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Moogfest announces 2016 daytime program lineup

Laurie Anderson
Laurie Anderson’s “Habeas Corpus,” 2015 (more by Ryan Muir)

North Carolina’s Moogfest already announced their 2016 lineup of performances, as well as some of the daytime conversations and seminars from the likes of Laurie Anderson and Reggie Watts. Now they’ve announced the full daytime lineup, which is constituted of talks, master classes, film screenings and the like. Events include a conversation with GZA, master classes with Ben Frost, Daniel Lanois and Tim Hecker, a discussion of Afrofuturism with Reggie Watts, Mykki Blanco and Tyondai Braxton, live episodes of the No Effects podcast with Julia Holter and Empress Of, a screening of the film Crocodile Gennadiy followed by a Q&A with its composer The Haxan Cloak, a screening of the (great) horror film It Follows with a Q&A with the composer of its (great) score Distasterpiece, and a ton of other stuff. Check out the full schedule below.

This is all in addition to the night time performance lineup, which involves the likes of Explosions in the Sky, Sunn O))), Gary Numan, Blood Orange, Julianna Barwick, The Orb, Holly Herndon, Simian Mobile Disco, Floating Points, Kode9, Hundred Waters, Mad Professor, Moses Sumney, Mac McCaughan, Lunice, Ryan Hemsworth, YACHT and many more.

Tickets for the fest, which goes down May 19-22 in Durham, NC, are on sale now. Check out the full daytime schedule below.

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Moogfest 2016 Daytime Schedule

The Moogfest Day-to-Night Journey

Evening headliners will participate in a range of daytime programs including master classes that take audiences deep inside the artist’s creative process, workshops, conversations, film screenings, and improvisational performances. Highlights include:

Musical experimentalist Laurie Anderson will be interviewed by Jana Hunter of Lower Dens.

GZA will discuss Time Traveling with Hip Hop in a conversation moderated by Duke University Professor of Black Popular Culture, Mark Anthony Neal.

Master Classes will be led by legendary producer and musician Daniel Lanois (U2, Peter Gabriel), ambient house pioneers The Orb, and composer and producer Ben Frost with drone trailblazer Tim Hecker. The Orb will also host a screening of their film, Lunar Orbit. It will be the only screening with The Orb in attendance and in conversation.

Reggie Watts, Tyondai Braxton, Mykki Blanco will discuss Afrofuturism, which combines elements of science fiction, astral jazz, historical fiction, psychedelic hip hop, fantasy, and magic realism in order to critique not only the present-day dilemmas but also to re-examine the historical events of the past.

Odesza will take apart one of the their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how it was made in a live recording of Song Exploder, the hit podcast hosted by Hirishikesh Hirway.

Claire Evans of YACHT will present The Future is Unmanned, a condensed feminist history of the Internet, tracing the role of women from the human computers of the 19th century to the cyberfeminists who made videogames, hypertext novels, virtual reality projects, and non-narrative art pieces on websites and CD-ROMs before disappearing along with the bursting of the dot-com bubble.

Julia Holter and Empress Of will participate in live episodes of the No Effects podcast hosted by Jesse Cohen of Tanlines.

Mad Professor will host a Workshop on the History and Future of Dub and also join with Ras Kush, Tippy and Lister for Reggae Hacker Soundsystem, a conversation exploring the evolution of dub and home-made sound system culture, radiating outwards from its native Jamaica.

Pioneering synthesist Suzanne Ciani will perform in a four-hour-long experimental session with immersive visuals as part of the Durational series.

Conversations

The Future of Our Species
Cyborg artist Neil Harbisson joins Pau Riba, BJ Murphy, Rich Lee, and Daniel Lock to discuss how humans are taking an active part in their own biological evolution. By becoming technology, instead of using or wearing technology, humans are opening up the possibility of having additional organs and senses beyond the ones confined to our species.

Creating Music Tech with Kickstarter
Nick Yulman, curator of Kickstarter’s Design and Technology categories, will share some innovative music tech projects that have come to life with the help of the platform’s community, which allows instrument creators to test ideas and get feedback from music makers as part of an open development process.

