Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Bob Moog Foundation, MoDaddy's, Mooged-Out, Moogseum, Sound Mind Media, Toubab Krewe
On April 24, 2009 The Bob Moog Foundation and Asheville’s own Toubab Krewe team up to present a unique benefit pre-show for the Foundation’s hallmark project, the Moogseum. Toubab Krewe will combine their diverse musical influences with Moog equipment to treat the MoDaddy’s audience to an innovative set of music. The mini set will feature each band member using a custom tailored setup of Moog instruments and effects provided by The Bob Moog Foundation. The band will be remixed live through Moog effect modules which will be located at the sound board as well. The resulting sounds will then be routed into a surround sound system. This experience will highlight the rich connection between these talented performers and the expressive technology that made the Moog name a classic.
This intimate evening offers an opportunity to connect with Toubab Krewe in a one-of-a-kind performance. After the Mooged-Out set, the band will stick around for a meet-and-greet and signing of a limited edition commemorative poster designed by super talented Jenny Greer at Sound Mind Media.
About Toubab Krewe
Blending American and West African influences into a sound all its own, Toubab Krewe has set “a new standard for fusions of rock ‘n’ roll and West African music” (Afropop Worldwide). Since forming in 2005, the magnetic instrumental quintet has won a diverse and devoted following at performances everywhere from Bonnaroo to the legendary Festival of the Desert in Essakane, Mali, the most remote festival in the world. The band developed their unique sound over the course of numerous extended trips to Mali, Guinea, and Ivory Coast, where they immersed themselves in the local culture and studied and performed with luminaries.
There is a very special connection that exists between Toubab Krewe and the Bob Moog Foundation. During his illness in 2005, Bob was given Toubab’s CD, and spent a sleepless night listening to it several times. Bob was so moved by the level of musicianship this band possessed, and pronounced them “such damn good musicians” (“damn good” were always Bob’s highest words of praise — and he used them with discretion). When Bob passed away several weeks later, his family asked Toubab Krewe to perform at his memorial. The band generously agreed, and made the trek from New Hampshire, where they were touring, to share their music with over 500 of Bob’s friends and family. At the end of the memorial, there was a crowd of people dancing to Toubab’s music. It’s not too often that you see people dancing at a memorial, but then again, Bob Moog was never one for convention.
Proceeds from this very special fund raising event will assist The Bob Moog Foundation reach its goal of creating a Bob Moog Museum, or Moogseum, in Asheville. The Moogseum will house Bob Moog’s extensive archives, feature interactive instrument-based exhibits and serve as an educational, historical and cultural resource to Asheville and the wider music community.
Mooged-Out at MoDaddy’s with Toubab Krewe will take place from 5-8 pm at MoDaddy’s, 77 Biltmore Ave. (next door to The Orange Peel). Tickets are available at MoDaddy’s for a minimum donation of $30. Space is limited.
What does it mean for Toubab Krewe to be Mooged-Out?
Toubab Krewe is a band that achieves it’s unique and diverse sound by combining traditional West African instruments with instruments that would be found in a traditional rock band. Their highly skilled and adventurous use of their gear is one of the things that helps to energize the live performances that they are well known for. At the Bob Moog Foundation benefit on April 24, the band will perform a special set of music that will be highlighted by including Moog equipment in each band members’ rig. This will challenge each band member to become educated on the expressive nature of the gear that helped make the Moog name a classic. In turn, the audience at MoDaddy’s will witness Toubab Krewe presenting their music in an experimental forum.
And now for the more technical aspects of the evening:
The Bob Moog Foundation has worked closely with Toubab Krewe to determine which Moog gear would best suit each band member. All guitars will be routed through Moogerfooger effect modules in order to shape the tones. There will be a Theremin, two Moog synthesizers, and the new Moog Guitar on stage. The sounds produced on the stage will then be routed to the soundboard where there will be a variety of Moogerfoogers to assist with processing on the drums, percussion, and kora. The Moogerfoogers will also assist in panning the sounds around the room in the surround sound system. This will be an intimate auditory experience that will be best appreciated from the middle of the room.
