|Dial-Tones Format The format of Moogfest Dial-Tones includes a workshop component that invites anyone to assemble and understand the inter-workings of the Moog Werkstatt-01 Synthesizer, followed by an improvisational style performance curated by artists who reside in that city. Moogfest Dial-Tones aims to create an intimate space where the attendees can interact with technology, a Moog engineer and the participating artists.Via electronic oscillation, the program is designed to engage the learning center of our minds and then entrance it with the hypnotizing effects of drone music.
|WorkshopMoogfest hosts two free workshops in each city - daytime is co-hosted with a local community organization for school children and evening workshops are open to adults (who can purchase the synth they build at a discounted rate of $149). Workshops are followed by a Q&A with a Moog engineer. Admission is first come first served and is limited to twenty people per workshop. Those interested in attending can sign up here: dialtonesla.eventbrite.com.
|PerformanceThe curating artist is asked to work with an alternative approach to their usual performance stylings, instead dialing into an improvisational realm of sustained tones and cascading moods. These will be singular performances, never to be recreated or repeated again. Performances are led by the curator, sometimes joined by other musical guests. Sets will be recorded and in some cities, live-streamed. After parties will follow the performance.
Additionally, in some markets, video artists will bring drone sounds into the visual realm in real-time for an all out synergistic effect of the senses.
|CuratorsThe Durham session is curated by Nick Sanborn, the synth half of pop duo Sylvan Esso who recently announced his solo project under the moniker Made of Oak. Moogfest Dial-Tones continues in Los Angeles on December 20, curated by famed West Coast producer, Nosaj Thing, who is widely known for helping shape LA’s beat scene and has collaborated with Kendrick Lamar, Kid Cudi, Busdriver, Nocando and Chance the Rapper. Jas Shaw, synth enthusiast and member of Simian Mobile Disco, is curating the event in London. Dial-Tones continues through Portland, San Francisco, New York and London. Other curators will be announced shortly.
|Moog Music & Ace Hotel Cassette SeriesIn partnership with Twin Springs Tapes, Moog Music & Ace Hotel will produce a limited run of cassettes as an end cap to the Dial-Tones series. The tapes will feature recordings from select artists further exploring minimalism & ambient tone clusters. They will be available at Ace Hotel and included in select Moog synthesizer packages.|