Moogfest has announced the Moogfest Audiotool competition, offering participants a chance to play at Moogfest and get released on a compilation.
Starting today, Moogfest is inviting anyone to produce a track – using the free cloud-based audio workstation Audiotool – and submit it to the Moogfest Competition. The winner gets to play a set at Moogfest in Asheville, North Carolina, taking place from the 23rd to the 27th of April 2014. The winner will also, along with 7 runners up, have their tracks included on a limited edition release which will go out to the artists, VIPs and press who will be attending Moogfest.
Participants will have until the 25th of March to submit a track to the competition. A select panel including some of the Moogfest artists will then judge the tracks, with the the winner being announced on 1 April 2014.
Moogfest is the annual festival that celebrates the innovative spirit of founder Dr. Robert Moog, an American pioneer of electronic music and inventor of the Moog synthesizer. Emmy Parker, Brand Director at Moog Music Inc commented: “Moogfest represents the synthesis of technology, music and art. Audiotool’s innovative platform empowers emerging artists to create on their own terms. We are excited to offer Audiotool’s rich community of musicmakers an opportunity to be a part of Moogfest 2014.”
Since the 50s Moog Music has pioneered and developed devices that offer artists endless possibilities when it comes to creating sound. Audiotool, which started in 2008, brings together a range of retro and new school synthesizer emulations running in the browser, allowing collaboration and free access for anyone. The browser-based audio workstation is all about democratising the process of music creation and collaboration in the cloud. This partnership offers a unique opportunity to combine forces and to capitalize on the natural strengths and alignment of the two brands.
Audiotool inventor André Michelle said: “this partnership is huge for us and our users will be super excited about the chance of winning a set at Moogfest, for one just because of the incredible line-up. It’s also a unique opportunity for Audiotool users to have their music critiqued by some of the Moogfest artists.”
The contest submission phase ends March 25th, 2014. The winners will be announced April 1st, 2014.
The grand prize is playing live set at Moogfest (flight, hotel and artist pass included), and 1st – 8th place winners will get their tracks on the Moogfest 2014 compilation.
Moogfest 2014 organizers have announced their lineup of daytime presenters, which includes a kick-ass lineup of futurists, musicians, scientists, authors, filmmakers and pioneers of electronic music instrument design.
The lineup includes multimedia artist Laurie Anderson, disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder, film composer Cliff Martinez, futurist thinkers Jerome Glenn, Nick Bostrom, and George Dvorsky plus MIT Media Lab’s Joseph Paradiso, Sonification Professor Bruce Walker, and more from Make Magazine, OMNI, and SETI (Search of Extraterrestrial Intelligence).
And then there’s the Electronic Music Instrument Pioneers: Herbert Deutsch, Roger Linn, Don Buchla, Tom Oberheim, Dave Smith, Malcolm Cecil, Keith Emerson and more.
Moogfest takes place April 23-27th, 2014 in downtown Asheville, NC.
Here are the details:
Moogfest 2014 Daytime Presenters
Moogfest is a five-day festival dedicated to the synthesis of technology, art and music.
The daytime conference is guided by pioneers of music and technology with a participatory program of intervention and collaboration:
- 5 days of talks, presentations, and film screenings with futurist thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, artists, and musicians
- 5 days of New Media art installations and interactive technology experiences/exhibitions
- Synth building workshops and other interactive education
Here is the list of confirmed presenters:
- Laurie Anderson - Musician, composer, pioneer in electronic music and one of the great experimental performance artists.
- Giorgio Moroder – Record producer, songwriter, film score composer and pioneer of disco and electronic music.
- Cliff Martinez - Composer best known for his epic and haunting film scores, which include Drive, Solaris and Traffic.
- Jerome C. Glenn - Co-founder and Director of The Millennium Project, a renowned expert on Future Studies.
- Dr. Nick Bostrom - Futurist and philosopher at the University of Oxford. Director of the Future of Humanity Institute and the Program(me) on the Impacts of Future Technology.
- George Dvorsky - Futurist concerned with the ethical and sociological impacts of emerging technologies.
- Dr. Joseph Paradiso - Associate Professor at MIT Media Lab’s Media Arts and Sciences program and Co-Director of the Things That Think Consortium, which examines the extreme future of embedded computation and sensing.
- Bruce Walker - Associate Professor at the Schools of Psychology and Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
- Mark Frauenfelder - Founding Editor-In-Chief of MAKE magazine, founder and Co-Editor of the weblog/print zine Boing Boing and Editor-In-Chief of Cool-Tools.org.
- Claire Evans - Musician, artist and science writer. Editor-In-Chief at the science fiction magazine OMNI, investigating the intersection of art and science.
- Forrest M. Mims III - Author, researcher, lecturer and columnist. Written more than 60 books about science, lasers, computers and electronics.
- Charles Lindsay - Photographer and artist, is the first of its kind, Artist in Residence at the SETI (Search of Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute.
- Hans Fjellestad - Director, producer, writer and editor of the 2004 documentary Moog and producer and writer of 2009′s The Heart Is A Drum Machine.
- Herbert Deutsch - Composer, educator and inventor. Professor Emeritus of Electronic Music and Composition at Hofstra University. Collaborated with Bob Moog in the development of the Moog Synthesizer in 1964.
- Roger Linn - Industrial designer of electronic drum machines and guitar effects pedals. His products are used on countless famous recordings.
- Don Buchla - Synthesizer pioneer and founder of electronic music equipment company Buchla and Associates.
- Tom Oberheim - Audio engineer and maker of analogue synthesizers, effects processors, sequencers and drum machines.
- Malcolm Cecil - Creator of TONTO, the world’s first multi-timbral, polyphonic analog audio synthesizer.
- Dave Smith - Engineer and musician. Known as the “Father of MIDI” for his role in the development of MIDI.
- Keith Emerson - English keyboardist and composer. Founder of Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Acknowledged as one of the most technically accomplished keyboardist in rock history.
- Jason Amm – Filmmaker, music producer, remixer. Performs as Solvent, co-owner of record label Suction. Amm is also the producer of the independent documentary “I Dream Of Wires” which explores the history, demise and resurgence of the modular synthesizer.
In addition to the daytime lineup, Moogfest by night will offer five evenings of musical performances by new trailblazers, early pioneers of electronic music and major headliners in over ten venues across the city, including arena concerts and new music showcases.
Additional daytime programming, and nighttime performing artists will be announced shortly.
General Admission and VIP tickets for Moogfest are available now at Moogfest.com. Phase 1 tickets start at $199 for 5-Day General Admission, plus a limited number of $499 5-Day VIP Admission (while supplies last) through December 19 when Phase 2 GA tickets go up to $299. All ticket prices are exclusive of applicable fees.
Moogfest also hosts free events throughout the festival which are open to the public:
- 4 day street festival, including new media art installations and live music
- 2 day North Carolina Tech Expo & Interactive Job Fair
- 5 day new electronic instrument pop-up shop