Sony Digital Rapids Pixel Power calrec Sony

Moogfest 2017

19/05/2017

SOS synth guru Gordon Reid reports from North Carolina festival

Synthesis

Place / Event > Conference, Trade Show

Is it a music festival? Is it an arts festival? Is it a science and technology conference? Is it a forum to promote and debate weird ideas that sound like extracts from second-rate science fiction novels but may be much more than that? Or is it something else entirely? In truth, it's all of these things and more and, as I've watched the final preparations for Moogfest 2017 over the past three days, I've been acutely aware of the massive undertaking that the festival has now become. Growing from humble beginnings in 2004 as a small New York event aimed at Moog synthesizer aficionados, the latest incarnation of Moogfest is a huge, four-day festival comprising nearly 400 events that sprawl right across the city of Durham in North Carolina.

Trying to convey the scope of the festival is daunting. There are engineering workshops; concerts that range from world famous players and bands performing in major venues to obscure artists playing in even more obscure genres in intimate surroundings; lectures from eminent academics and industry figures; computing workshops; workshops on the place of music in politics; protest planning groups (yes, you read that correctly!); speculations on the interacting futures of music and technology and their evolving relationships with humanity' master classes on specific instruments; film presentations; business planning workshops; two synthesizer shops with some genuine bargains to be had and more. For much of the festival, you're going to need a ticket, with access to the various events determined by the type of pass you buy, but there's also much that's free of charge distributed across the four days, including DJ parties and musical performances, workshops, conversations and access to all of the shops and exhibits.

The Subsequent 37 CV is being built and sold at Moogfest today and over the next three days. Last night, I asked Casey Steinbacher, former CEO of the Durham Chamber Of Commerce, why the festival had relocated from Moog's home city of Asheville to Durham in 2016. She explained, Durham is not only a lovely, cosmopolitan city with a great university, it's the heart of a technological bubble at the forefront of scientific and business development. The city is an incubator for innovators and start-ups, and we're very proud that several of the businesses in the complex where part of Moogfest is based have been acquired by leading tech' companies, but have chosen to remain in Durham rather than relocate to Silicon Valley and elsewhere. This combination of a young, vibrant university city and cutting-edge technology made it perfect for Moogfest so, when I suggested this to Mike Adams at Moog Music, he simply said, let's talk about that , and here we are. We have an international airport to make transportation really convenient, and great support from the local community as well as the festival sponsors, so we plan for Moogfest to be based here until at least 2020, and hopefully much longer than that.

Moog engineers build the brand new Subsequent 37 CV in the Moog Store by Guitar Center at Moogfest.Of course, you can't have Moogfest without talking about Moog synthesizers, and yesterday the company announced a significant revision to its Sub 37 monosynth, now renamed the Subsequent 37 CV. The first 100 or so of these are being built by Moog's production staff in public in what they call the pop-up factory' on one of the main sites. I watched the first of these synths emerge from boxes of metalwork, circuit boards, knobs, nuts and bolts, moving down the production line from initial assembly, through calibration, finishing and final testing, and I suspect that many synth enthusiasts and DIY-ers will be fascinated to see how the pros do it. Mind you, I doubt that Moog will reach their production targets, because this isn't happening behind glass' and the staff are accessible to anyone who wants to interrupt and engage in conversation.

This Moog IIIc is proudly on display at Moogfest. Photo courtesy of Guitar Center. A few feet away, the production prototype of the Moog IIIC modular synth dwarfs the Subsequent 37s rolling off the production line. Following on from the System 35 and System 55 that were launched in 2015, this is another spin-off from the technology that made possible the limited edition Emerson Moog Modular synth that was unveiled three years ago at Moogfest 2014. It's a beautiful instrument and, even on set-up day, there was a constant stream of people trying to get their hands on it, often resulting in the cacophony that inevitably occurs when someone who has never used a Moog Modular gets his (it's always the men!) hands on one.

At the other end of the scale, there's a much smaller instrument that's also garnering considerable interest. At recent Moogfests there have been engineering workshops in which registered attendees can build their own Moog synthesizer (and, when completed, take it home). Last time I was here, it was the Werkstatt, which was later launched as a product in its own right. This year, it's the DFAM, a small analogue percussion monosynth based upon the Moog Mother 32. The tag line on the front panel, the Drummer From Another Mother' tells all.

