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The Best Of Moogfest 201248:55

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Moogfest always draws a creative crowd. But the festival's proximity to Halloween inspires some fans to dress in unusual costumes. (Adam Kissick for NPR)closemore
Moogfest always draws a creative crowd. But the festival's proximity to Halloween inspires some fans to dress in unusual costumes. (Adam Kissick for NPR)

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.

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. (Adam Kissick for NPR)
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. (Adam Kissick for NPR)

Hear full sets from some of the performers at Moogfest 2012.

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