Durham, N.C. The Modular Marketplace is a free interactive pop-up featuring boutique electronics, experimental effects, and eurorack synthesizers. From instruments that can make any musical sound imaginable to the latest DIY kits, the marketplace showcases the future of electronic music and gives attendees the opportunity to meet instrument designers and play, test-drive, and take home the next generation of musical devices.

This year’s instrument manufacturers, selected for their cult status or game-changing ambition, will showcase their instruments and offer daily demonstrations, sound experiments, exclusive discounts, and other specials. Many of the entrepreneurs and designers behind these products will be in attendance, and many items will be available for purchase.

The Modular Marketplace will take place at Moogfest 2018 at Bay 7 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. from May 17-20.

Celebrating Instrument Designers: Joel Davis & Tony Rolando

Each year, we honor some of the world’s leading instrument designers. This year, we are excited to celebrate Buchla’s Joel Davel and Make Noise’s Tony Rolando, who will be joined by Make Noise co-owner Kelly Kelbel. Both will give daytime presentations, providing insight into their work and processes.

Joel Davel worked with Don Buchla for over 20 years. As an accompanist, the Wall Street Journal wrote, “Percussionist Joel Davel blew everyone away with his virtuosic improvisation on the Marimba Lumina, an electronic invention that…extends the vocabulary of conventional mallet instruments and the Lightning…” Along with numerous recording and production credits, Joel is now with Buchla USA, working as lead engineer to keep Don’s creative vision alive.

Tony Rolando is a self-taught electronic instrument designer who got started reading amateur radio books at the library, building electronics for artists, and working for Moog Music. After three years isolated on a mountaintop with a modular synthesizer, he founded Make Noise, a company that re-imagines jettisoned analog tech and explores modern digital tech to design and build strange, thoughtful instruments.

Full list of participants:





Chasebliss Audio

Critter and Guitari

Dave Smith Instruments

Dusky Electronics

EarthQuaker Devices


Erica Synths

Erogenous Tones

Expressive E

Eurorack Modular Case


Keith McMillen Instruments


Make Noise


Modular Addict


Rabbithole FX

Red Panda




Universal Audio

Vintage King

Voltage & Company

About Moogfest 2018

Moogfest is the synthesis of music, art and technology. 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. By night, Moogfest presents cutting-edge music in venues throughout the city. This mind-expanding conference attracts creative and technology enthusiasts for four days of participatory programming in Durham, North Carolina. Performing artists include early pioneers in electronic music, alongside pop and avant-garde experimentalists of today.

Ticket Information:

All ticket types below are available for purchase now HERE.

Engineer Festival Pass – $1,500 (limited quantity)

This two-day synth-building workshop, led by Moog engineers, invites a select group of enthusiasts to build their very own unreleased Moog analog synthesizer. The workshop is conducted in two, multi-hour sessions. No experience necessary, but basic soldering knowledge is recommended. Participants in the Engineering workshop also receive priority access to select festival venues, exclusive events and gift bag. Workshops are available via capacity-limited RSVP. Engineer Festival Pass holders receive first priority selection on a limited basis. Engineer Festival Passes available for a limited time, while supplies last. Scheduling of Engineer Workshops are prioritized by the order of purchase.

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VIP Festival Pass – $499 (limited quantity) 

VIP access for the duration of the event.  Priority access to all festival venues for performances and conference programming, a private VIP lounge, complimentary food and drink, exclusive VIP events, and a dedicated gift bag. Workshops are available via RSVP. VIP Festival Pass holders will receive first priority on a limited basis.

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Festival Pass – $249

General Admission for the duration of the event. Access to all festival venues for performances and conference programming: conversations, workshops, and installations. Workshops are available via RSVP. VIP Festival Pass holders will receive first priority on a limited basis.

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Payment plans are also available. Simply select ‘Monthly Payments with Affirm’ as your payment method during checkout. More details are available here.



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