Surrounded by dozens of synth fanatics in the pop-up factory a couple of hours ago, I spoke to Trent Thompson, Moog's Product Marketing Manager, and he enthused, Where else can you build people's dream instruments in front of them, and then hand over these awesome tools that are used to make music? When it's over, we'll be exhausted but also inspired by all of the interactions and feedback over the four days. It's good for us as people and as a com
LINK: http://www.soundonsound.com/news/moogfest-2017...
See more stories from soundonsound

Most recent headlines

26/05/2017

Neoen enters framework agreement with Schneider Electric for 750 MW of solar solutions and services worldwide

Neoen, the premier French independent power producer and Schneider Electric, the...

26/05/2017

VIZ MEDIA DETAILS PANEL DISCUSSION EVENTS FOR FANIMECON 2017

VIZ MEDIA DETAILS PANEL DISCUSSION EVENTS FOR FANIMECON 2017 Northern California's Largest Annual Anime Convention To Host VIZ Media, Shonen Jump and SAILO...

26/05/2017

SBS explores and celebrates distinctive Indigenous stories for National Reconciliation Week

SBS explores and celebrates distinctive Indigenous stories for National Reconcil...

26/05/2017

SCANDEC TAKES ON OPTOCORE DISTRIBUTION FOR NORWAY

And BroaMan dealership will also help broaden the broadcast market Scandec set up as a distribution company back in 1984 and today has 37 employees representin...

26/05/2017

RTI Partners With DEALER to Bring Control Solutions to TecnoMultimedia InfoComm Brasil 2017 »

New RTI Distributor DEALER Will Showcase the Complete RTI Control and Automation...

26/05/2017

RTI Appoints Justin Bresnahan as Director of Training »

Sales and Training Expert to Expand RTIs Educational Program as Part of Continued Dedication to World-Class Dealer Support SHAKOPEE, Minn. - May 25, 2017 - RTI...

26/05/2017

Fujifilm Launches MK50-135mm Cinema Lens

WAYNE, N.J.-The Optical Devices Division of Fujifilm is ready to roll out the latest in the MK series of cinema lenses, the Fujinon MK50-135mm T2.9 zoom lens. A...

26/05/2017

Sony Introduces 100mm F2.8 STF G Master™ with Highest Ever Quality Bokeh for an a Lens

New Full-frame 85mm F1.8 Mid-telephoto prime lens and Compact Radio-Controlled F...

26/05/2017

Sony a7s camera captures the ISS passing in front of the moon at 28,000 km/h

Thierry Legault On 4th February, 2017, amateur astronomer Thierry Legault filmed the International Space Station (ISS) as it passed through the middle of the f...

26/05/2017

Sony's New a9 Camera Revolutionises the Professional Imaging Market

Groundbreaking Full-frame Mirrorless Camera Delivers Unmatched Speed, Versatility and Usability World's first[i] full-frame stacked CMOS sensor, 24.2 MP[ii...

26/05/2017

?Videoblocks Launches The Most Artist-friendly Stock Photo Marketplace, Giving Photographers 100% Of Their Sales

-- VideoBlocks,the first subscription-based provider of royalty-free stock med...

26/05/2017

Vicon launches new motion capture software Shogun at FMX 2017

-- Vicon, the motion capture technology specialist for the entertainment, engineering and life sciences industries, will be announcing the launch of its new V...

26/05/2017

Alcons extends the Cinemarray? cinema line-array range

-- Alcons extends the Cinemarray cinema line-array range -- Thu, 25 May 2017 10:31 -- Aimed at medium-to-larger sized premium cinemas, the Alcons three...

26/05/2017

Naomi Climer to receive TVBAwards Lifetime Achievement honour

Naomi Climer to receive TVBAwards Lifetime Achievement honour posted: 26/05/2017 Naomi Climer, former president of the Institute of Engineering and Technol...

