It’s Bob Moog‘s 77th birthday. At least, it would have been, if he were still alive.
Moog Music engineer Steve Dunnington put together this ‘Mooged-out’ switched on version of Happy Birthday to commemorate the occasion, envisioning it as “stylistic mashup of Kraftwerk and Jean-Jacques Perry.”
I had the pleasure of meeting Bob Moog a couple of times at the NAMM convention. I didn’t really talk with him in any depth, though, because it was clear that he was a very quiet and reserved man and was a bit uncomfortable with the attention he received.
I’m happy to have met him, though, because his work has had a huge influence on the music that I listen to and the way that I live my life.
Michelle Moog-Koussa, Director of the Bob Moog Foundation, shared a document today that is Bob Moog’s personal statement, written in November 1951, as part of his college application process.
He had some surprisingly honest and prescient things to say:
I devote most of my spare time to music and electronics research. I consider myself somewhat of an introvert, but I am not anti-social.
My vocational goal is that of an electronic engineer. My goal is to be an enlightened and respected member of my community. I believe that a college education will allow me to execute my ambitions.
Moog is recognized as the father of the synthesizer as we know it – so I’d say he executed on his ambitions.
What would you tell Bob Moog, if he were still alive today? How has his work influenced your life?