Tickets have become available for this years’ Moogfest celebration of all things Moogy and synthy. Part of the show is the highly sought after workshops where you get to build a bonafide Moog synthesizer guided by real-life Moog engineers. Last year it was the DFAM, the year before that the BFAM. This year it’s a Semi-Modular Harmonic Kaleidoscope (I like to call it the SMHK – but that’s just me) called the Sub-Harmonicon.
It’s a new instrument and one based on some extraordinarily vintage curiosities. Moogfest says it’s based upon the Trautonium electronic instrument created by Friedrich Trautwein in 1929 and featured a ribbon pitch controller. And also the Rythmicon, a proto-drum machine created in 1930 by Leon Theremin (yes, Theremin) and Henry Cowell. Apparently, it’s all tied together by Joseph Schillinger’s system of music theory.
They say the result is something that divides into itself until everything that is up becomes down. Sounds like fun!
To get access to the two-day workshop you have to buy an Engineer Pass to the festival. That will cost you $1,500 but you do get to take your instrument away with you at the end of the workshop. Be aware that there are large ticket fees and sales tax charged by Eventbrite.
A regular Festival Pass costs $199 with access to all the performances, conferences, smaller workshops and demo areas. The Moogerfooger Pass costs $449 and gets you into some VIP areas, workshop priority and a goodie bag.
It all takes place in Durham, NC, USA from Thursday 17th May until Sunday 20th May and is known as a thoroughly good time with some amazing artists performing. And like last year, if anyone out there would like a Sub-Harmonicon and can’t get to the festival then please fly me out there and I’ll build it for you – honestly, get it touch!
- Moogfest website