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

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

The ‘Heart of Subtractive Synthesis’: The Moog Ladder Filter, Explained

Moog Music has a new video out today on The Moog Ladder Filter, the patent for which Bob Moog is being inducted into the National Inventors’ Hall of Fame.

Rick Shaich, Moog Hardware Engineer, narrates the video and explains the Ladder Filter’s important distinction of being “voltage controllable… It’s really the heart of subtractive synthesis, which is ‘The Moog Sound.’”

It’s a great explanation of what a Ladder Filter is/does, and the role it has played in modern music.

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

Erik Norlander – The Galactic Collective Live in Gettysburg

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Synthesist Erik Norlander performs his 20+ min epic prog synth suite, The Dark Water, live at RoSFest 2011 in Gettysburg, PA.

Norlander plays his 22-oscillator “Wall of Doom” Moog modular synthesizer, controlled by and supplemented with Minimoog Voyager and Alesis Andromeda keyboards.

Performed with Freddy DeMarco (g), Mark Matthews (b) and Nick LePar (d).

The video is taken from the 2012 DVD, Erik Norlander – The Galactic Collective: Live in Gettysburg.

Moog Lives! 1969 R.A. Moog Modular Synthesizer Restored

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Dan () from Acoustica Software demonstrates his dream synth – a rare 1969 Moog modular:

I fulfilled a life-long dream by buying a 1969 Moog Modular system.

This system was custom-ordered by Rick Powell, a musician and friend of Bob Moog, and was used on a number of pretty bad Moog albums in the 70s.

When I got it it had been restored by one of the top technicians in the United States but had been sitting for a while. The jacks were dirty and the keyboard was entirely non-functional. I shot this video just after getting the keyboard cleaned up and working. I had just reassembled and polished the wood on the keyboard’s cabinet.

This system is a dream to play. It’s far more stable (due to factory stability mods) than I could have hoped for, and the filter is just amazing. This patch shows two 901A oscillators tracking together through the resonant low-pass filter in a typical Minimoog-style setup, with the third 901 oscillator acting as LFO for the filter.

Better yet – there’s a few slots to fill…….

via Jason