Godfather of Techno Morton Subotnick Performs at Moogfest

Morton Subotnick | Photo courtesy of the artist

On Oct. 26, electronic music pioneer and former CalArts faculty member Morton Subotnick performs at Moogfest in Asheville, North Carolina. Subotnick, who helped plan music curriculum for CalArts in 1969 and became the first associate dean of the School of Music (now The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts), is widely credited for helping usher in a new era of electronic music with his seminal work, Silver Apples of the Moon.

The two-day festival celebrates the “innovative spirit” of electronic music visionary and inventor of the Moog synthesizer, Bob Moog (1934–2005).

More from the Moogfest website:

Like Bob Moog, Subotnick is a true innovator of electronic music and his Silver Apples of the Moon (1967) is one of the most influential pieces of electronic music and has inspired a generation of composers, performers, and music theorists. … [The piece was] recently entered into the National Registry of Recorded works at the Library of Congress. Only 300 recordings throughout the entire history of recordings have been chosen.

In addition to Subotnick, the festival features a performance by recent alumna, Julia Holter (Music/Intermedia MFA 09), as well as artists creating a broad range of electronic music, from dance music duo Orbital to rapper El-P to experimental pop group, Black Moth Super Rainbow.

Last spring, Subotnick played at REDCAT with the California E.A.R. Unit in a performance of From Silver Apples to a Sky of Cloudless Sulfur (an excerpt of that performance is below).

Various Venues
Ashville, North Carolina

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