“Technoshamanism: A Very Psychedelic Century!”
Paleo-ecologist turned multimedia performer Michael Garfield will take festival-goers on a playful, deep discussion on the new technologies that are dissolving boundary between the “made” and “born,” the “natural” and “artificial.” – and how the indigenous medicine traditions are just what are required to navigate this brave new digital society.

“Hyperinstruments: Opera of the Future Tod Machover (MIT Media Lab)”
Composer/inventor Tod Machover will describe the past, present and (potential) future of his Opera of the Future group at the MIT Media Lab, showing Hyperinstruments for soloists and ensembles, responsive stage technologies that go beyond multimedia, large-scale collaborative systems that enable entire cities to create symphonies together, and musical tools and concepts that promote wellbeing, diagnose disease, and customize compositions to individual needs and desires.

Synth Instrument Pioneers
Explore the art of musical instrument design with some of the synthesizer industry’s most influential analog architects; past, present and future. This year’s featured luminaries are David Friend, co-founder of ARP; Tatsuya Takahashi, Korg’s Chief Engineer of Analog Synth Development; David Van Koevering, inventor of the Van Koevering Piano; and Cyril Lance, Chief Engineer of Moog Music.

Workshops

Virtual Reality Prototyping with North Carolina State University
NCSU’s Derek Ham and Helen Armstrong will lead a hands-on workshop on Virtual Reality where participants will prototype content using a simple physical kit and then experience their designs in 3D using an Oculus Rift.

Sonifying Data with Gray Area
Participants will break past the limits of the eye and explore alternative methods of visualizing data to discover other methods of perception that can be used to enhance and augment our ability to present data.

Video Synthesis + Collaboration with Undervolt & Co
Undervolt & Co., the independent online artist-run distributor of time-based art, leads a collaborative video-making workshop providing participants with the opportunity to learn the basics of modular analog video synthesizers in a creative play space.

Interspecies Collaboration with Data Garden
Participants will be invited to explore music generated from plants’ communication with virtual synths and sample based environments while Data Garden artists share new software they’re developing to produce bio-generated digital art.

Hypnotique Sceance
The Church of Space in association with Poèmes Électroniques, will guide participants to explore modern magic theory, based on the latest research in brain science and quantum mechanics, by entering a mild state of trance via audio and visual stimulation.

Music In The Brain’ with Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
Explore the effects of music on brain structure and function in this workshop that will highlight the intersection between artistic and scientific perspectives on this fundamental and aesthetic form of human expression.

Film Fest
“Future Projections: Memories of the Space Age”
Future Projections is a 9-part screening program of short film and video work drawn from 125 years of techno-prophecy and oracular future-visions. Curated by Ben Russell, including Adam Beckett, Barbara Hammer, Beatrice Gibson, Ben Rivers, Cauleen Smith, Chris Marker, Deborah Stratman, Fernand Léger, Harun Farocki, JJ Murphy, Jesse McLean, Louis Henderson, Making Takashi, Michael Robinson, Mike Stoltz, OJOBOCA, Peter Burr, Rachel Rose, Rosa Barba, Rose Lowder, Sara Magenheimer, Scott Bartlett, Shambhavi Kaul, Shirley Clarke, Tony Conrad, Yuri Ancarani

“The Three Grace(s) triptych” Screening and live score by ADULT
Detroit electronic duo ADULT will be presenting a unique presentation of original film and live soundtrack performance. The Three Grace(s) triptych chronicles the two year affair of artists/musicians Nicola Kuperus & Adam Lee Miller.

“Crocodile Gennadiy” Screening and Q&A
The documentary, featuring a score by The Haxan Cloak and Academy Award-winner Atticus Ross (The Social Network), will be screened and followed by a conversation with The Haxan Cloak and musician Leopold Ross.

“The Silence”/”Gagglebox”/”Zombies 1985” Screening with Live Score by I Speak Machine
I Speak Machine (vocalist and synth-nerd Tara Busch and filmmaker Maf Lewis) create brooding soundtracks for horror/sci-fi films. Busch will play the score live, on vocals and an array of analog synths.

“It Follows” Screening and Q&A with composer Disasterpeace
The acclaimed horror film “It Follows” took the 2014 Cannes Film Festival by storm and went on to exceed all expectations at the box office in 2015. Following the screening, Disasterpeace, the composer of the film, will discuss the background and inner workings of the score.

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