26/05/2017

LDG Adds SolaSpot 1500s To Good Morning America

LDG Adds SolaSpot 1500s To Good Morning America posted: 26/05/2017 As the largest lighting design firm in the broadcast industry, LDG (Lighting Design Grou...

26/05/2017

The Film Academy is honouring professionals behind the scenes

The Film Academy is honouring professionals behind the scenes La instituci n premia a Tito Arcas, Mar a Bardem, Richard Cruz, Antonio Fern ndez Santamar a, Bel...

26/05/2017

Atresmedia reinforces its commitment to the market of digital advertising with the purchase of Smartclip Latam

Atresmedia reinforces its commitment to the market of digital advertising with t...

26/05/2017

Fuji estrena en Cine Gear Expo una nueva lente de su serie MK

Fuji estrena en Cine Gear Expo una nueva lente de su serie MK Con un rango combinado de longitud focal de 18mm-135mm, junto con las lentes MK18-55mm y MK50-135...

26/05/2017

Alcons extends the Cinemarray? cinema line-array range

-- Alcons extends the Cinemarray cinema line-array range -- Thu, 25 May 2017 10:31 -- Aimed at medium-to-larger sized premium cinemas, the Alcons three...

26/05/2017

DStv unit to pay R180m fine for price fixing

-- DStv unit to pay R180m fine for price fixing -- Fri, 26 May 2017 11:22 -- DStv Media Sales has been fined R180million for price fixing and the fixin...

26/05/2017

Mega8 eSports partners with UK-based Ginx TV

-- Mega8 eSports partners with UK-based Ginx TV -- Fri, 26 May 2017 12:14 -- Mega8 eSports is proud to announce a new broadcast partnership with UK-base...

26/05/2017

Hollywood studios ‘need to prioritise content security'

Digital media agency DMS has called on Hollywood studios to be more vigilant regarding their content security. The statement follows news that hackers are hold...

26/05/2017

EFL agrees new three-year radio rights deals

The English Football League has agreed new rights deals with both the BBC and talkSPORT. The current deal ends following the Play-Offs this weekend. talkSPORT...

26/05/2017

Japanese broadcaster Chukyo TV equips new broadcast suites with IHSE KVM switching system

Japanese broadcaster Chukyo TV equips new broadcast suites with IHSE KVM switchi...

26/05/2017

Broadcast Products adds FileCatalyst to its products portfolio

Broadcast Products adds FileCatalyst to its products portfolio posted: 26/05/2017 Broadcast Products and FileCatalyst Develop a Partnership that Brings Fil...

26/05/2017

Live Stream from Cockpit Directly to Facebook Live

Live Stream from Cockpit Directly to Facebook Live posted: 26/05/2017 O'Connell's Live Video Stream from Inside Moving Race Car Debuts During Clar...

26/05/2017

?Videoblocks Launches The Most Artist-friendly Stock Photo Marketplace, Giving Photographers 100% Of Their Sales

-- VideoBlocks,the first subscription-based provider of royalty-free stock med...

26/05/2017

Vicon launches new motion capture software Shogun at FMX 2017

-- Vicon, the motion capture technology specialist for the entertainment, engineering and life sciences industries, will be announcing the launch of its new V...

26/05/2017

Rohde & Schwarz acquires...

GMIT, a subsidiary of Munich-based technology group Rohde & Schwarz, has acquired the technology of Motama. The acquisition will expand the Berlin-based company...

26/05/2017

UKs Gatwick Airport installs navigation beacons for...

Around 2000 beacons have been installed across Gatwick Airport's two terminals providing an indoor navigation system that is much more reliable than GPS and...

26/05/2017

Debonairs Pizza Calls On South Africans To ‘Un-Lamba' Themselves

26 May, 2017 - 07:53 South Africa's leading quick service restaurant in the pizza sector for some 25 years, Debonairs Pizza, is getting the country movi...

26/05/2017

“SA's gayest music video” receives SAMA nod

26 May, 2017 - 08:10 A voluptuous drag queen struts her stuff through the streets of Cape Town as her flamboyant wardrobe transforms in the The Kiffness'...

