Michelle Moog-Koussa On NAMM & The Moogseum

At the Bob Moog Foundation site, Michelle Moog-Koussa (right, with keytar bad-ass Herbie Hancock) offers her take on the recent Winter NAMM Show:

Executive Director’s Report from NAMM ‘09

Winter NAMM, held in Anaheim, California each January, is always a blast for the Bob Moog Foundation. At NAMM, we meet up with old friends, make great industry contacts and generally spread the word about the Foundation’s progress. This year we had much to report!

As you all know, we have been working steadily to preserve and protect Bob’s imperiled archives over the past year and a half. Our goal has always been to share these archives through exhibits, and eventually through our own museum. Recently, we formed a partnership with the NAMM Museum of Making Music (MoMM) located in Carlsbad, California.

The Museum of Making Music will be hosting the first ever Bob Moog Retrospective exhibit from September 2009-March 2010. A formal announcement about that exhibit is forthcoming. I spent much of the weekend in meetings with the MoMM’s excellent staff about this exhibit and came away feeling excited about our collaboration and delighted at the prospect of bringing my father’s archives out for people to explore. We’ve come a long way from the moldy workshop!!

As a precursor for the MoMM exhibit, the Bob Moog Foundation provided a showcase exhibit of Bob Moog Archives (above) at the Idea Center at NAMM. This small but powerful slice of Moog history drew a lot of attention and excitement — we were certainly encouraged by the high level of interest and gratified to be sharing the archives with such an enthusiastic crowd. You can get a more detailed glimpse at the showcase from this video interview with Electronic Musician Magazine.

Over at the Bob Moog Foundation booth space (located in Moog Music’s bustling booth), we provided a “sneak peak” the Bob Moog Museum, or Moogseum, which is in the early planning stages.

Moogseum Poster at the NAMM Booth

Asheville-based graphics designer (and a devoted Foundation volunteer) created a 3-D model conceptualization of the Moogseum, which was completed just days before NAMM. This outstanding visualization drew a lot of attention at the Bob Moog Foundation booth space. I had a lot of wonderful conversations with people about the Moogseum, including some well-known faces.

See the full letter here.

Moogseum image: bdu

Leave a Reply