Saturday, April 26, 2014

Kraftwerk, Dan Deacon, Flying Lotus, and more scenes from Moogfest 2014

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WE ARE THE ROBOTS: Kraftwerk at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on Thurs., April 24.
  • Mike White
  • WE ARE THE ROBOTS: Kraftwerk at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on Thurs., April 24.

Moogfest 2014 has kicked into high gear for the weekend. As Asheville, N.C. pays homage to the life and legacy of the city's favorite son, Bob Moog, an electronic odyssey featuring panel talks with early electronic music luminaries, DJ sets, three-hour-long extended durational performances, and massive sets from Flying Lotus, Pet Shop Boys, Dan Deacon, and the likes are underway.

Kraftwerk made its first of three appearances at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on Thurs., April 24. "The Robots" lead into it what turned out to be a greatest hits set. As classics such as "Numbers," "Computer World," "Home Computer," and "Computer Love" were building steam, the bass dropped out, and the massive 3D visual display went dark: Kraftwerk blew up the sound system at just about half an hour into what was supposed to be two-hour show.

Technicians scrambled to fix the glitch, and after about a 30-minute delay, one of the group's founding members, Ralf Hütter led the group, which included Fritz Hilpert, Henning Schmitz, and Falk Grieffenhagen - dressed like extras from the set of the Tron reboot - back onto the stage to resume the set. "Let's hope the equipment performs similarly to how we compose the music," Hütter announced. And within the first few notes of "The Man Machine," Kraftwerk was back with a vengeance, powering through "The Model," "Autobahn," "Spacelab," "Radioactivity," "Trans Europe Express," and an unstoppable collision of "Boing Boom Tschak," "Techno Pop" and "Musique Non Stop."

The 3D component was the star of the show, particularly during "Spacelab," when UFOs hovered over the room, and a holographic antennae array on a orbiting satellite came hurtling toward the crowd. People gasped and shifted in their seats to get out of its way. Through it all the four members of Kraftwerk remained stiff-legged, twisting knobs and nodding the heads to the beat.

The following is just a handful of scenes from throughout the festivals first three days. Stay tuned for more.

El-P at the Orange Peel on Wed., April 23.
  • Chad Radford
  • "How many of y'all love your modular systems?" El-P at the Orange Peel Wed., April 23.

Flying Lotus at the Orange Peel Wed., April 23.

LEFT TO THEIR OWN DEVICES: Pet Shop Boys at Thomas Wole Auditorium Wednesday night.
  • Mike White
  • LEFT TO THEIR OWN DEVICES: Pet Shop Boys at Thomas Wole Auditorium Wednesday night.

Dorit Chrysler in the lobby at Pack Place Thurs., April 24.
  • Chad Radford
  • Dorit Chrysler in the lobby at Pack Place Thurs., April 24.

Dorit Chrysler.

Bradford Cox and Nick Zinner in the midst of an immersive, improvisatory, durational performance.
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  • Bradford Cox (Deerhunter) and Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) in the midst of an immersive, improvisatory, durational performance at the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design Thursday afternoon.

PARTING THE RED SEA: Dan Deacon at New Earth Thursday night.
  • Scott Burland
  • PARTING THE RED SEA: Dan Deacon at New Earth Thursday night.

Gavin Russom performing a durational set at the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design April 25.
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  • Gavin Russom (DFA) performing a durational set at the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design Friday, April 25.

UNVEILING THE EMERSON MOOG MODULAR SYSTEM: From left: Cyril Lance (Moogs Chief Engineer), Herb Deutsch (co-inventor of the Moog synthesizer) and Keith Emerson.
  • Mike White
  • UNVEILING THE EMERSON MOOG MODULAR SYSTEM: From left: Cyril Lance (Moog's Chief Engineer), Herb Deutsch (co-inventor of the Moog synthesizer) and Keith Emerson.

The scene at the Broadway outdoor stage Friday afternoon.
  • Chad Radford
  • The scene at the Broadway outdoor stage Friday afternoon before Egyptian Lover took the stage.

COMPUTER WORLD: Kraftwerk at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on Thurs., April 24.
  • Mike White
  • COMPUTER WORLD: Kraftwerk at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on Thurs., April 24.

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

The scene at the Kraftwerk show Thursday night.

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