It’s time to meet the Moog

Passion Pit, a headliner for Moogfest, playing Synthesizers based on Moog’s designs.

Let’s get the most obvious question out of the way first: what is a moog?There are many possible answers to this question. A moog, for those not musically caught up with instruments from the 1970s, is a synthesizer – the first being the Moog Modular Synthesizer, released from 1963 until 1980.

So where did it get the odd name from and why is there a festival built around it in Asheville?

That all revolves around a fellow named Robert Moog, the titular inventor of the Moog Synthesizer and many other digital instruments. He also founded Moog Music that created said synthesizers until he left around 1977 due to buy outs. He then went to reside in Asheville, until he died in 2005.

In honor of Moog’s life and pioneering work in the fields of synthetic music, musicians from all over the world come and perform at the three-day Moogfest at the end of October. Most bands use Moog’s own devices, or electronic music of some sort. The entire festival is focusing on the advancements of electronic music, as well as just generally having a good time.

This year Moogfest is kicking into high gear from Oct. 28-30. From all around the world some of the best electronic artists are gathering and ready to kick off some fresh beats and lightning fast jams.

So who is going to be there?

That’s the important question. No festival is complete without solid artists to make it worth the money and time. And Moogfest certainly has the artists to back its mighty ambition. Heading up the show, multiple Grammy winners The Flaming Lips will bring their unique take on everything rock to the gentle peaks of Asheville. Coasting off their sensational album 2009 album “Manners,” Passion Pit has been at the forefront of indie-electronic music. Bringing the screeching lyrics and synthpop jams, Passion Pit has become a favorite for any concert lover.

For fans of electrofunk look, no further than Chromeo. Mentally, Battles are the best in the business for cranking out bizarre yet fascinating hardcore mathcore that expand horizons. TV on the Radio, coming off their new release Nine Types of Light, are known for politically charged mentally stimulating funk and soul music. Childish Gambino (also known as the actor Donald Glover) brings a sick action to his rising rap career, with razor-sharp lyrics and brilliant beats. Gambino is certainly one to see now. Dan Deacon pumps up the dancing with his absurd surreal loops and controlled chaos that brings peace through discord. St. Vincent, known for her sweet melodies, will bring the dark new sound from her new album Strange Mercy. These are just eight out of the 68 artists who will be gracing Asheville over three days.

How much is it?

There comes the troubling part. Even the most dedicated of fans has to wince at the $185 ticket price. However, considering there are 68 individual artists performing over the span of three days, if you see every single band (which would be tough) the price per artist comes down to $2.72 per artist. If you only see half the artists, it would come down to around $5 per show.

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