Post Festival Re-Cap and Coverage
By Kristine Kennedy and Michael Beas. We arrived in Raleigh, NC with an open mind and heart. The weather was hot and emotions were high with much anticipation of what the next few days of experiencing new technology would bring to us both. What we left with was a historical past that has lead us into the future of forever. Moogfest is a festival that teaches you about the art of sound and music. Everyone who attends is looking for the next best and cutting edge device that will take that music to another place. In many ways, Moogfest is the foundation for the music that we listen to today. At first glance it looks like something out of some techy, sci-fi expo. There are cords and synthesizers everywhere. New products and product testing is going on in every direction, all of which is light years into the future. While there are classes going on throughout the day for one to choose to attend, Kristine and I sat through a Richard Devine class. Richard is an Atlanta based electronic musician and sound designer that has been recognized for producing a layered and heavily processed sound that is influenced deeply from glitch music to more modern elements that we love today. The icing on the cake was when Richards’s lovely wife and little girl came to give him a hug after his class had finished. Music is literally a family affair for the Devine family. As for the music, it was both unique and original in many ways. For one, you never knew what to expect when you walking into a venue that was hosting an artist, and no matter what, the music was different than that of which any of us in the dance music community are used to hearing. For Kristine and myself, the one set that separated itself among the rest was Flying Lotus – an experimental multi-genre music producer who came out and performed behind a white curtain, almost like a silhouette in some foreign land. It was an effect that really brought the audience close to the music – to feel it run through your skin like some soft breeze that cools you after a hot summer’s day. It was, to say the least, unforgettable. In closing, Moogfest 2017 will last in our hearts and minds well beyond its end date. It is and will always be the beginning to the future of forever and one festival that we will never forget.