Moogfest / Asheville, NC / 2014

The Crystal Ark, in sequins and glory

The Crystal Ark, in sequins and glory

Beyond the music, Moogfest is a meeting of the minds. It’s a showcase of digital music at this point in time, and a venue for discussion on where and how music can evolve. During this year’s Moogfest, I attended a panel on the Future of Instruments presented by Cyril Lance of Moog Music, Jesper Kouthoofd of Teenage Engineering, and Peter Kirn of Create Digital Music. Talking points spanned all angles; from analog to digital, from Maker/DIY to commercial. But where all of these points converged was the role music plays in our lives. One quote from this panel summed up the whole festival perfectly:

“Creating music and art are ways of celebrating the beautiful parts of being human.” – Cyril Lance (Chief Engineer of Moog Music)

Here’s a small sampling from what I saw during Moogfest 2014 (I’m being sort of biased. Escort was just mind-blowing. I might have to do a full piece on them soon)…

Crowd favorites, Escort

Crowd favorite, Escort played two encores, ran out of songs and then covered “Tainted Love”

Le1f at New Earth during Moogfest

Le1f sporting Janet Jackson at New Earth

Escort hypnotizes a packed crowd during Moogfest

Escort hypnotizes a packed crowd

Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks... things out of my childhood dreams

Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks… things out of my childhood dreams

Escort performing at a shoulder-to-shoulder show inside Asheville Music Hall

Escort performing at a shoulder-to-shoulder show inside Asheville Music Hall

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