Moogfest And The Genius Of Its Namesake

Bob Moog, namesake of the annual Moogfest music festival in Asheville, N.C.

Bob Moog, namesake of the annual Moogfest music festival in Asheville, N.C.

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Around this time each year, a remarkably gifted group of artists, making incredibly inspired electronic and experimental rock music, gathers in the misty Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, N.C., for the annual Moogfest. The festival was created as a way to honor the creative spirit of Robert Moog, a pioneer of electronic music and inventor of the Moog synthesizer. If it weren't for him, many of the artists attending the festival might never have been able to make the kind of music they make.

NPR Music is headed to Moogfest to take in some of the shows, and we hope to post some of them online for you to hear. All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen recently talked with Moogfest organizer Ashley Capps about the festival, and about how it embodies Robert Moog's unique vision.

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