With a line-up that included Laurie Anderson, Reggie Watts (you know, the fake TED beatbox comedian), Explosions in the Sky, The Orb, D∆WN, Oneohtrix Point Never (featured as background music to a previous Frequency Horizon segment), Jaron Lanier, among many, many more, Moogfest 2016 proved events focused on synthesis can be explosive.

(Photography: Brian Livingstone)

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While the Durham, North Carolina, festival shone a light on performers like sunn O))), the Orb and Empress Of, the real focus was on the synthesizer itself.

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Moogfest 2016 is an homage to Bob Moog, the man who brought about the analog synthesizer bearing his name which launched a zillion electronic music careers (and experimental voyages). The four-day festival (which took place May 19-22) brought in more than 300 groups and solo performers across the disciplines of music, art, and technology — all there to pay tribute to an instrument that shaped the musical landscape in a profound way.

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That included performers like Gary Numan, GZA and Grimes.

Moogfest 2016 even featured a keynote speech by virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier, who riffed on the “Future of Creativity.”

The one thing I want to ask of you is, to push as hard as you can to make technology beautiful and expressive.” – Jaron Lanier

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You can’t really go wrong with components of Moogfest named “Electronic Music for Children and Experimental Adults,” especially when it’s none other than DJ Lance Rock and Yo Gabba Gabba! walking you through it.

(photos courtesy of Moogfest)

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