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MoogLab at Tron-a-Thon - April 10 and 11, 2009
Tron-A-Thon, Asheville’s Electronic Music Summit will be a two day event in downtown Asheville combining Club Nashwa and Hookah Joe’s with two stages of hip music from today’s electronic music scene.
Headlining the event will be: Pnuma Trio, Future Rock, Eliot Lipp, DJ Rootz, and Kap10
Along with regional acts:
DJ Ginza, Sci Fi, Freepeoples Freequency, DJ Bowie, Random Rabbit, Two Fresh, Agobi Project, Par D, EP3, Midnight Ace, Mindelixer, Darth Brown, Tropa, Auquarium, and Somni Suit. To see Tron-a-Thon’s official webiste, click here.
To celebrate Asheville’s electronic music heritage, Tron-a-Thon will feature Bob Moog Foundation’s interactive MoogLab . MoogLab will offer theremin stations at which attendees can play this early electronic instrument through various Moogerfoogers (signal processing pedals). Moog synthesizers and a Moogerfooger Remix Station will be available for attendees to explore. Participants are encouraged to bring their iPod or other playback device, which they can hook up to the Moogerfoogers and remix tracks of their choice through these sonically rich devices. The resulting sounds will be recorded, and available for a small donation to the Bob Moog Foundation.
Tickets are available on tronathon.com
Club Nashwa and Hookah Joe’s, 38 B N. French Broad Street, Asheville, NC
MoogLab + Video Mixing at HATCHfest Asheville – April 15-19, 2009
HATCH is an international non-profit organization committed to mentoring in the creative and media arts. The mission of HATCH is to provide mentorship, education, inspiration and recognition to the next generation of creative innovators. You can find out much more about HATCHfest Asheville here.
For HATCHfest Asheville, MoogLab will be present on Friday night, April 17th at the Design & Technology Exhibit Reception from 6-8pm with a setup including interactive theremins, Moog synthesizers and Moogerfoogers, all being used as innovative interfaces for video mixing. Our Board member Sean McDonald is the driving force, guiding MoogLab to explore video manipulation through our electronic gear.
HATCHfest Asheville’s official website is www.hatchasheville.org.
Lake Eden Arts Festival Gets “Mooged-Out” – May 8 and 9, 2009
LEAF continues to be a strong supporter of The Bob Moog Foundation. This year will see an interactive setup on Friday, May 8 in the barn exhibit are which will include Theremins, Moog synthesizers, and Moogerfooger effects, in addition to performances by Bob Moog Foundation volunteers.
On Saturday, May 9, LEAF will be getting “Mooged-Out”. The Bob Moog Foundation will be featuring the “Mooged-Out” sound in a late night showcase. Creative Director Dave Hamilton will set up an array of Moog equipment on stage and will be mixing in different performers from the festival into the Moog rig. The resulting live remix will be pumped into a surround sound system for dancing pleasure.
Check out LEAF’swebsite: www.theleaf.org.
Filed under: Moogseum | Tags: asheville, community outreach, contemporary arts center, digital archive, electronic music, interactive, moog museum, Moogseum, North Carolina, performance space, science center, sonic exploratorium, young inventors lab
Those of you who were at Winter NAMM ’09 were lucky enough to see the sneak preview of our planned Bob Moog Museum, or Moogseum. We are immensely proud of this project, as it represents the culmination of over three years of energy, focus and vision — and ongoing support from all of you. The Moogseum will be the convergence of the Foundation’s goals of educating and inspiring people through electronic music, just as Bob did himself. It will serve as a educational, historical and cultural resource to Western North Carolina and the worldwide electronic music community through the following exhibits and facilities:
- An interactive timeline of the life and work of Bob Moog and the many people with whom he collaborated
- An archival center where rare documents, including project notes, articles, photos and schematics from Bob Moog’s archives, can be viewed on an interactive LED screen
- Several interactive instrument-based exhibits that will allow people the ability to experience the science behind the sound of electfonic music. We envision bays of Theremins hooked up to Moogerfoogers and rows of synthesizers hooked up to oscilloscopes filling our interactive area. A modular synthesis wall is planned as well.