26/05/2017

Charlize Theron produced TV show a Netflix hit

26 May, 2017 - 08:24 South African born actress Charlize Theron is an executive producer on the popular new Netflix series. Britt Robertson is no stranger t...

26/05/2017

Alcons extends the Cinemarray? cinema line-array range

-- Alcons extends the Cinemarray cinema line-array range -- Thu, 25 May 2017 10:31 -- Aimed at medium-to-larger sized premium cinemas, the Alcons three...

26/05/2017

Live X produces iOS streams for Teradek Studio at Mojocon

Live X produces iOS streams for Teradek Studio at Mojocon posted: 26/05/2017 by Corey Behnke Live X produced all twenty streams for the Teradek Studio a...

26/05/2017

Bark in the Park, Two Fireworks Shows Highlight Bulls Homestand

Two Fireworks Shows, $1 Concessions, ZOOperstars! Appearance Also Scheduled Fireworks at the DBAP The Durham Bulls return to the DBAP on Tuesday, May 30 for a...

26/05/2017

?Videoblocks Launches The Most Artist-friendly Stock Photo Marketplace, Giving Photographers 100% Of Their Sales

-- VideoBlocks,the first subscription-based provider of royalty-free stock med...

26/05/2017

Vicon launches new motion capture software Shogun at FMX 2017

-- Vicon, the motion capture technology specialist for the entertainment, engineering and life sciences industries, will be announcing the launch of its new V...

26/05/2017

Summus Render organizes a meeting among major animation studios in Annecy

Summus Render organizes a meeting among major animation studios in Annecy El 14 de junio, en el marco del festival franc s de animaci n, tendr lugar el encuen...

26/05/2017

Death of the director and producer Álvaro de Aguinaga

Death of the director and producer lvaro de Aguinaga Dirigi y realiz programas como Buenas tardes', De la A a la Z', Investigaci n en marcha'...

26/05/2017

TOA UK hits 40-year...

[L-R] Kosuke Tanaka, managing director of TOA (UK), and his wife Machiko; Toshio Sakata, senior vice president; and Yoshinori Masuno, general manager of EMEA an...

26/05/2017

Matrox targets higher ed...

Matrox Graphics is offering AV over IP training focused on higher education settings at InfoComm 2017. Applications of IP-based AV Technologies in Education&...

26/05/2017

NEC hails Solutions...

NEC Display Solutions is celebrating a successful Solutions Showcase that saw approximately 1,500 visitors attend the two day London event. The NEC Solutions ...

26/05/2017

Stumpfl brothers share leadership at AV Stumpfl

L-R: Fabian and Tobias Stumpfl Fabian Stumpfl has joined his brother Tobias Stumpfl as CEO at the Austrian AV technology manufacturer AV Stumpfl. Prior to his ...

26/05/2017

Bark in the Park, Two Fireworks Shows Highlight Bulls' Homestand

Two Fireworks Shows, $1 Concessions, ZOOperstars! Appearance Also Scheduled Fireworks at the DBAP The Durham Bulls return to the DBAP on Tuesday, May 30 for a...

26/05/2017

Alcons extends the Cinemarray? cinema line-array range

-- Alcons extends the Cinemarray cinema line-array range -- Thu, 25 May 2017 10:31 -- Aimed at medium-to-larger sized premium cinemas, the Alcons three...

26/05/2017

Disney Channel Renews ‘Andi Mack' for Second Season

Disney Channel has ordered a second season of Andi Mack, a series that follows the life of a not-so-typical 13-year-old girl. Production will resume in July in...

26/05/2017

Primetime Ratings: CBS Seizes Title With ‘Survivor' Finale

CBS was the winner among broadcasters Wednesday, posting a 1.7 rating in viewers 18-49, and a 7 share. That was just ahead of Fox's 1.6/7. The Survivor fina...

26/05/2017

History Orders Drama ‘Blue Book' From A+E Studios

History has given a 10-episode, straight-to-series order to scripted drama Blue Book. Robert Zemeckis is executive producing the project, and A E Studios is pro...

26/05/2017

'In Depth' Inks New International Deals

In Depth With Graham Bensinger has inked multi-year syndication deals with four international outlets. The pacts will extend the interview show's reach wit...