MOOGFEST: ‘Beats and Star Wars Demo’ mixes sound, tech

May 19, 2016
The Herald-Sun

Music, STEM, beats and Star Wars converged Thursday morning in one of the first workshops of Moogfest. Moogfest is a four-day festival of sound and technology that is held every two years — previously in Asheville, now in Durham.

“Beats and Star Wars Demo” was led by Pierce Freelon of Durham, the hip-hop artist, professor and founder of Blackspace, a beats making studio in Chapel Hill and now, downtown Durham, too. Freelon just launched a Kickstarter funding campaign to outfit the new Durham Afrofuturism digital makerspace used by high school students from Durham School of the Arts and Hillside New Tech High School. “Beats and Star Wars Demo” was part of Moogfest’s STEAM programming, which is STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — with an A added for art. The demo and workshop was presented in Full Frame Theater of the Power Plant at American Tobacco Campus.

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