- A Young Inventors Lab where children will be inspired to explore electronic music and create their own prototype through our Youth Outreach programs, afterschool workshops and summer camps.
- A rotating exhibit space which highlights new innovations in musical instrument interface as well as shared exhibits from other museums.
- A 200 seat performance space that will host concerts, lectures, festivals and sound exhibits
Gene Felice (www.genefelice.com) created an amazing artist’s conceptualization of the Moogseum, seen above & below. To download the full proposal in PDF format, including these conceptualizations and many more, click here.
The Foundation is in the initial planning stages for the Moogseum, and projects the facility to open in the next three to five years. Premliminary costs for Phase One of the facilty are estimated to be $3 million, which will be raised from granting organizations, corporate sponsors and private donors.
Please keep checking this blog for updates regarding the Moogseum.
If you’d like to support the planning phase of our efforts, please donate via our website or send a donation to: The Bob Moog Foundation, P.O. Box 8136, Asheville, NC 28814. All donations are tax-deductible.
Filed under: mini moogseum, Moogseum | Tags: archive, Bob Moog, craftsmanship, interactive, mini moogseum, Moogseum, museum, theremin, wood
The Bob Moog Foundation, and Bob Moog himself, have had a long and supportive relationship with Asheville’s premiere music club, the Orange Peel Social Aid and Pleasure Club. The Orange Peel, which was recently voted one of the top five clubs in the country by Rolling Stone Magazine, hosted Bob Moog’s memorial on August 24, 2005. Since that time, the Foundation has had two fundraisers at the Peel, and has collaborated on other projects as well. Recently, Pat Whalen, General Manager at the Peel, asked the Foundation to create a permanent installation for the club that would honor Bob Moog, his impact on the world of music and his connection to the Asheville area.
With the help of Gene Felice, the multi-media artist who designed our fantastic Moogseum conceptualizations, the creation of the “Mini-Moogseum” is well under way. When asked if he could help with the graphics on this project, Gene went well beyond the call of duty and became the project manager. He designed the structure and worked with our Executive Director to bring the project to fruition. You can download Gene’s initial designs of the project here.
The creation of the Mini-Moogseum has been the result of the amazing support of many craftsmen and local businesses. Cormark International generously donated all of the beautiful african mohagany that forms the exterior of the showcase, and Asheville Hardware donated the hardware to complete it. We had the incredibly good fortune of finding Chris Perryman of Domus Aurea Woodworking Studio, who donated over 70 hours of his time to building the structure. Chris is a highly skilled, wood craftsman whose artful, fun and eclectic designs are featured in some of the leading crafts galleries in the country.
The showcase, which stands 7 feet high and 5 feet wide, will house a small rotating exhibit from Bob Moog’s archives, as well as information about Bob Moog, his impact on the world of music and his connection to the Asheville area, where he lived and worked for 25 years. At it’s base, the showcase will feature a custom designed Theremin interface created by Moog Music engineer (and former student of Bob Moog) Steve Dunnington. The Theremin will add an interactive sound-based component to the exhibit.
As you can see from these photos, the frame for the Mini-Moogseum is complete (thanks a million, Chris!). We are working on the electronics for the Theremin, the interior lighting, the printed graphics and content display for the interior. We’re aiming to have the showcase installed within the next month or two.
Please continue to check back, as we’ll be blogging about the progress of this project as it unfolds. If you’d like to make a donation to the project, please visit the Moog Foundation Website and click on “Online Donation” at the bottom of the page.