Five Hidden Gems of Moogfest
Moogfest started Wednesday and is in now in full swing, offering up tons of talent and guaranteeing that you’ll have very little reason to sleep before the end of the weekend. The performances so far have exceeded all expectations, and have included world-class musical acts, improvisational soundscapes, and presentations by artists, inventors, and even self-proclaimed cyborgs like synesthetic Neil Harbisson.
With a schedule the size of a city map and an incredible variety of music, conference-style presentations, and interactive art and technology workshops, how do festival-goers decide what to prioritize for Moogfest’s final days? Beyond obvious must-see acts, like Kraftwerk and M.I.A., the schedule is packed with events that might be flying just under your radar. This list is designed to help you navigate through the rest of your weekend, and may introduce you to something new to love.
FIVE Hidden Gems of Moogfest
1. Moog Yoga
When: Saturday and Sunday, April 26 & 27, 10-11 am
Where: Go Yoga Asheville (65 Biltmore Ave.)
You may not have realized it, but your festival pass includes a free yoga class at Asheville’s locally owned Go Yoga, a Baptiste-Inspired yoga studio in the heart of downtown and the exclusive yoga studio for Moogfest. From 10-11 am every morning of Moogfest, Go Yoga offers an all-levels, sweat- and music-filled practice that will help you get your groove back and recenter after a night of partying hard. Bring water and a towel (towels and mats are also available to rent). Classes are open to all, but free for Moogfest attendees.
2. Sounds of Space
When: Saturday, 11:30 am-1 pm
Where: Diana Wortham Theatre.
This panel brings together top scholars and artists to discuss the importance of researching sound in space. The presentations and ensuing discussion feature Dr. William Kurth (Dept. of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa), the Principal Investigator for the Radio and Plasma Wave Science Investigation on the Cassini mission to Saturn, Charles Lindsay, Artist in Residence at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute, and others.
3. I Dream of Wires
When: Saturday and Sunday, April 26 & 27, 12:30-2 pm
Where: Fine Arts Theater
Moogfest marks the international premiere of this independently produced documentary on the modular synthesizer, which features interviews with artists and innovators including Trent Reznor, John Foxx, Factory Floor, and companies like Modcan, who have taken an interest in revivifying the unique sound and potential of this technology. The documentary explores the revival of the modular synthesizer and its central role in the future of musical experimentation. Written and directed by Robert Fantinatto, produced and co-written by Jason Amm (Ghostly International recording artist Solvent).
Official trailer below:
4. RBTS WIN
When: Saturday, April 26, 9:30-10:30 pm
Where: The Emerald Lounge
RBTS WIN defies simple categorization. Band members Javier Bolea, Brien Worsham, John Chassner, and Kent Hernandez fuse a solid background in performance (all have been in rock and metal bands) with electronic innovation to create get-up-and-dance music, inspired by rock, soul, jazz, analog technology, and artistic experimentation. RBTS WIN is also your chance to check out a local act—three of its four incredibly talented members live in Asheville. Once the show is over, look out for the re-release of their album Palm Sunday and a forthcoming music video for the song “Death Magic,” with an aesthetic influenced by 70s Italian horror classics.
Check them out on Soundcloud here.
5: Patch, by Clemson School of Architecture
When: Saturday, 4/26 and Sunday, 4/27 from 9-11 am
Where: Broadway Outdoor Stage
Challenged to create an installation for this year’s Moogfest, the students of Clemson University’s School of Architecture came up with a way to link festival-goers and residents of the area in a space open to the public. Participants interface with one another and the surrounding environment through four areas, described as a “groundscape,” for conversation and personal connection, a “userscape,” where participants can interact with the environment by rearranging its elements, a “mediascape,” which includes interactive virtual games and technologies, and a “cloudscape” that marks the installation in time and space.
The full schedule is available here. Enjoy your weekend, kiddos.