It was our great honor to have the INSTRUMENT 1 named Best in Show at the 2017 Summer NAMM show right here in our hometown of Nashville! If you’ve never been to the NAMM show, it’s a massive gathering of music gear-makers, as well as artists, innovators, and music-lovers of all kinds. We had an inspiring time sharing the all of the INSTRUMENT 1’s features (and even some forthcoming ones!) with hundreds of new people, connecting with our friends in the industry, and learning about plenty of wonderful new products for musicians.
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.
Co-founder/CMO Jacob Gordon demonstrating the INSTRUMENT 1 (Photo credit: Linnéa Mellander)
We had a very special invitation in January to come to the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan – widely considered one of the most influential art museums in the world – and demonstrate the INSTRUMENT 1 for guests. The occasion was the final week of MoMA’s exhibit titled Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye. It was a dynamic collection that included pop art, iconic pieces of audio electronics from Braun and Bang & Olufsen, a mint condition 1964 Fender Stratocaster, and two plate glass windows that played Brian Eno’s Music for Airports using declassified Navy audio technology.
We would like to thank the Kickstarter backers and other supporters who came out and said hello. And a deep thank you to MoMA for the rare and thrilling opportunity.