Moog Foundation Intros Prints, T-Shirts Based On Vintage Bob Moog Illustration

bob-moog-art-printIn honor of Bob Moog’s 81st birthday on May 23, 2015, the Bob Moog Foundation is releasing prints and t-shirts, based on a vintage illustration of Moog.

The illustration, right, was drawn by graphic artist Jean-François Podevin as an illustration for the May 1977 issue of Synapse, ‘the electronic music magazine.’

Entitled Circuit of My Mind, the image is being made available in form of an 18? x 24? art poster and an artistic t-shirt.  Continue reading

Moog Foundation ‘Encore’ Soundbank Features Who’s Who Of Synthesis

Bob_Moog_Foundation_MOTU_Encore_SoundbankMOTU and the Bob Moog Foundation have released the Encore Soundbank, a new collection of instrument and percussion sounds, produced in commemoration of Bob Moog’s 81st Birthday, coming up on May 23rd.

Over twenty synthesists and sound designers donated original samples to assist with the creation of the sound library, which offers over 2 GB of material.

The following artists contributed to this project: Continue reading

Moog Liberation Synthesizer Video Demos

In this series of videos, Marc Doty – Archive and Education Specialist with the Bob Moog Foundation – takes a look at the classic Moog Liberation keytar synthesizer.

The Moog Liberation is being raffled off as a fundraiser for the Foundation. Details are available at the Foundation siteContinue reading

Moog Foundation Spring Raffle Features Vintage Moog Liberation Synthesizer

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The Bob Moog Foundation has announced its spring raffle, featuring a vintage Moog Liberation synthesizer.

The raffle, a fundraiser in support of the Foundation’s projects, runs through April 20, 2015 or until all 2,000 tickets are sold.

The winner will be announced on April 24, 2015. Also included in the raffle is an original owner’s manual for the Liberation, written by Rock Wehrmann in 1980. Continue reading

Switched-on: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer

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On May 2, 2014, The History Center in Tompkins County, NY, in partnership with the Bob Moog Foundation, will open a new exhibition Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer.

The exhibit will explore the life of Dr. Robert Moog and the creation and evolution of the electronic instruments bearing his name. Based on new interviews with family members, colleagues, and contemporaries, including Herb Deutsch, Bernie Worrell, Bill Hemsath, Don Preston, David VanKoevering, Shirleigh Moog, David Borden, and others, the exhibition will offer a unique view into the life and work of Moog.

Robert Moog came to Ithaca, NY in 1957 to begin his PhD work at Cornell University. He founded the R.A. Moog, Co. in the late 1950s, selling theremins and theremin kits throughout Ithaca.

In 1963, Moog opened a storefront for his small factory, in nearby Trumansburg, NY. It was there that the Moog modular synthesizer and the iconic Minimoog were born. The factory grew to become a mainstay in the region until Moog sold the company in 1971, and the new owners moved it to Williamsville, NY.

Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer tells the story of Moog’s Trumansburg years, through the oral histories of those who knew him, worked with him, and shared his path in shaping a revolution in sound, technology, and music.

The exhibit will also feature a collection of rare Moog instruments.  Continue reading

Arturia iMini v1.2, Now With iOS7 Compatibility

Thursday, Arturia announced an update of its iMini app, to version 1.2, an iOS 7-supporting update to its recreation of the 1971-vintage Minimoog monosynth for the iPad.

The advances to the iMini app take advantage of iOS 7’s built-in Inter-App Audio, allowing users to send MIDI commands and stream audio between apps on the same device. Using its new iOS 7-supporting INTERAPP AUDIO TRANSPORT feature, iMini v1.2 can easily connect and control other similarly-supportive apps.

The iMini v 1.2 update is free for current iMini users. And for every new customer buying the iMini app, Arturia will continue their tradition of making a donation to The Bob Moog Foundation. In turn, this supports the dream of building the Moogseum (Bob Moog Museum), the convergence of The Bob Moog Foundation’s goals of inspiring and educating people through electronic music.

Pricing and Availability. Continue reading

New BMF Calendar Celebrates 50 Years of Moog Modules

BMF_2014_calendarToday the Bob Moog Foundation unveiled its 2014 calendar, which highlights “the history, functionality, and beauty” of the early Moog modules.

The newest BMF calendar commemorates fifty years since Dr. Moog and collaborator Herb Deutsch first created a series of sound modules for use in electronic music.  These modules were demonstrated (fifty years ago, duh) at the 1964 Audio Engineering Society convention

The $20 calendar features modules from Erik Norlander’s massive Wall of Doom modular synthesizer, photographed by Shaun Hollingsworth (SIC) Images. More information is available at the BMF website.