Long before Massive, Sylenth-1, Nexus, or Serum, there was Moog. Decades before EDM existed, Bob Moog created synthesizers that would help reshape the entire world of music. And though Bob passed away in 2005, his synthesizers are still loved by some of the greatest artists in EDM, including Deadmau5 and Daft Punk. (The header image of this article shows Daft Punk using Moog Voyager synths in their live show.)

Moog Music has carried on Bob's legacy, continuing to innovate in music technology, and create a community of musicians, visual artists, engineers, filmmakers, and fans with their annual Moogfest in North Carolina. Sadly, North Carolina's state government has recently passed laws that eliminate anti-discrimination protections for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer population. Moog Music has released the following statement, taking a stand against these laws, and indicating that they will organize to fight against them.

To our global community of artists, technologists, and future-thinkers.

We are stunned by the news this week, and we invite you to join us in opposing regressive, unjust discrimination of all kinds.

House Bill 2, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, passed on Wednesday by North Carolina’s legislature and signed into law by the governor, eliminates anti-discrimination protections for all lesbians, gays and bisexuals and bars transgender people from using bathrooms that do not match the gender they were born with.

Moogfest is proud of its home in Durham, its heritage in Asheville, and our friends throughout the state of North Carolina. But we adamantly oppose this law, and any laws that enable or encourage exclusion and bigotry.

Moogfest is dedicated to the legacy of Bob Moog, an engineer who partnered with artists to create new technological tools for creative expression. It was Bob’s lifelong belief that true innovation comes through collaboration, not exclusion. Moogfest offers an inclusive environment where all people come together to explore big ideas for the future. We value diversity, self-expression and experimentation above all else. This discriminatory law not only runs counter to the basic principles of equality, fairness, and justice – it is a direct affront to our principled mission.

We will have spaces dedicated to education and dialogue around these issues and we will take every step possible to ensure that Moogfest remains a safe and welcoming space for all festival-goers, especially the many LGBTQ artists and speakers joining us this year.

We invite all fans of Moogfest to join us. We are standing our ground in North Carolina, and will use every opportunity to protest this law – on the stage, in the streets, and on social media.

Follow and share the story on social media #WeAreNotThis #HB2 #NC

Support the work of our allies at the ACLU of North Carolina

Sign Equality NC's petition

Synthesize love,

Your friends at Moogfest

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