Moogfest Announces Daytime Program Featuring Laurie Anderson, GZA, Grimes

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Tim Knox

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Organizers have also debuted an interactive web app.

In celebration of its theme of experimentation and collaboration across arts, technology and music, organizers of the 2016 Moogfest have turned its website into a 3D-like instrument that anyone can play.

The initiative, dubbed _substrate, allows the user to manipulate individual audio tracks by swiping, tapping, and clicking the screen.

Gary Numan, GZA, Haxan Cloak and More Announced for Moogfest 2016

The work is a collaboration between Moogfest, British musician The Haxan Cloak and Durham-based digital design firm Smashing Boxes. The experiment launches with a remix by The Haxan Cloak (Moses Sumney’s cover of Laurie Anderson’s “O Superman”), and will expand to feature other Moogfest artists in the months ahead.

The project accompanies today's announcement of Laurie Anderson, Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA, famed producer Daniel Lanois and others to the speakers lineup for the May 19-22 fest, which will take place for the first time in Durham, North Carolina.

The daytime program includes sessions with ambient house veterans The Orb, composer and producer Ben Frost, and musicians Reggie Watts, Tyondai Braxton and Mykki Blanco. Previously announced headlining performances include a three-night residency by Gary Numan, a two-night residency by GZA, ODESZA, Explosions In The Sky, Oneohtrix Point Never, Suzanne Ciani, Blood Orange and Floating Points.

Moogfest Announces Move to Durham, Sets Date for 2016 Return

Tickets for Moogfest 2016 are available for $249 (Festival Pass) and $499 (VIP Pass). For more information visit

Moogfest has been held eight times since launching in New York City in 2004. The biennial festival was last held in 2014 across the state in Asheville, where its namesake synthesizer company, Moog Music, is headquartered. Synthesizer pioneer Robert Moog, founder of the company which takes his name, died in 2005 after a battle with brain cancer.

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