After having to miss last years Moogfest due to some logistical confusion, I was fortunate enough to be able to make the trip this year to catch Day 1 of the annual Asheville, NC music festival, as well as catching a glimpse of the Moog Music Inc. factory before heading back to Atlanta.
More info beneath the fold, also be sure to check out the Moogfest Photo Gallery
Update: NPR Music has made a number of performances from Moogfest 2012 available for download, be sure to check their recordings of Andy Stott, Ana Sia, Disclosure, Richie Hawtin, and Morton Subotnick
Riding up with fellow Embassy Recordings crew Mite and Broodlings, we definitely did our best to cram as much as possible into our short visit. We were fortunate enough to get up there in time to catch Nas, Squarepusher, Primus, Blondes, and Ana Sia – who was courteous enough to hook us up with tickets for the festival. I did not kick over to catch Richie Hawtin however; something about minimal in a half empty arena seemed less than desirable.
The highlight of the trip for me was the tour of the Moog Music factory, where we were able to take a look at the legacy behind some of the most prominent synthesizers in contemporary electronic music. The company, started by Bob Moog originally as a mail-order theremin business and has since grown to become one of the most reputable synthesizer manufacturers, runs its entire operation out of a modest building in downtown Asheville. Still entirely built andtested by hand, and engineered in-house.
Following the tour, festival-goers were treated to an impromptu modular performance by Richard Devine, Alessandro Cortini, and Herb Deutsch in the store area of the Moog Music offices, a fun morning treat to put an excellent finishing touch on our short visit.
Thanks to everybody who helped the Embassy Recordings/icnt.mx crew enjoy a quick trip to Moogfest 2012, most notably Ana Sia and our friends from NPR Music