12 noon - 7pm

Saturday 25 May 2019

Moog Symposium - a celebration of eMego: exhibitions, synth demo, lecture and discussion

The day of events, talks and discussion will feature a keynote lecture by Paul Purgas on India’s first experimental electronic music studio, founded with the support of David Tudor, and focused around a Moog System 55. The talk will include playback of electronic works created in the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, Gujarat between 1969 and 1972.

This event is a part of the two-day Moog Symposium  - a celebration of eMego.


Studio One
Performing Arts Technology Studios (PATS) Building
University of Surrey
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Linking to contemporary modular synthesis, Tony Myatt will be joined by Peter Rehberg, Russell Haswell and Matthew Alum in a panel to discuss approaches to live performance with modular synthesiser systems. The symposium with also include talks by Matthew Alum from ALM Busy Circuits, and Andrew Duff (University of Sussex) in presentations about contemporary eurorack modular synthesis design and manufacturer.

The Moog Symposium is also delighted to host an exhibition of Japanoise flyers created between 1994 to 2011, from the personal collection of Kohei Gomi (Pain Jerk / AMP Label). Attendees to the evening performance will receive a free copy of the extensive full colour catalogue of the Japanoise exhibition, with forewords by David Novak (author of Japanoise (Duke Uni Press 2023), Lasse Marhaug, Paul Smith (Moog Recordings Library/blastfirstpetite).

The Japanoise exhibition and publication were created with the kind support of The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

Programme of events

12 middayJapanese flyer exhibition (drinks and buffet).
1pmTech table talk: contemporary modular synth manufacturer talk with Andrew Duff.
2pmPaul Purgas lecture.
3pmLinking to contemporary modular synthesis Tony Myatt will be joined by Peter Rehburg, Russell Haswell and Matthew Alum in a panel to discuss approaches to live performance with modular synthesiser systems.
4pmNew modules from Future Sound Systems.
5pmMoog recording library, in the foyer with Japanese exhibition.

About the Moog Symposium

The Moog Symposium at Surrey unites the historic innovations of Bob Moog’s synthesisers with contemporary practices and technologies in modular synthesis; an approach to sound generation instigated by the pioneering creativity of Bob Moog’s designs.

As part of the re-shaped Guildford International Music Festival the University of Surrey presents a celebration of the Vienna-based electronic music label Edition Mego. eMego have become one of the world’s leading publishers of electronic and experimental music. The label founder and director Peter Rehberg (Pita) will perform alongside one the UK’s most significant and innovative audio artists Russell Haswell.

About the Moog Sound Lab

The Department of Music and Media has been home to the Moog Soundlab UK for the past three years, hosting a series of artist residencies and student workshops. The Soundlab has provided a fantastic resource for students studying music, creative music technology and music and sound recording (Tonmeister), who have worked with the lab and also supported a series of international artists who have been invited to create new works. The Moog Soundlab project has been coordinated in collaboration with an independent producer, Paul Smith, who curates MSL artist residencies.

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