The 2016 Moogfest was a brilliant showcase of revolutionary creations in the world of music and technology!

The Moogfest has always been at the forefront of technological innovation. The latest edition did exactly that by bringing a convergence between sonic expression and technology. Since 2004, the festival brings together some of the best electronic music acts, keynote speakers and art installations which are developed over the course of a year. Attendees of all ages can experience interactive artworks and participate in new ways of engaging and thinking about sound and music.


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The festival also tries to educate children at an early age about the possibilities of this convergence by bringing approximately 200 kids from regional schools to come and experience the Moogfest. One of the key festival sponsors, RTP (Research Triangle Park) is part of this strategic focus on education.


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At Moogfest, sponsors are also collaborators who help implement programming and installations of media art. Behind each installation is the combined effort of artists and technologists. This year RTP worked with Floating Points, a design collective out of New York, to create a touch-sensitive light installation which consisted of LED conductors. It also showcased Kyle McDonald’s The WiFi Whisperer, which converts festival-attendees’ data into visually striking data visualizations and ambient soundscapes and melodies and PLAY – Sound, an installation by IDEO which does on similar lines but with an interactive interface at the centerpiece, synthesizing inputs from around the festival into sound experiences.


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The Global Synth Project by sound artist Yuri Suzuki transforms a world map into an electronic instrument by tapping sound scouts and audio adventurers at various localities. By touching the map, which is actually a Moog-designed synth module, users tap into environmental sounds from around the world.


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Although many of these installations work by converting data into an audio experience, it also harnesses other complex technologies such as live coding and body-triggered performances. This truly shows how far we have come on the path to merge technology and art.
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