Halloween weekend sparks the second annual Moogfest, a festival dedicated to Robert Moog, the man whose musical creativity and inventiveness changed the path of music and pioneered the electronic genre. When his first Moog synthesizers were introduced in the 60’s, they were among the first electronic instruments to gain international appreciation among musicians and were capable of producing sounds that had never been heard before. Since then, they have become highly desired instruments for musicians across the globe in all genres of music.
The festival will be hosted in Asheville, North Carolina, the home of Moog’s headquarters as well as the city Mr. Moog spent the last 30 years of his life, until his passing in 2005. Moogfest will showcase live music in a variety of venues in Asheville’s historic downtown, as well as workshops, an art show (featuring 77 million paintings by electronic legend Brian Eno) and even a costume contest.
Although there is a plethora of activities happening during the three-day long festival, the largest draw is the music, and this year’s lineup is pretty damn impressive. Friday, October 28, features Moby, TV on the Radio (shown above) and Chromeo; Saturday, October 29 features The Flaming Lips, STS9 and Crystal Castles, and Sunday, October 30, features Passion Pit and M83, with a full lineup of around 70 acts, which can be found here. And though Moog’s variety of instruments—the Minimoog Voyage, the Little Phatty, the Etherwave Theremin, Moogerfoogers and the Moog Guirar—will play an integral role during the festival, the musical acts are not chosen based on the use of these instruments, but rather for their unique and experimental sounds, creating groundbreaking musical experiences that embody Rober Moog’s creative spirit and help his legacy live on for years to come.