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DJ Premier Joins Moogfest 2017

Moogfest announced their last and final additions to the 2017 festival, rounding out an already impressive lineup with DJ Premier, Zola Jesus, King Britt, Jana Hunter, Baltra, IDEO, Modular on the Spot, and Durham music collective The Floor. This announcement builds on Moogfest’s trajectory: balancing Future Sound (performances) and Future Thought (conference) conversations and workshops, with artists and technologists who participate in both sides of the program.

Grammy-award winning producer and half of the legendary hip hop duo Gang Starr, DJ Premier will grace the stage at this year’s festival. Premiere’s prized productions have threaded through the decades, defining the sound of multiple generations of hip-hop. Always evolving yet timeless, celebrated rappers and lyricists from KRS-One to Kanye West, have called on Premier to create the sonic foundation for their voices.
Dark wave electronic artist Zola Jesus is set to perform from her unreleased 5th studio album, TAIGA. Described by the artist herself, “The music on the record is massive, with big brass and beats, crystal clear vocals.” King Britt has prepared a Moogfest exclusive part live part DJ (hybrid set) fusing his mastery in track selection with live hardware electronics including two Mother-32s, while NYC-based producer Baltra will perform a DJ set showcasing his expertise of gritty underground techno productions.

Moogfest is proud to invite select 2016 participants to return this year, but has prompted them to contribute in entirely new ways. Last year award-winning design firm IDEO created a much-talked about sound installation. This year, they return to Moogfest with a host of top-tier minds in a workshop series that explores creative confidence, rapid prototyping and future narrative through the making of speculative sound machines. Last year, Moogfest alum Jana Hunter (Lower Dens) hosted a conversation with Laurie Anderson. This year she hosts a late-night DJ set. Modular on the Spot founders Eric (Rodent) Cheslak and Bana Haffar bring back their unique environment-specific outdoor eurorack synthesizer performances to downtown Durham.
Last year, the best underground after-party at Moogfest was organized by The Floor, a local collective known for amplifying the talents of regional DJs. For the 2017 festival, Moogfest organizers have partnered with The Floor to curate a lineup including DJ Bosslady, Andrius, Sound Resurgence, Ladyfingers, 3ZKL, and Strider -- talent that is all local to North Carolina.

Today’s announcement also includes 6 additions to the festival’s film program -- Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present which examines the pioneering work and life of the artist Tony Conard;Tomorrow: Travel the World of Solutions a in-depth documentary exploring solutions to climate change from around the world; Two films led by Moogfest 2017 artist Zena Loxton SpeakUP: The Power of Lyrics, which follows the life of a group of creative activists, hip hop artists, and journalists who came together in 2012 to create a revolution through music in Senegal and SpeakUP: Women of Africa, which looks at Grammy-winner Angelique Kidjo journey in Dakar as she passionately meets young female artists, inspiring them to continue using their work as a platform for social change; Transfiguration, an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, scored by Moogfest 2017 performer Pharmakon, which follows a troubled teens fascination with vampire lore; and Life in Waves, a film which explores Suzanne Ciani’s pioneering work through her eyes.
                                 
The full list of participants announced today is as follows: DJ Premier, Zola Jesus, King Britt, Jana Hunter, Baltra, IDEO, Modular on the Spot, DJ Bosslady, Andrius, Sound Resurgence, Lady Fingers, 3ZKL, Strider, Virginia Tech ICAT, ONO, Brandon Stosuy, Elliot Inman, Johnny Turpin, Krista Anne, Fannie Mae, Frankie Hutchinson, Hisham Bharoocha, Joseph Murray, Marshall King, Valencia Wood, Elizabeth Traina, Zena Loxton, Jessica Collette, Raj Bhakta, Senator Jaiz, Give a Beat, Armida Ascano, Pierce Freelon, and films Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present, Tomorrow: Travel the World of Solutions, SpeakUP: The Power of Lyrics, and SpeakUP: Women of Africa, Transfiguration, and Life in Waves.

Below are some additional highlights from the artists announced today, and a closer look at some of the previously announced daytime programs.

