Moogfest 2016 lineup announced: Laurie Anderson, Gary Numan, Explosions in the Sky, more

Jason Sandford

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moogfest_2016The Moogfest 2016 line-up has been announced. From Consequence of Sound:

After being held for four years in Asheville, North Carolina, the four-day event will take place in Durham, NC from May 19th to 22nd.

Headliners Explosions in the Sky, Oneohtrix Point Never, Laurie Anderson, Blood Orange, and GZA performing two shows. Gary Numan will also take the stage for multiple shows, separately playing Replicas, The Pleasure Principle, and Telekon in their entirety over the course of three nights.

Also performing will be Sunn O))), Suzanne Ciani, Reggie Watts, Sun Ra Arkestra, Julia Holter, Grouper, Julianna Barwick, The Orb, The Haxan Cloak, Floating Points, Empress Of, Hundred Waters, Tim Hecker, Actress, Son Lux, Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh, Ryan Hemsworth, Simian Mobile Disco, YACHT, Tyondai Braxton, Bootsy Collins, Daniel lanois, Dawn of Kidi, Kode9, Lotic, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Mac McCaughan, Ben Frost, and scores more.

From WRAL:

More than 100 musical acts will play the festival, which is devoted to music, art and technology, on May 19-22 at 17 walkable venues throughout the downtown Durham. Venues include intimate galleries to theatres and will include a free outdoor stage, with music, workshops and participatory, all-ages programming.

-Electronic duo ODESZA, Blood Orange and utopian rockers YACHT are also on the bill.
-There will be keynote presentations from satellite radio inventor and pharma tycoon Dr. Martine Rothblatt, and computer scientist Jaron Lanier, a pioneer in the field of virtual reality.
-A free all-ages show will be open to the public including an entire day of electronic music for children hosted by DJ Lance Rock and Yo Gabba Gabba among others.

Here are more details from the official press release:

Program highlights:
Pioneers in Electronic Music
Electronic music pioneer Gary Numan will perform his first three albums (Replicas, The Pleasure Principle, and Telekon) over three consecutive nights in three different venues. Musical experimentalist Laurie Anderson weaves stories and song in her solo performance, “The Language of the Future” and then returns to the stage the next day to hosts a daytime conversation.

Future Pop
Headlining talent also charts a zig-zagging course across today’s synthesizer infused pop landscape, from the vibrant electronic duo ODESZA, to the future soul of Blood Orange (playing in North Carolina for the first time), a return of utopian rockers YACHT, and even the comic stylings of Reggie Watts.

Immersive noise and minimalist sonic-scapes from some of today’s most progressive experimental artists, including sunn O))), Ben Frost, Tim Hecker, Silver Apples, Oneohtrix Point Never, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Olivia Block, Alessandro Cortini, and Lotic.

Ambient Music Innovators
A rich program of sustained tones and cascading moods led by Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno’s prolific Grammy winning protege, Suzanne Ciani, and the UK’s originators of ambient house The Orb.

GZA leads Moogfest’s strongest ever hip-hop and rap lineup, supported by a roster of emerging talent including Lunice, Tory Lanez, Denzel Curry, Dr. Dre protege King Mez, and Well$.

The Future of Creativity
Futurist philosophers set the tone for a mind-expanding conference. Keynotes by Dr. Martine Rothblatt, author, entrepreneur, transhumanist, inventor of satellite radio, and Jaron Lanier, a computer scientist and composer who has pioneered the field of virtual reality. Other visionaries include sound explorer Onyx Ashanti and his ‘exo-voice’ sonic prosthesis, Tod Machover from MIT Media LAB presenting his work in HyperInstruments, and Gil Weinberg and The Robotic Musicianship Group at Georgia Tech performing with Shimon, an improvising robotic marimba player that uses artificial intelligence.

Orchestral Ensembles
The intergalactic voyagers of Sun Ra Arkestra channel the cosmic philosopher himself. Arthur Russell’s Instrumentals ensemble, making their US debut. Floating Points’ live project veers fluidly from warm electronic to jazz to sonic space rhythms.

Dance Floor Titans
Ryan Hemsworth brings together a crew of international DJ/producer friends for a kick-off party. Celebrated king of late-night disco, DJ Harvey gets down with other dance and techno luminaries Robert Hood, Kode9, and Simian Mobile Disco, with ascending masters Kyle Hall and Paula Temple who will be transforming a downtown venue into a deep, dark dance party.

Don Buchla Celebration
This day-to-night program, curated by Richard Smith, features performances from masterminds in analog sound, including Grammy-nominated producer Suzanne Ciani and Nine Inch Nail accomplice / solo artist Alessandro Cortini. Smith’s personal collection of Buchla instruments and documentation, one of the world’s most comprehensive, will be on display throughout the festival weekend.

All Ages
Free and open to the public, an entire day of music programming and workshops that celebrate electronic music for kids of all ages. Hosted by DJ Lance Rock & Yo Gabba Gabba, with Mark Mothersbaugh, Bootsy Collins, DJ Nanny Cantaloupe, thereminist Dorit Chrysler, Johnny Bravo creator Van Partible and creative scientist Kate Stone. Also, Modular On the Spot, an outdoor modular synth performance and picnic-style gathering.

Durationals are three to four-hour-long experimental sessions with immersive visuals. Liturgy drummer Greg Fox kicks off the series, followed by legendary hip hop producer Mike Dean, innovative electronic composer Suzanne Ciani, and others. Ambient, tribal, and trance music pioneer, Robert Rich performs the ultimate durational performance with a 10-hour sleep concert.

