Panels Announced for Moogfest 2012

Bob Moog Google Doodle Team, Orbital,  Alessandro Cortini, Chad Hugo of the Neptunes, Morton Subotnick and Herb Deutsch Featured on Moogfest 2012 Panels

Convergence Panel, Moogfest 2011 (From right to left, Eric Persing, Torley, Amos Gaynes, Tara Busch, Marc Doty).

Moogfest 2012 would not be complete without the fascinating discussions that arise from the unique panels of artists, technologists and historical figures who converge during the weekend and gather to explore their niche in the multi-faceted Moog legacy.

This year’s panels are highlighted by a special exploration with the members of the Google engineering team who designed the now infamous Bob Moog Google Doodle, which was launched on May 23rd, 2012 Bob’s 78th birthday.

Marc Doty, the Bob Moog Foundation’s Archive and Education Specialist, will be moderating two of the panels. Michelle Moog-Koussa, BMF Executive Director will be introducing the panels.

The free panels will be held at Diana Wortham Theatre (click for directions) starting at noon on Saturday, Oct. 27 and are open to all Moogfest attendees and the general public. All seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The titles and schedule for the panels is as follows:

Creative Expression Through Interface, 12 pm – 1:15pm

Pioneering synthesists Herb Deutsch and Morton Subotnick join modular guru and former Nine Inch Nails keyboardist Alessandro Cortini to discuss the interplay of hardware and software and the effect that musical instrument interfaces have on the artists approach to creative expression.

Panel: Morton Subotnick, Herb Deutsch, Alessandro Cortini; Moderator: Marc Doty, Bob Moog Foundation Archive and Education Specialist

Shaping Hits with Moog Synths, 1:30pm – 2:45pm

Orbital, Moogfest headliners and groundbreaking live electronic music performers  and Chad Hugo, one half of the Grammy Award winning super producers, The Neptunes, discuss how to integrate analog gear into explosive live sets and hit studio productions.

Panel: Phil and Paul Hartnoll (Orbital), Chad Hugo (N.E.R.D., The Neptunes); Moderator: Amos Gaynes

The Bob Moog Google Doodle: How a Pioneering Legacy Inspired Modern Innovation 3pm – 4:15pm

An intimate exploration with Google engineers regarding their work to turn the most iconic synthesizer in the world into the most popular Google Doodle in history. Discover the process, inspiration and global implementation behind this browser instrument that was played by over 60 million people.

Panel: Ryan Germick (Doodle Team Lead, Google), Joey Hurst (Google Engineer), Amos Gaynes (Moog Product Development Specialist); Moderator, Marc Doty, Bob Moog Foundation Archive and Education Specialist

Learn more about the moderators for Moogfest 2012:

Marc Doty is a composer, synthesist, analog enthusiast, and educator whose YouTube vintage synthesizer-demonstration channel “Automatic Gainsay” has educated and inspired over 5,000,000 people worldwide.  As a result, he is frequently asked to demonstrate new products from companies like Moog Music and Arturia.

In May, Marc’s demonstration of the Bob Moog Google Doodle garnered over 300,000 views in under 24 hours, making it the first viral synthesizer demonstration video.

Marc’s knowledge and enthusiasm regarding synthesis, synthesizers, and the history of electronic music made him the perfect fit for the Bob Moog Foundation, where he is the Archive and Education Specialist. Through a recent collaboration between macProVideo and the Bob Moog Foundation, Marc created a 7-hour series of educational videos regarding synthesis and the history of electronic music. Those videos, which have earned rave reviews, are available for viewing or download on the MPV site. Proceeds from the sales of the videos benefit the BMF.

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12:15-2:00am            Richie Hawtin

10:00-11:30pm          Primus

8:30-9:30pm              Nas

7:00-8:00pm              Pantha Du Prince

Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

12:30-1:45am            Explosions in the Sky

10:30pm-11:45pm     Squarepusher

8:45-10:00pm            Miike Snow

7:30-8:15pm              Bear In Heaven

The Orange Peel

1:00-2:00am              GZA presents Liquid Swords

11:30pm-12:30am     Black Moth Super Rainbow

9:30-10:30pm            El-P

7:30-8:30pm              Killer Mike

Asheville Music Hall

12:45-2:00am            Ana Sia

11:15pm-12:15am     Blondes

9:45-10:45pm            Wick-It The Instigator

 Diana Wortham Theatre

11:30pm-12:30am     Morton Subotnick presents From Silver Apples to a Sky of Cloudless Sulfur

10:00-11:00pm          Exitmusic

8:15-9:15pm              Ahleuchatistas

7:00-7:45pm              Buke & Gase



12:30-2:00am            Shpongle presents The Masquerade

10:30pm-12:00am     Orbital

8:45-10:00pm            Santigold

7:15-8:15pm              Divine Fits

Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

12:00-1:30am            Four Tet

10:00-11:15pm          Thomas Dolby

8:00-9:15pm             Magnetic Fields

The Orange Peel

12:00-2:00am           Carl Craig

10:30-11:30pm         Death Grips

9:00-10:00pm           Cold Cave

7:30-8:30pm             Actress

Asheville Music Hall

1:00-2:00am            Prefuse 73 with Teebs

11:30pm-12:30am   Disclosure

10:00-11:00pm        TRUST

Diana Wortham Theatre

11:45pm-12:45am   Harold Budd with Keith Lowe

10:15-11:15pm        Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin

8:30-9:30pm           Andy Stott

7:00-8:00pm           Julia Holter