Moogfest 2016 Moves to Durham, NC

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First of all, let’s get the pronunciation straight. You should not sound like you’re imitating a cow when you say Moogfest. As Robert Moog himself no doubt spent much of his life reminding people, the surname he gave to his trailblazing line of analog synths rhymes with “rogue.” Hell he even named one of his instruments that just to spell it out for people. Anyhow, the annual celebration of Dr. Moog’s creations, which brings together some of the finest electronic musicians from around the world each year, has just announced its 2016 dates as well as a new location.

Moogfest, which has been running since 2004 in Asheville, NC, will happen in Durham, NC for the first time next year, from May 19-22. Judging by the participants in the previous events, there will be an awesome array of artists performing at Moogfest 2016. Kraftwerk, Brian Eno, Massive Attack, M83, Grimes, Tangerine Dream, Moderat and Squarepusher are just a few who have graced the festival’s stage in the past. If you hop on it now, you can get an Early Bird ticket for $99.00.

Moog Music Unveils $90k Emerson Modular System at Moogfest

Moog New Emerson Modular System

Fifty years after introducing the Moog Modular, which was the world’s first voltage controlled synthesizer, Moog Music unveiled the new Emerson System at Moogfest, honoring Keith Emerson, of Emerson, Lake & Palmer fame, and his seminal collaboration with Bob Moog. Development of the custom handcrafted unit took three years with designers using the original documentation as well as circuit board and art files for nearly every original Moog module. To celebrate the introduction of the new Emerson Moog Modular System, Moog Music featured Emerson as a headliner at Moogfest 2014. In the video below, Emerson explains how he came to know Bog Moog and the learning curve he faced when he bought his first Moog synth.

According to Gizmodo, the unit will sell for at least $90,000. Crazy? You decide.