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.

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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.

Dr. Grams-Moog Explains Why Bob Moog’s Archive Is Going To Cornell University

Dr_Moog_and_Dr_Grams-MoogWe recently reported that the Bob Moog Foundation had suffered a setback, with the announcement that Cornell University, rather than the Foundation, would be getting Moog’s personal notes, plans, drawings and recordings.

Moog’s widow, Dr. Ileana Grams-Moog, right, recently announced plans to donate his personal items to the Cornell University Library in Ithaca, N.Y.. Moog’s collection includes schematics, prototypes, letters, notes, recordings and other materials that document his role in electronic music history.

The announcement has proven to be controversial, because many people in the synth community have supported the Moog Foundation and their efforts over year’s since Moog’s death to preserve these items. And the announcement highlights disagreements within Moog’s own family over what is best for his archive.

bob-moog-archiveMichelle Moog-Koussa, Executive Director of the Bob Moog Foundation and one of Moog’s daughters, has shared her view on the decision at the Foundation site. She highlights the efforts of the Foundation and others over the last 7 years to preserve Moog’s collection of artifacts, shown at right at his former workshop.

Dr. Grams-Moog shared the following statement with us, explaining the reasoning behind her decision and noting that Moog’s archives will be “housed with the Emancipation Proclamation and Gettysburg Address”: Continue reading

Bob Moog Foundation Suffers Setback

bob-moog-foundationThe Bob Moog Foundation – a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the legacy of Bob Moog – suffered a setback today as Moog’s widow announced plans to donate Moog’s personal archive to Cornell University, rather than to The Foundation.

The archive includes Bob Moog’s notes, plans, drawings and recordings – a collection that documents the origin of the synthesizer as we know it an important part of electronic music history.

walter-carlos-clockwork-orangeThe Asheville, NC Mountain Xpress reported today that Moog’s widow, Ileana Grams-Moog, plans to donate his personal archive to the Cornell University Library in Ithaca, N.Y.. This decision comes over the objections of Michelle Moog-Koussa, head of the Bob Moog Foundation and Moog’s daughter with first wife Shirleigh Moog.

“We believe firmly that Bob Moog’s archives belong in Western North Carolina,” says Moog-Koussa. “Western North Carolina was my father’s spiritual home for 25 years.” Continue reading

Synthesis Fundamentals Explained In New Poster Series

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The Bob Moog Foundation has released a new series of posters that explain the fundamentals of synthesis.

This set of seven 11″x17″ posters covers these topics:

  • What is a waveform?
  • What is an oscillator?
  • What is a filter?
  • What is an envelope?
  • What is an amp?
  • What is a harmonic?
  • What is an L.F.O.?

The Fundamentals of Synthesis posters are available individually, or as a set for US $25.

Bob Moog’s ‘MiniMoogs’ Congratulate Him On His Induction To The Inventor’s Hall Of Fame

Electronic music pioneer Bob Moog is being inducted into the Inventor’s Hall Of Fame today, recognizing him for his work in creating the modern control voltage synthesizer.

His children came together to make this video congratulating their father and reflecting on his legacy, and how that legacy is carried on by the Bob Moog Foundation.

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Inventors Hall of Fame note: Continue reading