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Moogfest announces its 2016 band list

Laurie Anderson will do a solo performance called “The Language of the Future” at Moogfest in Durham.
Laurie Anderson will do a solo performance called “The Language of the Future” at Moogfest in Durham. Moogfest

In a bit more than five months, Moogfest -- the multi-media festival centered on electronic music, which is moving to Durham from Asheville -- will kick off its Triangle debut. But pieces of the lineup are already coming together.

Festival organizers just announced the initial list of acts, which you can find in alphabetical order (by first name) below. Along with performances in 17 venues from clubs to theaters, including a free outdoor stage, Moogfest will have daytime workshops and panels including keynotes by Sirius satellite-radio founder Martine Rothblatt (who is billed as a “transhumanist pharma tycoon”) and virtual-reality visionary Jaron Lanier.

Festival passes go for $249 for general admission; $499 for VIP, which includes various perks; and $1,000 for “Engineer VIP,” which includes additional perks plus the opportunity to work with Moog engineers to custom-build your own Moog synthesizer. No experience is necessary for that last one, “but basic soldering knowledge is recommended.”

It happens May 19-22 in Durham. For details, check moogfest.com. Other highlights from the very eclectic lineup:

*Gary Numan, the influential electronic pioneer best-known to the U.S. mainstream for the new-wave signpost “Cars,” performing his three landmark albums “Replicas,” “The Pleasure Principle” and “Telekon.”

*Mark Mothersbaugh, similarly iconic guiding light of the band Devo.

*GZA, also known as The Genius, key member of the Wu Tang Clan.

*Laurie Anderson, multi-media performer extraordinaire (and, fittingly, onetime artist-in-residence at NASA), doing a solo performance called “The Language of the Future.”

*Sun Ra Arkestra, the space-age jazz band, still keeping the vibe alive more than two decades after leader Sun Ra’s 1993 death.

*Daniel Lanois, steel-guitarist and producer/sonic architect behind landmark albums by U2, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris and many others.

*Two true titans of bass -- P-Funk’s Bootsy Collins, and Mike Dean from Raleigh hardcore institution Corrosion of Conformity.

(Mea culpa: mistaken identity, this Mike Dean is the one playing Moogfest.)

*Two wildly different acts from Seattle, drone-metal stalwarts Sunn O))) and electronic duo ODESZA.

*King Mez, the Raleigh rapper who scored a high-profile three-track cameo on Dr. Dre’s album “Compton” earlier this year.

Here’s the full lineup

Actress, ADULT., Alessandro Cortini, Amos Gaynes, Angus Taylor, Anna Friz, Antenes, Arthur Russell’s Instrumentals, Ben Frost, Ben Russell, Bicep, Blazer Soundsystem, Blood Orange, The Body, Bootsy Collins, Christian Rich, Chuck Lightning, Daniel Bachman, Daniel Lanois, Dave Tompkins, David Katz, Dawn of Midi, Dawn Richard, Daye Jack, Demo Taped, Dennis Bovell, Denzel Curry, DJ Harvey, DJ Lance Rock & Yo Gabba Gabba, DJ Nanny Cantaloupe, Dorit Chrysler, Earthly, Emma Coates, Empress Of, Explosions in the Sky, Floating Points, Gary Numan, Gil Weinberg & Shimon Project, Greg Fox, Grouper, Gwenno, GZA, Hanz, The Haxan Cloak, Heathered Pearls, Hieroglyphic Being, Hundred Waters, I Speak Machine, Jaakko Eino Kalevi, Jaron Lanier, Jeff Kolar, Jlin, Jon Wiley, Julia Holter, Juliana Huxtable, Julianna Barwick, Justin Grotelueschen, Kaitlin Prest, Karen Gwyer, Kate Stone, King Mez, Kode9, Kristen Gallerneaux, Kyle Hall, Kyle McDonald, Larry Gus, Laurel Halo, Laurent “Tippy” Alfred, Laurie Anderson, Leopold Ross, Lister Hewan-Lowe, Lotic, Lunice, M. Geddes Gengras, Mac McCaughan, Mad Professor, Made of Oak, Mark Mothersbaugh, Dr. Martine Rothblatt, Mike Dean, Modular on the Spot, Moses Sumney, Mykki Blanco, Neil Harbisson, No Effects with Jesse Cohen, ODESZA, Olivia Block, Oneohtrix Point Never, Onyx Ashanti, The Orb, Paula Temple, Professor Toon, Qrion, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Rabit, RBTS Win, Reggie Watts, Rich Vreeland, Rick Smith, Rival Consoles, Robert Hood, Robert Rich, Ryan Germick, Ryan Hemsworth, Sam Conran, Scott McCloud, Shallou, Sharon Mashihi, Silver Apples, Simian Mobile Disco, Son Lux, Song Exploder with Hrishikesh, Sun Ra Arkestra, sunn O))), Susan Kare, Suzanne Ciani, Tim Hecker, Toby Heys, Tod Machover, Tory, Lanez, Trandle, Tyondai Braxton, UV boi, Van Partible, Veronica Vasicka, Via App, Well$, YACHT, Zombi

David Menconi: 919-829-4759, @NCDavidMenconi