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Moogfest 2016: Grimes, Gary Numan, Blood Orange in North Carolina

Electronic-infused musical acts like Odesza and Oneohtrix Point Never were also showcased

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Gary Numan played albums like 1979's 'The Pleasure Principle' and 1980's 'Telekon' in full at Moogfest 2016.

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A formidable, diverse line-up of musical performers at this year's edition of Moogfest – which took place in the "Research Triangle" of Durham, North Carolina, over three days from May 19th through 21st – was nothing to scoff at, as it explored a nexus of adventurous sounds and accessible ideas. As Chris Weingarten notes in his recap, the most "now" music at the fest was the "digital-based, sculptural, sound-stretching mutant techno of Rabit, Tim Hecker, Ben Frost and Oneohtrix Point Never. Also, performances by Grimes, GZA, Laurie Anderson, Gary Numan, Blood Orange were also highlights. As Weingarten notes, popular kids show Yo Gabba Gabba! invited "both adults and children to experiment with new sounds," but it was "more like TED Talks Jr. inserted into a cascade of technical nightmares." Check out more exclusive photos of the convergence of musicians, scientists, futurists, relentlessly optimistic tech types that may prognosticate the future of music.

Sylvan Esso; 2016; MoogFest

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Sylvan Esso’s Nick Sanborn

Nick Sanborn is one-half of Sylvan Esso, and he's now released Penumbra, Sanborn's debut EP under the name Made of Oak.

Hundred Waters; 2016; MoogFest

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Hundred Waters

Comprised of musicians Nicole Miglis, Trayer Tryon, and Zach Tetreault, Hundred Waters cascades acoustic and electric.

I Speak Machine; 2016; MoogFest

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I Speak Machine Performance

Vocalist/composer Tara Busch and filmmaker Maf Lewis are I Speak Machine. Together they make "brooding soundtracks and horror/sci-fi films, creating audio and visual in unison and giving both elements equal prominence."

Grimes; 2016; MoogFest

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Grimes

Grimes turned "cutting-edge experimental ideas into a pop spectacle," according to Chris Weingarten. "Between the huge crowd, the massive bass and the dancers, everything about her set looked like a pop show, but the sounds were as out-there as many of the weekend's chillier, more expressionistic acts. You could hear the cold, harp-like, synthetic-sounding synths that power artists like Fatima Al Qadiri and the desiccated Weather Channel music of vaporwave. Grimes turned the distorted, nostalgic noises of the past into an exultant, extroverted pop future."

Yo Gabba Gabba; 2016; MoogFest

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Yo Gabba Gabba!

Popular kids show Yo Gabba Gabba! invited "both adults and children to experiment with new sounds."

2016; MoogFest; Dawn Richardson

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Dawn Richard

Since she started as a member of Danity Kane, the singer-songwriter has had solo success, releasing her sophomore album, Blackheart, last year.

Dorit Chrysler; DJ Lance Rock; Mark Mothersbaug; 2016; MoogFest

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Mark Mothersbaug, DJ Lance Rock and Dorit Chrysler

Dorit Chrysler is one of the few Theremin virtuosos and she joined Mark Mothersbaug DJ Lance Rock for the Yo Gabba Gabba! set at Moogfest.

Moon Ribas; 2016; MoogFest

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Moon Ribas

Catalan choreographer Moon Ribas is the co-founder of the Cyborg Foundation, an international organization that aims to help people become cyborgs, defend cyborg rights, and promote cyborgism as an artistic and social movement. 

Laurie Anderson; 2016; MoogFest

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Laurie Anderson

Always an innovator, Laurie Anderson spoke with Jana Hunter, from the band Lower Dens, on the final day of Moogfest.

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