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Moogfest 2014 review: MIA, Pet Shop Boys and Kraftwerk hit North Carolina

Delivered... Hermione Hoby | Scene | Mon 28 Apr 2014 4:25 pm

Asheville's annual electronic music festival and conference celebrated a decade with big performances, blown speakers and an alien landing

Driving in to Asheville, North Carolina, the succession of ammo and live bait stores abruptly give way to stores full of dreamcatchers and crystals instead. Like Austin, Texas or Olympia, Washington, Asheville is an outpost of crunchy in an otherwise un-granola-ed state. Also like Austin, home to SXSW, Asheville is becoming famous for its cultural event Moogfest.

This is where Dr Robert (Bob) Moog invented the Moog synthesiser in 1967, and his influence is hard to overstate. His creation effectively facilitated electronic music and it is not hyperbole to say that pop music sounds the way it does because of him. Moog still has its factory here, where just 17 workers make the machines by hand, honouring the geeky idealism of their eccentric progenitor.

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Moogfest: celebrating the man, the machine and the music

Delivered... Hermione Hoby | Scene | Fri 18 Apr 2014 2:23 pm

Each year thousands descend on the freak capital of the west, North Carolina's Asheville, for an event dedicated to the culture-shaping synthesiser. Here, Hermione Hoby tells us why now, in its tenth year, the festival feels as much a testament to the man as to his Moog

The butterflies-inducing bassline on Donna Summers I Feel Love, the unmistakable melody wiggling through New Orders Blue Monday, most of Kraftwerks seminal 1974 album Autobahn and, well, a pretty much endless list of other game changing songs and records from the last four decades all share one thing. Or rather, one man. When Robert Moog (it rhymes with vogue) unveiled the Moog synthesiser to the world in 1964, he not only radically changed music, but culture itself. The sound of the Millennium Falcon taking off in Star Wars is a Moog synthesiser. So are the sounds of the guns in the new Star Trek movies, Emmy Parker, Moogs brand director, explains.

These sci-fi sounds may provide a special kind of beauty, but nonetheless dont really compare to the artists headlining Moogfest, a four day festival that begins on Wednesday in Asheville, North Carolina. Its lineup is so irreproachable its basically absurd: Kraftwerk, Pet Shop Boys, Laurie Anderson, Nile Rogers and Chic are on the bill, as well as dozens of smaller bands. The festival celebrates its tenth birthday this year and continues to feel as much a testament to the man as to his machine (If, of course, the two are even separable.)

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Memory Tapes: Grace/Confusion – review

Delivered... Hermione Hoby | Scene | Sun 9 Dec 2012 1:05 am


Memory Tapes made his name – or his various names (he's also recorded as Memory Cassette and Weird Tapes) – as a proponent of the style of music we loved to hate to call "chillwave". This third album, though, is not a warm wash of hypnagogia, but a strangely arid collection of tracks that register not so much as songs, but as experiments following arbitrary, sometimes aimless, courses. After the melodic and propulsive opener, Neighborhood Watch, and its elegant drum patterns, things lose focus; most of the flashes of grace overshadowed by confusing longueurs.

Rating: 3/5

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