If it weren't for Robert Moog, a lot of the music you enjoy today might not have been possible. As the inventor of the Moog synthesizer, he gave rise to not only the technology needed for modern electronic music, but also the creative spirit that inspired countless musicians to take his vision and play with it, mold it and reshape it into mind-blowing works of art.
This past weekend, a remarkably gifted group of electronic and experimental rock artists gathered in Asheville, N.C., for the annual Moogfest. All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen and NPR electronic and dance-music contributor Sami Yenigun were there and, on this week's show, discuss some of their favorite sets, including a special performance from electronic-music pioneer Morton Subotnick, Andy Stott, DJ legends Carl Craig and Richie Hawtin, along with Ana Sia, Squarepusher, Exitmusic and more.
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Moogfest is held each year in Asheville, N.C., home to the festival's namesake, legendary synthesizer inventor Robert Moog. Fans flock from all over the world to hear the best in electronic performance, dance music and outer sound.
One of the highlights of this year's Moogfest was a performance by Morton Subotnick (left), a pioneer in electronic music. He performed his entire, now-legendary album Silver Apples of the Moon.
In addition to electronic and dance music, Moogfest also features groundbreaking hip-hop performers, including Atlanta rapper Killer Mike, who struck a pose during his set at The Orange Peel.
Morton Subotnick works the controls for a synthesizer originally designed by Don Buchla in the 1960s. Subotnick used a similar one to record Silver Apples of the Moon.
Many of the performances at Moogfest married sound with stunning visuals, including this geometric light show from Squarepusher's set at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.
The English psych-ambient performer Shpongle performs at a sort of rainbow-colored throne.