Moogfest took this year off as they prepared to move to their new home of Durham, North Carolina after being nudged out of Asheville. But they’re coming back for sure — they’ve just announced that the next fest will take place 5/19-22 in 2016. To celebrate the announcement, the festival has shared an EP called Translational Drifts, the first in a series of releases featuring contemporary artists covering electronic music influencers. The first volume has Dan Deacon, YACHT, Julianna Barwick, Moses Sumney, and ADULT. covering Brian Eno, Devo, Suicide, Laurie Anderson, and Pet Shop Boys respectively. You can check out the whole EP below.
Here’s Dan Deacon on his selection:
When I got the initial email about the comp and saw the list of artists available to cover I immediately thought about Eno’s Music for Airports. I often think about different airports are from when that piece was initially composed. I thought about how frantic and chaotic airports are now, how overwhelming they can be. From there I began thinking about how to best realize a cover.
I chose to “transcribe” Eno’s recording using Ableton audio to MIDI tools. After some cleaning of the MIDI I ramped the tempo to 999 beats per minute and recorded it being performed by a computer controlled upright player piano. To me the track somehow still maintains an ambient feel due to the new cluster formations that appear due to the insane speed.
I went with the player piano, over synths, as the instrument because my favorite performance memory from Moogfest was my four hour durational performance for player piano and electronics. I actually bought the piano off Craigslist specifically for that Moogfest set.
A limited amount of pre-sale tickets for next year’s Moogfest are available now.