ravermag_moogfest_9 Moogfest 2016 Photography and Editorial by Michael Beas   The food, the vibe, the culture was far from the norm; it was much more than that, it felt like home. From start to finish the event/festival was a journey through time and space. The past and present collided to unite in the vision of Dr. Robert Moog. People from all stages in their own musical journey came to be part of an unforgettable experience. That experience did not fall short of perfection.   Starting out the day, it was a little overwhelming to take in everything around me. The Moogfest application helped orientate me to the different workshops and events taking place. For those without a smartphone, maps were available in various locations. Volunteers graciously directed the thousands of festivalgoers to their desired venues.   My plan was simple – see everything and experience everything. With my smartphone in one hand and trusty map in the other, I explored downtown Durham, North Carolina for the first time. Almost immediately I realized that the workshops were the place to be. It was also the best time to take in the history of Dr. Robert Moog and to learn about everything he worked diligently to create.   I started off at the Carolina Theatre where I watched Odesza record a live podcast. After that, I explored all that Moogfest had to offer. It didn’t take long to meet some new friends, so I put away my map and smartphone and decided just to chill and follow the vibe to wherever it would take me. I checked out the Full Frame Theater, Pinhook, The Armory, and then the Durham Arts Council PSI Theater. Each venue had its own theme, its own vibe, to absorb. I wanted to stay at each place for the entire day, but there was so much to see I pressed forward. As I explored, I met new people who, like Dr. Robert Moog, had also invented new ways to perfect the sound of music. ravermag_moogfest_8 The day slipped into night and the party and energy led me to the Motorco Music Hall and the Motorco Park Main Stage. As I walked, I took in the architecture of downtown Durham. I thought about the many people who had walked before me down these roads, looked at these old fine buildings, some newly resurrected from disrepair. I wondered how far the world of dance music will take us and if it would constantly change and improve because of pioneers like Dr. Moog.   It wasn’t long after my walk began that I started to hear the bass and sounds of music. I knew then that I was home. As I turned a corner, the crowd appeared. The lines to get into the main stage quickly started to stack up. The rain clouds also slowly crept in. It made no difference; nothing was going to stop the energy. ravermag_moogfest_3 Moogfest is and will always be a place where both the engineer and the musician can come together to create a bond. It is a place where old friends can meet new friends and share in the one connection that has united humanity since the dawn of time, our love of music. About Moogfest Moogfest is a tribute to Dr. Robert Moog and the profound influence his inventions have had on how we hear the world. Over the last sixty years, Bob Moog and Moog Music have pioneered the analog synthesizer and other technology tools for artists. This exchange between engineer and musician is celebrated with a unique festival format where the creative process is understood as collaboration among many people, across time and space, in commerce and culture.   ravermag_moogfest_1 ]]>