explores all types of audio, from performance to podcasts.

In “Radio & the Radiophonic,” the series taking place on May 20 and 21, the history and future of radio are the topics of conversation. From Ira Glass’ “This American Life” to Marc Maron’s interview with President Obama in a garage, radio is an important tool in the world of communications today. With live podcast recordings and conversations with the movers and shakers reinventing radio, this series provides Moogfest attendees the chance to plumb the depths of new and exciting audio, away from Motorco Park.

The first day of the series will start with a Soundwalk, a chance for festival-goers to realize that the world around them is already full of interesting soundscapes; not all innovative sound comes from a Moog synthesizer.

Immediately following, a gathering of the most interesting minds in radio and podcasting are coming together to discuss how the traditions of radio have created the audio landscape we know today.

An artist of note in this session: Kaitlin Prest, host of Radiotopia’s “The Heart.” Her work innovates not only audio storytelling, but how women and men talk about sex, love and everything in between. A good primer on her work is an episode of the first season of “The Heart,” when she explores the life of one of the first recipients of sex reassignment surgery, Lili Elbe.

Friday afternoon, an audiophile’s dream becomes reality when Hrishikesh Hirway sits down with ODESZA to break down one of their songs. The acclaimed Song Exploder podcast sits down with artists and has them explain each bass line, each snare, each high hat, and all the odds and ends of a particular song. Check out Sylvan Esso explaining how “Coffee” came to be.

Saturday in the series begins with another live recording of a podcast, No Effects. Listen and learn as Jesse Holter talks with two artists about their lives, their work, what makes them tick and what makes them cry in his longform interview.

Innovation in audio is so much more than music; it’s also in the ways that we communicate and learn, and radio is at the forefront. This series promises to be one of the most interesting and human ones at Moogfest.

And who knows, maybe it’ll help you become the next Ira Glass.

You can find more information and a complete schedule at

– Mirtha Donastorg, former WKNC Co-Public Affairs Director

Music News and Interviews

Avant garde metal fans will be pleased with the Moogfest 2016 lineup. Former Chainsaw Rock music director Jamie Halla has this audio rundown.

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Bull City Buzz


Moogfest is an an art, technology and music festival taking place in Durham May 19-May 22.

This is the first year that Moogfest is happening in Durham. From 2010 until now, Moogfest has taken place in Asheville, N.C. Before that, New York City was the birthplace and home for Moogfest. For Durham to be the host city of Moogfest signifies its burgeoning arts and music scene.

Durham is locally known for being home to talented and musically diverse artists such as Sylvan Esso, The Mountain Goats, Bombadil, Xiu Xiu, and Professor Toon. Moogfest is a great opportunity for local artists to perform, and is a great addition to festivals such as Hopscotch (set in Raleigh) and Art of Cool (which took place May 6-8 in Durham) that are helping to promote the Triangle’s ever-growing arts and music culture.

Earthly and Professor Toon are two local artists that are performing in Moogfest (you can check the full lineup here). Earthly is an electronic music duo (brothers!) from Carrboro, N.C. Their sound is hard to deny dancing to, with claps and beats that are often hectic yet rhythmic. Their style is reminiscent of artists like Eric Copeland and Dan Deacon. To hear more of Earthly, check their Soundcloud.

Professor Toon is a hip-hop artist from Durham, NC who released his album Taking Notes this January. He performed at the second night of WKNC’s own Double Barrel Benefit 13 that took place this February at Cat’s Cradle. He has a unique style, with beats that often sound distorted. He has songs that are super hype such as “Professor (You Know it)” and songs that are more downtempo like “Who Gon (Stop Me)”. To listen to Taking Notes, go to his bandcamp.

Moogfest taking place in Durham will be a great way for locals and visitors alike to explore all of the venues, restaurants, and general goodness that Durham has to offer. To learn more about Moogfest, go to their website and keep checking our blog for more updates.

– Ryan Ezell, Afterhours Music 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.