Moog, an upcoming documentary on the life and work of Dr. Robert Moog, is scheduled for release in September. The movie explores Moog’s collaborations with musicians over the years, and his ideas about creativity, design, interactivity and spirituality. A preview is now available.
The feature documentary film, by filmmaker/musician Hans Fjellestad was shot on location in Asheville, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tokyo and London. It features appearances by Keith Emerson, Walter Sear, Gershon Kinsgley, Jean-Jacques Perrey & Luke Vibert, Rick Wakeman, DJ Spooky, Herb Deutsch, Bernie Worrell, Pamelia Kurstin, Tino Corp. with Charlie Clouser, Money Mark, Mix Master Mike, and an eclectic mix of performers.
Moog has not only made prodigious contributions to modern music and culture, but he has become a character within an unfolding “American maverick inventor” mythology. Moog certainly walks and talks the “mad scientist” part, complete with the fly-away white hair, intense eyes, eccentric mannerisms and a head full of stories.
Bob Moog, right with early Moog user Walter Sear, has been inventing and building electronic musical instruments for nearly half a century. Still active in his workshop in rural North Carolina, Moog continues to shape musical culture with some of the most inspiring instruments ever created.
Moog explains that he “can feel what’s going on in a piece of electronic equipment… it’s something between discovering and witnessing.”
And he is convinced that many musicians come to “feel” a circuit in a similar way. “They make contact.” In fact, musicians make such strong emotional connections with the electronics inside a Moog synthesizer that Moog himself has reached cult hero status.
Artists such as Stereolab, Meat Beat Manifesto, Tortoise, Money Mark, Luke Vibert & Jean-Jacques Perrey, 33, Moog Cookbook, Plastiq Phantom, Psilonaut, Bernie Worrell & Bootsy Collins, Roger O’Donnell, The Album Leaf, Pete Devriese, Bostich, Charlie Clouser, Baiyon, Suzanne Ciani, Gershon Kingsley, Doug McKechnie, Electric Skychurch and others are contributing original music produced on Moog instruments for the soundtrack.
Additional discoveries like vintage films borrowed from dusty private collections round out this stylized, wonderfully strange story of a true American maverick.
Theatrical release is planned for this coming September and DVD release worldwide by the end of this year – distributed by Plexifilm. The soundtrack CD will be available in early September on Hollywood Records.
A preview is available at the Moog movie site.