Moogfest: Dial-Tones with Suzanne Ciani

March 5th, 2016 marks the fourth installment of Moogfest Dial-Tones, a national workshop and performance series that combines education, live performance, and after-parties. In addition to workshops led by Moog Music engineer Chris David Howe, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts and Moogfest are proud to announce a momentous occasion with legendary Suzanne Ciani playing the Buchla synthesizer in quadraphonic sound, followed by an after party with INHALT and Justin Anastasi.

Entry to Dial-Tones: San Francisco is FREE with RSVP. The performance portion of this event is 21+.

San Franciscans can learn how to build a Moog synthesizer and experience a live performance by legendary synthesist and electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani at Moogfest Dial-Tones here at Gray Area on Saturday, March 5th.

Taking place in select cities around the world, Dial-Tones is an event series offering an exclusive preview of the Moogfest 2016 experience. Curated by Moogfest, Dial-Tones celebrates the form and frequencies surrounding ambient, drone, and microtonal compositions, as well as the technology behind the art of synthesis. The San Francisco edition is presented in partnership with Gray Area, a Moogfest 2016 Program Partner.

Celebrating the legacy of Dr. Robert Moog and the influence his inventions have had on how people hear the world, Moogfest 2016 will feature more than 250 of the world’s most forward-thinking musicians, artists, and technologists -- from GZA, Gary Numan, Laurie Anderson and Grimes to virtual-reality pioneer Jaron Lanier, transhumanist visionary Dr. Martine Rothblatt, and cyborg artist Neil Harbisson. For more on the lineup and programming, visit

Dial-Tones will kickoff with afternoon and early evening workshops for children and adults, led by Moog Music engineer Chris David Howe. The workshops will allow participants to explore the beauty and power of analog circuitry and subtractive synthesis by building a Moog Werkstatt-01 synthesizer. Special $200 Moogfest 2016 pre-sale tickets are available to Dial-Tones attendees with special packages available that also include a synthesizer.

Dial-Tones will continue into the evening with Moogfest 2016 headliner Suzanne Ciani’s first solo performance with the Buchla synthesizer in 40 years. Ciani will perform in quadraphonic sound for an all out immersive sonic experience. An after-party will follow featuring DJ sets by INHALT and Justin Anastasi.

Seating is limited for all Dial-Tones events. Please reserve a spot today by RSVPing

  • 12:30pm: Youth Workshop
  • Partnering with Gray Area, Dial-Tones provides youth with a fun, intensive hands-on educational opportunity. Across just 60 minutes, students will learn synth-basics and walk away inspired. Doors will open at 12:30; the workshop itself at 1:00 PM.
  • 5:30: Adult Workshop
  • As the adult workshop is limited to (20) participants, we ask that prospective guests only sign-up if 100% available. All workshop RSVPs will receive an email from Moogfest confirming attendance. Doors will open at 5:30; the workshop itself at 6:00 PM.
  • Special, limited-offer packages are available: Werkstatt-01 Synth built in the workshop + Moogfest 2016 GA ticket for $249 (a $450 value). Werkstatt-01 Synth built in the workshop + Moogfest 2016 VIP ticket for $499 (a $698 value).
  • 9:00 PM: Live Performance with Suzanne Ciani on the Buchla Synthesizer (21+)
  • Dial-Tones is proud to present the legendary and Moogfest 2016 headliner Suzanne Ciani’s first solo performance with the Buchla synthesizer in 40 years. Additionally the performance will be in quadraphonic sound for an all out immersive sonic experience.
  • 10:30 PM: Dial-Tones After Party DJ sets with w/ INHALT & Justin Anastasi (21+)
  • To carry out the rest of the night we have invited local selectors INHALT and Justin Anastasi to set the mood with music to move to.


Suzanne Ciani

While the union of classical music and more popular sensibilities often produces works of massive scale and operatic aspirations, Suzanne Ciani has across decades and innumerable platforms mined the genius latent in the incidental, the occasional, and the ephemeral. Born in Italy, Ciani studied music formally in the U.S. In the 1970s, she composed music for commercials for Merrill Lynch, General Electric, AT&T, and Coca Cola. She also reproduced sound effects on the synthesizer for companies, most famously the sound of a Coke bottle being opened. Other such credits include logo sounds for Energizer and ABC. She was the first woman to score a major Hollywood film (Lily Tomlin’s The Incredible Shrinking Woman). She also scored Lloyd Williams’ 1975 film Rainbow’s Children, and the daytime soap opera One Life to Live. Beginning in 1982, she began recording new age albums that blended electronic and acoustic instrumentation.


INHALT, German for “content”, are the duo of European Natives Philip Winiger and Matia Simovich. Formed in San Francisco in 2009, the pair immediately recognized their mutual philosophy of sonic fidelity and creative integrity, rather than nostalgia. Their first three releases—a split 12” for London’s seminal World Unknown Records and the “Vehicle” and “Occupations” EPs for San Francisco’s cult powerhouse Dark Entries Records— firmly established INHALT’s sound. What emerged was a well defined pop sensibility informed by European Minimalism and a sincere, yet playfully cynical sense of humor. As much Kraftwerk as John Carpenter but with a pronounced drive of Moroder disco and obscure Italo 12”s, INHALT’s sound has found home in both studious personal listening and the crowded dance floor.

Justin Anastasi

Former bassist in The Soft Moon and longtime San Francisco DJ, Justin Anastasi is the creative head and producer behind the club night VX and co-founder of the SF based Surface Tension DJ collective.



Since 2004, Moogfest has brought together artists, futurist thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, scientists, and musicians. By day, Moogfest is a platform for conversation and experimentation. This mind-expanding conference attracts creative and technology enthusiasts for three days of participatory programming in Durham, North Carolina. By night, Moogfest presents cutting-edge music in venues throughout the city. Performing artists include early pioneers in electronic music, alongside pop and avant garde experimentalists of today. Moogfest is a tribute to Dr. Robert Moog and the profound influence his inventions have had on how we hear the world. Over the last sixty years, Bob Moog and Moog Music have pioneered the analog synthesizer and other technology tools for artists. This exchange between engineer and musician is celebrated with a unique festival format where the creative process is understood as a collaboration among many people, across time and space, in commerce and culture.