Dance Party: Stephan Bodzin at Armory.
Getting Busy: Synth-building workshop.
By Chris K. Davis
Inspecting: Moogfest’s Modular Marketplace. Garrett Poulos
Durham, N.C. – Moogfest, the annual celebration of electronic-music technology inspired by the pioneering Dr. Robert Moog, presented a diverse group of musician and DJ showcases this past April 25-28. Notable DJ performances at Moogfest ’19 came from Juan Atkins, Marshall Jones, Matthew Dear, Mount Kimbie and Stephan Bodzin. Held at a range of Durham venues, Moogfest also offered an impressive slate of panel discussions, keynotes and hands-on workshops. Notable sessions included keynotes from Mute Records’ Daniel Miller, Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore and the ubiquitous Questlove. And on the workshop side this year, DJ Times participated in a unique way. Beginnings: The late Dr. Robert “Bob” Moog (1934—2005) was an American engineer who invented the first modular, voltage-controlled commercial synthesizer, the Moog, in 1964. That synth, produced by Moog Music, was followed by a portable model in 1970, the Minimoog, which was wildly successful with musicians thanks to its playable keyboard and small form-factor. Pink Floyd, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, and others were among famous musicians who used the Minimoog and elevated it to a legendary status. Beyond the Minimoog, Moog also invented many fundamental synthesizer concepts that have permeated modern music
Techno Legend: Juan Atkins onstage.
Keynoters: Martin Gore & Daniel Miller.