A reader wrote in raising this question last week, at the height of coverage of Bob Moog‘s 78th birthday.
What the heck is with the worship of the house of Bob and Moog?
Yes, as an engineer I understand what he did for the industry, but what about Don Buchla? What about the amazing innovators at Yamaha that created FM synthesis? What about the innovators / inventors such as Les Paul, Dave Smith, Roger Linn, Dieter Döpfer, Thaddeus Cahill whom invented the tellharmonium at the turn of the century???
It seems that some hidden mighty media engine out there is spending a huge amount of resources to keep putting him on a pedestal and thrust the Moog name into the limelight while many other geniuses are left by the way side.
I say they all need as much recognition and praise. Any way you can help make the masses realize this would be appreciated.
Nevertheless, Bob Moog deserves a special place in the pantheon of electronic music pioneers.
Too Moog Obsessed?
To be sure, the other innovators mentioned have made massively important contributions to the current state of synthesis.
But Moog’s work defined our concept of a synthesizer, of modular synthesizers and synth keyboards. And decades later, his work is still being imitated and the sound of his instruments is still revered.
What do you think? Are synthesists too Moog obsessed? If so, what electronic music pioneers do you think should be reconsidered?