Moogfest 2017: The Revolution will be Synthesized

This past May, Moogfest returned to Durham, NC bringing its signature Future Thought and Future Sound program filled with more than 300 events over the course of 4 days.


The festival continued the conversation into topics that explore how technology, music and science can inspire one another.



Moogfest questions how we can collectively explore the creative technologies that are changing the world we live in? How do we create dialogue around a common idea and/or experience? These questions reverberate through the themes that the festival explores, like Technoshaminism and Machine Learning; and these questions were reflected in the Keynote lectures from Dr. Kate Shaw and Joe Davis, in the forward thinking music of so many Moogfest performers, and embedded in the rich history of synthesis and musical innovation that honors Bob Moog’s legacy.



Moogfest 2017 got a surprise drop-in from comic and actor Hannibal Buress who participated in the full duration of the festival. The lens of comedy was welcome and demystified some of the advanced topics featured in the Future Thought program. Hannibal took part in our synth-building workshop led by Moog engineer Steve Dunnington, led conversations with Flying Lotus, Animal Collective, and Syrinx, and wrapped up a long weekend of stimulating experiences with a surprise stand-up show.



Moogfest offered a broad array of programmatic experiences that aligned with Durham’s continued growth as a hub for innovation. “It was tremendously exciting to see the energy Moogfest brought to Downtown Durham for the second year in a row,” said Susan Amey, Chief Marketing Officer of the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The area was buzzing with visitors and residents alike who were enthusiastic about the entire festival experience. Moogfest is a boon for Durham’s economy and culture, and we’re thrilled to have hosted thousands of attendees from around the world for an exciting weekend of tech, music and art.”  


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