Tag: Moogfest 2018

Interview: Suzanne Ciani

Suzanne Ciani is a five-time Grammy award nominated composer, electronic music pioneer, and neo-classical recording artist whose work has been featured in countless commercials, video games, and feature films. Over the course of her 30+ year career, she’s released 15 solo albums, provided the voice and sounds for Bally’s groundbreaking “Xenon” pinball machine, received the 2017 Moog Innovation Award, played concerts all over the globe, and carved out a niche as one of the most creatively successful female composers in the world. At last month’s Moogfest 2018, Suzanne Ciani and collaborator, Layne, unveiled the world premiere of live score in ... Read more

Moogfest 2018: A Festival Lesson For The Resistance

Durham, North Carolina may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking (electronic) music festival, but this small city in the American South annually plays host to one of the finest and most forward thinking celebrations of music, technology, art, and politics around. With a mission set in growth and philosophy, and a 2018 focus on lineup diversity, Moogfest is a dual approach event, splitting its education and entrepreneurship focused days with cutting edge performance nights. Set across 4 days, 17 – 20 May, the festival is spread across multiple venues throughout the newly developed city of ... Read more

Interview: Ellen Allien

What could possibly be said about Ellen Allien that hasn’t already been…a first generation female DJ, Internationally touring artist, label owner, and role model, Ellen has done and been nearly everywhere for her two decades+ in the scene. Last weekend, we met up on site in North Carolina as she followed up Helena Hauff at Moogfest’s opening night. With new remixes of Mount Kimbie‘s T.A.M.E.D. available now, a huge North American tour (with stops at Movement Detroit, Electric Island Toronto, and more), a We Are Not Alone Off Week party on 15 June, there’s tons to talk about over a ... Read more

Interview: Moritz Simon Geist

A performer, musicologist, and robotics engineer, Moritz Simon Geist aka Sonic Robots is a unique figure treading the lines between electronic music and electronics. Drawing from his background as both a classical musician and a robotics engineer, with an expertise in prototyping technologies and 3D-Printing, Geist’s projects range from robotic music performances to robotic sound installations with his immersive MR-808 Interactive a perfect example, allowing audience members to program the drum robot and listen to the emerging of the sound in realtime. His current installations, the kinetic sculpture Tripods Oneand the mini robot run Soft Manipulator, continue this track of ... Read more

Interview: Umfang

Born in New York City, raised in the Mid West, and now a staple of Brooklyn’s underground electronic scene, Umfang’s amorphous polyrhythmic Techno productions have been felt everywhere from Ninja Tune to Dekmantel. The co founder of the Discowman collective, and monthly resident of Brooklyn’s Technofeminism concept since 2012, consistently enjoys playing with people’s expectations of how a Techno set can be defined. With a political edge rooted in 21st Century ideals that push history, diversity, and accessibility throughout a still male-dominated industry, Umfang’s willingness to break the template has set her, and the multitude of emerging talents she has ... Read more