This year’s NEEMFest (NorthEastern Electro-Music Festival) was held September 7-9, 2018 in Homer, NY. Now in its 14th* year, the performance-centric gathering features three full days of innovative electronic music concerts, workshops, seminars, demonstrations, video artists, industry-name interviews, and a mini-swap meet.
I’ve been performing at some form of this event since 2010, with additional appearances at related events in Asheville, NC and Kutztown, PA.
Though I had some great video collaborators and improvised visuals in the past, I challenged myself to create my own visuals this year. This resulted in two new audio/video pieces (“Shampoo” and “Truth”) that were premiered during my solo set.
I’ll also had the opportunity once again for a collaboration with Mario-enrique Paoli and Karl Fury called “Signal to Noise” (with visuals by Steve Mokris). An impromptu appearance in the Elecro-music Chamber Orchestra, led by Andrew Koenig was also great fun.
NEEMFest included a live Skype Q&A with Michelle Moog-Koussa (yes, THAT Moog!), as well as a raffle for a Behringer Model D Synthesizer (which I sadly did not win).
Other highlights included:
- a hands-on “Synthesizer Petting Zoo,” with various rare and odd synthesizers, drum machines, and other pieces of electronic music gear you simply do not see very often.
- a Skype interview with developer Geert Bevin, who has made significant contributions to music software, including work at Moog.
- a presentation by Trevor Pinch, coauthor of Analog Days: The Invention and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer.