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

Electronic Music Review

electronic-music-reviewAvant garde arts site Ubuweb has shared PDF copies of issues of the Electronic Music Review, which was published by the Independent Electronic Music Center from Jan 1967-Jul 1968 and edited by Reynold Weidenaar & Robert Moog.

The Electronic Music Review offers a look at the state of electroacoustic music in the late sixties.

It features articles by the like of Harold Bode, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Moog, Luciano Berio, Tristram Cary, Hugh Le Caine, Tod Dockstader, Alvin Lucier, Joel Chadabe, Gordon Mumma, Ray Dolby and Walter Carlos. Continue reading

This Is What It Was Like To Pick Up A Minimoog Voyager In 2002

In October of 2002, Ken Soper made a road trip to Asheville, NC, to pick up his Minimoog Voyager Signature Edition, Model #131, right from the source.

He made a home video of the visit, that not only documents his trip, but offers a historical view of the Moog Music of 2002. Continue reading

The Bob Moog Foundation Expands Its Archive

marc-doty-bob-moog-foundationThe Bob Moog Foundation announced today, at the 2014 NAMM Show, significant additions to the Asheville-based foundation’s archives,

Michelle Moog-Koussa, executive director of the Bob Moog Foundation (BMF) and Bob Moog’s daughter, announced the additions, including:

  • over 1,000 schematic drawings from 1965 to 1985;
  • several rare prototypes, including:
    • a Moog Apollo synthesizer (the Apollo became the prototype for the Polymoog);
    • the Moog Liberation;
    • the Moog 1130 Drum Controller;
    • Moog Sequencer;
    • Moog Song Producer;
    • Moog Feedback Suppressor; and
  • Production models of the Minimoog and a Moog Vocoder.

“These instruments and drawings join our growing collection of treasures that includes, among other items, Roger Powell’s custom dual-keyboard controller, designed by Bob; a duophonic Minimoog; and two vintage theremins.” Continue reading

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