This has been such an exciting and eventful time here at Artiphon. There are now thousands of INSTRUMENT 1’s out in the world, and things are really starting to heat up. If you follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, you’ve probably seen some of the great photos, videos, and blog posts people are sharing.
Kickstarter backer Parth Raval is building up entire songs using his INSTRUMENT 1 and Apple’s Logic…
We saw our first performance where the INSTRUMENT 1 was the part of a string quartet…
Dave shared his rendition of Little Martha (in honor of Duane Allman’s birthday)…
It’s also nice and flattering to see the critics taking notice of the INSTRUMENT 1. Jordan from Geek.com said “it makes him want to get back into music.” PC Mag listed it among its Beautiful But Practical Tech Gifts, and TechCrunch celebrated it as a “jack of all trades.”
We’re so inspired by what’s bubbling up from the user community, and we’d love to see what you’ve been up to with your music-making.
We’re still trying to make sense of everything that just happened, but we do know one thing: Moogfest was a rare and remarkable gathering. After taking last year off to rethink itself, the festival moved from Asheville to Durham, NC for 2016, where it magnetized a remarkably dynamic roster of artists, bands, thinkers, and explorers. The daytimes were mostly filled with talks and workshops, and the evenings bubbled over with incredible – and surprisingly intimate – performances.
First, the music. We saw Ben Frost, Tim Hecker, and Oneohtrix Point Never, one after the other, attempt to sonically dismantle the historic Carolina Theater (they nearly succeeded). We saw Laurie Anderson narrate delicate stories with her keyboard and electric violin. Sam Aaron livecoded a DJ set using Sonic Pi. Actress moved a crowd at The Durham Armory. And Kode9’s set was guided by a video screen drone navigating an abandoned industrial wasteland. Then there was GZA, Reggie Watts, Dawn of MIDI, Grimes, Son Lux, and sunn O))). Yes, it was a feast.
Moogfest starts this Thursday, May 19, kicking off a super-exciting lineup of speakers, workshops, interactive events, and a long weekend of stellar bands. We’ll be there participating in several talks, panels, and workshops, so check out our schedule below and come say hello.
Centered around the old Lucky Strike campus in Durham, NC, Moogfest is a hybrid event meant to celebrate the legacy of legendary synth luminary Bob Moog.
The nighttime headliners include the likes of Odesza, Grimes, and Miike Snow. Some of our other favorites include Reggie Watts, Gary Numan, Laurie Anderson, Devonté Hynes (Blood Orange), Actress, Bob Moses, Daniel Lanoi, Dawn of MIDI, Son Lux, YACHT (the list goes way on).
The daytimes are packed with thought leaders in the realm of music tech, VR, futurism, and (of course) synthesizers. Part of the fun is that the world doesn’t really know what to make of Moogfest, but is definitely paying attention. Forbes ran some nice preview coverage of the festival (and Artiphon) here.
We’ve pondered at length how best to capture the musical possibilities of the INSTRUMENT 1 in ways that are inspiring, illuminating, and in keeping with our commitment to creative empowerment. In this video, we set out to document the dynamics of musical invention while showcasing the unique traits of the INSTRUMENT 1.
We paired musicians from two exceptional Nashville bands: Jeremy Bullock (a founding member of Wild Cub) and Timon Lance (an ethnomusicologist and guitarist for Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes). In an unscripted, unrehearsed setting, Jeremy and Timon wove together loops and layers using the INSTRUMENT 1 and multiple other musical tools. The result is a unique sound that emerged from the process of co-discovery. It was also a whole lot of fun.
It was our honor to be invited to take part in The FADER Arcade in Austin this week. It was a stimulating menagerie of music, tech, immersive media, comedy, and – of course – lots of live music. We met dozens of new friends and got to see so many faces light up as they took the INSTRUMENT 1 for a spin.
The FADER also ran a great little video profile of Artiphon and co-founder/CMO Jacob Gordon.