Hacking Systems
Musical circuit educator Elliot Inman reveals the electric DNA of the modular synth genome via his limited-seating make-and-take workshop Musical Pencil Synth.

Artist Krista Anne leads two limited-seating workshops on building a web-based music visualizer with code, intuition, and magic. Krista Anne is a North Carolina-based artist, focused on making the feminine experience and the logic of the heart visible in technology and business.

Black Quantum Futurism
In addition to his Future Sound set, King Britt also participates in our Black Quantum Futurism programming alongside Moor Mother, P. Michael Grego, and Travis from industrial avant-gospel band ONO. In a conversation moderated by Moniker Records’ Jordan Reyes, titled Prisms, Mirrors, Lenses: Tricks of Light, Time, and Sound in Afrofuturism, atemporality and spatial distortions are explored as a vehicle for representing black experiences in terms of art, literature, and beyond.

Spatial Sound
Professors Mike Roan, Charles Nichols, Tanner Upthegrove, Eric Lyon, and Ivica Ico Bukvic of Virginia Tech’s ICAT program bring this year’s Spatial Sound theme to life through an array of workshops and conversations. The workshops include a 3D Audio Space Jam in which participants control the location of sound in 3D space with interactive devices like the Leap Motion and WiiMotes; a session onCreative Coding for Spatial Sound where participants learn to code spatial effects using the free, open-source program SuperCollider; and a conversation with musician Ry X on what it takes to set up and operate a 24-channel immersive audio system.

Instrument Design
Leading designers at IDEO; Matt Brown, Danny Deruntz, Ashley Holtgraver, and Peter Hyer explore creative confidence, rapid prototyping and future narrative through the making of speculative sound machines.

Techno-Shamanism
Elizabeth Traina, a working artist, award-winning muralist, and lightworker leads a workshop titled The Future is Now | Hypnotic Journeying for Consciousness Awakening, which explores the synthesis of entrepreneurship, art, healing, and consciousness awakening. Using her sacred geometry artwork, Traina will facilitate a guided hypnotic journey for inner exploration.

Spiritual instrumentalist Garth Robertson leads Sacred Sound Baths, an enhanced meditation augmented by the ancient harmonic vibrations of chimes, Tibetan bowls, flute, guitar, overtone singing, sansula, shruti box, harmonica, frame drum, didgeridoo, gong, and tuning forks.

Transhumanism

As announced previously, Google Brain’s Magenta project leads workshops exploring how machine learning can be used to create compelling art and music. Their workshops include an introductory session on the basics of training neural networks to generate musical sequences using the open-source Magenta library, an interactive “AI Jam Session” in which participants can play with the Magenta project’s newest technologies, and an advanced hackathon-styled workshop focused on the AI-based musical sequence generation API provided by the open-source Magenta library, which uses MIDI for communication.

Protest
Artist Zena Loxton screens the following two films, which she directed, and hosts a related Q&A session.

SpeakUP: THE POWER OF LYRICS follows a day in the life of Y'en A Marre, a group of creative activists, hip hop artists, and journalists who came together in 2012 to create a revolution through music in Senegal.

SpeakUP: WOMEN OF AFRICA follows multiple-Grammy-winner Angelique Kidjo as she meets young female artists across Dakar, inspiring them to continue using their work as a platform for social change.

The Joyful Noise of STEAM
Written by Brandon Stosuy, illustrated by Amy Martin, and blurbed by Björk, "Music Is..." is a board book that introduces the many moods, styles, and senses of music to the youngest audiophiles. AtMoogfest, Stosuy will read from the book, accompanied by a DJ set by Hisham Akira Bharoocha (Soft Circle, Kill Alters, Black Dice, Lightning Bolt, etc). Afterward, Bharoocha will DJ an all-ages dance party.

Joseph Murray and Valencia Wood of IO Workshop & Mélong Ling present The Moog Mandala, a family-friendly workshop engaging participants in light warm-up stretches, meditation and partner poses. Kids and grown-up kids will create unique Moog Mandala art pieces, using cutout waveforms and shapes.

The Future of Creativity

VP of Insight at Trend Hunter Armida Ascano explores post-millennial identities and post-internet reality, drawing a distinction between those predicting the future and those creating it.

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