Sunday, November 7, 2010

MOOGFEST October 29 - 31, 2010

Last weekend's first annual Moogfest in Asheville, NC featured 60 bands over three days. It was hard to pick who to see and of course some conflicts came up as the schedule between the three venues overlapped. All this was in honor of Robert Moog (pronounced with a long 'o' sound) and his Moog synthesizers (almost always pronounced with with a short 'o' sound) -- Bob Moog didn't really care, as long as people enjoyed his inventions! Here's my write up for PopMatters which felt like writing a term paper with all the detail and various subjects. T'was a crazy, busy weekend of music....

Also highly recommend the 2005 "Moog" documentary by Hans Fjellestad and its accompanying soundtrack which more like an expanded lovefest for the instruments. The music features a wide variety of tracks from synth pioneers Keith Emerson, Gary Numan, Devo and New Order to the chill vibe of The Album Leaf.