Amoeblog Exclusive: Moogfest Dial Tones LA, Dec 20th with YACHT, Nosaj Thing, & RSVP for limited space Synth Workshop

Posted by Billyjam, December 14, 2015 05:29pm | Post a Comment

In following last week's Amoeblog report on the richly diverse lineup for the Moogfest 2016 happening in Durham, NC in five months, here's an Amoeblog exclusive on the related Moogfest Dial Tones event in LA. Taking place at the Downtown Los Angeles Ace Hotel on Sunday, December 20th, Moogfest Dial Tones LA will be curated by acclaimed LA producer Nosaj Thing and feature a DJ after party on the rooftop curated by YACHT, who are among the 100+ acts scheduled for next May's festival dedicated to creator Dr. Robert Moog. Left is cover art of YACHT's most recent and most ambitious release to date. The album Thought The Future Would Be Cooler (also available in white vinyl) first arrived in Amoeba in October.

A kind of warm-up to the Moogfest 2016, the international Moogfest Dial Tones series began a week ago with a kickoff event in Durham.  In partnership with Ace Hotels, the Dial Tones series is a refreshing balance of creative workshops and performances. Think daytime synth workshops and nighttime synth drone performances.

At this coming weekend's LA Dial Tones event producer Nosaj Thing is planning on building a bed of synth keyboards (a la Rick Wakeman of Yes back in da day) for the unique improv performance he will be curating when he and other invited artists will play the series of (count 'em) twelve synthesizers for "a long-form drone" set. Those joining by WeDidIt founder Shlohmo, Warpaint’s Emily Kokal, DJ Dodger Stadium, Teebs, and D Tiberio. For those who cannot make the improv session, this set will be streamed live from 9pm on Immediately following this promising improvisational ambient drone jam, the party moves up to the rooftop of the Ace Hotel at 10:30pm for a DJ party hosted by YACHT who'll spin some tunes along with  M. Geddes Gengras (another Moogfest 2016 artist), Jerome LOL, Lovefingers, and Heidi.

Earlier in the day, the workshops portion of the Dial Tones LA event takes place. In the workshop, a Moog engineer will do a hands-on class on how to build a Werkstatt-01 Synthesizer. The workshops will be followed by a Q&A session. Workshops are divided into two parts; one is the DubLab sponsored event at 1:30pm for designated students. The later one for adults begins at 7pm but is on a very limited basis. There is only space for 20 participants and on a first-come, first-served basis for the first 20 to RSVP via  See full schedule below.


1:00PM Doors for Children's Workshop open.
1:30PM Youth Workshop
6:00PM Doors for Adult Workshop
6:30PM Adult Workshop
8:30PM Doors for Performance
9:00PM Performance by Nosaj & co.
10:30PM After Party with YACHT performing live on rooftop.

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