An Intimate Sanctuary
An afternoon of intimate church performances by the joyously hypnotic singer songwriters Julianna Barwick, Moses Sumney, Daniel Bachman, Julia Holter, and 2015 Welsh Music Prize Winner Gwenno making her US Debut.

Curated Conversations
The first human Cyborg, Neil Harbison curates a provocative conversation about Transhumanism. Chuck Lightning, of Janelle Monáe’s Wondaland Arts Society, organizes an Afrofuturism program. Ryan Germick, leader of the Google Doodle team, hosts an expanded talk-show about The Future with guests including veteran Pixar story artist Emma Coates, and cartoonist and comic theorist Scott McCloud.

Reggae Hacker Soundsystem
A conversation with journalists Angus Taylor, David Katz and artists Laurent “Tippy” Alfred, Lister Hewan-Lowe, and Mad Professor culminates in an outdoor Saturday party with a true-to-form reggae soundsystem. Mad Professor also leads a masterclass as part of the daytime program.

Radio and the Radiophonic
Explore radio as technology and practice with Megapolis Audio Festival and Anna Friz, Jeff Kolar, Kaitlin Prest, and Sharon Mashihi. Popular audio podcasts, Song Exploder from Hrishikesh Hirway, and No Effects from Tanlines’ Jesse Cohen, will be recorded in front of a live audience.

Film Festival
A daily exploration of music in science fiction and horror films opens with ADULT. performing a live score to The Three Grace(s) Triptych, I Speak Machine live scoring three of their science fiction shorts, The Haxan Cloak and Leopold Ross in conversation following a screening of Crocodile Gennardiy, plus It Follows with composer Rich Vreeland. The expanded film program continues with Future Projections, a program of short film and video work drawn from 125 years of techno-prophecy, curated by Ben Russell.

Art Installations
Interactive media art and immersive sonic environments throughout the festival, including a 50th anniversary tribute to the 1966 performances by Experiments in Art and Technology. New commissions and site-specific collaborations developed in partnership with the Research Triangle Park, innovation consultancy IDEO, artists Kyle McDonald and Lori Napoleon aka Antenes.

Masterclasses and Workshops
Charting a course for the future, Moogfest invites attendees to participate in workshops, expert demos, and masterclasses. The program ranges from the experimental, to the practical and professional–for either novice or expert. Masterclasses are hosted in theater spaces, while workshops in classrooms and labs throughout the city are limited to small groups. Stay tuned for schedule and registration details.

A growing list of participants include: Actress, ADULT., Alessandro Cortini, Amos Gaynes, Angus Taylor, Anna Friz, Antenes, Arthur Russell’s Instrumentals, Ben Frost, Ben Russell, Bicep, Blazer Soundsystem, Blood Orange, The Body, Bootsy Collins, Christian Rich, Chuck Lightning, Daniel Bachman, Daniel Lanois, Dave Tompkins, David Katz, Dawn of Midi, Dawn Richard, Daye Jack, Demo Taped, Dennis Bovell, Denzel Curry, DJ Harvey, DJ Lance Rock & Yo Gabba Gabba, DJ Nanny Cantaloupe, Dorit Chrysler, Earthly, Emma Coates, Empress Of, Explosions in the Sky, Floating Points, Gary Numan, Gil Weinberg & Shimon Project, Greg Fox, Grouper, Gwenno, GZA, Hanz, The Haxan Cloak, Heathered Pearls, Hieroglyphic Being, Hundred Waters, I Speak Machine, Jaakko Eino Kalevi, Jaron Lanier, Jeff Kolar, Jlin, Julia Holter, Juliana Huxtable, Julianna Barwick, Justin Grotelueschen, Kaitlin Prest, Karen Gwyer, Kate Stone, King Mez, Kode9, Kristen Gallerneaux, Kyle Hall, Kyle McDonald, Larry Gus, Laurel Halo, Laurent “Tippy” Alfred, Laurie Anderson, Leopold Ross, Lister Hewan-Lowe, Lotic, Lunice, M. Geddes Gengras, Mac McCaughan, Mad Professor, Made of Oak, Mark Mothersbaugh, Dr. Martine Rothblatt, Mike Dean, Modular on the Spot, Moses Sumney, Mykki Blanco, Neil Harbisson, No Effects with Jesse Cohen, ODESZA, Olivia Block, Oneohtrix Point Never, Onyx Ashanti, The Orb, Paula Temple, Professor Toon, Qrion, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Rabit, RBTS Win, Reggie Watts, Rich Vreeland, Rick Smith, Rival Consoles, Robert Hood, Robert Rich, Ryan Germick, Ryan Hemsworth, Sam Conran, Scott McCloud, Shallou, Sharon Mashihi, Silver Apples, Simian Mobile Disco, Son Lux, Song Exploder with Hrishikesh, Sun Ra Arkestra, sunn O))), Susan Kare, Suzanne Ciani, Tim Hecker, Toby Heys, Tod Machover, Tory Lanez, Trandle, Tyondai Braxton, UV boi, Van Partible, Veronica Vasicka, Via App, Well$, YACHT, Zombi.

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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  1. Barry Summers December 8, 2015

    And they’re only asking Durham for $150,000.

    I wonder if Pat McCrory will be invited to campaign there like Moog invited him here?

    1. chris December 9, 2015

      “And they’re only asking Durham for $150,000.”

      Perhaps because their lineup is a pale rehash of last Moogfest’s lineup?


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