Michelle Moog-Koussa & Brian Kehew On Bob Moog

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In this video, Sounds of the Re:Union takes a look at The Bob Moog Foundation.

The Bob Moog Foundation looks to educate and inspire by preserving and furthering Bob Moog’s legacy. Sounds of the Re:Union spoke with Moog’s daughter Michelle Moog-Koussa and Bob Moog Archive historian and member of Moog Cookbook Brian Kehew about Moog, his legacy and the foundation’s work.

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Moog’s Electronic Music Workshop Of 1965

Bob Moog Foundation Archives Historian Brian Kehew has published an interesting look at the 1965 R.A. Moog Co. Electronic Music Workshop.

On August 9, 1965, a small summer conference was held to teach electronic music and expose the new Moog synthesizer to the world of composers. For three weeks, 12 participants got an in-depth look at electronic music and hands-on experiences with a state-of-the-art electronic music studio:

Each “studio” featured a Moog synthesizer with very few modules (by later standards).

As seen in the photo, J.D.Robb works on this early Moog system in the front of the “classroom”. It has only 2 oscillators, 2 VCAs, ADSR, and two controllers: a keyboard and a “slide wire” controller (like a ribbon but using a wire contact to slide across a resistive material, seen just above the keyboard.) The modules shown in the photo are early versions, and one is even a handmade panel to connect and choose between the two controllers.

Each of the synthesizers had a unique module or two: One had a voltage-controlled low-pass filter, one had a band-pass filter, two had white-noise generators, and one studio had spring reverb available. It seems odd that the very factory that made the synthesizer modules would not have more to “go around”, but recall that most of their work went into making amplifiers, and making quantities of spare synthesizer modules was difficult for the minimally-profitable small company

It is noteworthy that the one main studio was kept assembled after the seminar, and became the first “Moog factory studio”; the legendary test bed for many subsequent products and artists. An in-house studio provided a “demo room” for visiting musicians and a professional workspace to compose and record music.

See Kehew’s article for more details, reflections of attendees and photos from the workshop.

Minimoog Voyager Synthesizer Tutorials

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Moog Music put together these tutorial videos for the Minimoog Voyager.

The sound quality on these videos, unfortunately, is horrible. It sounds like the audio has been overcompressed digitally.

The content, though, is good – in large part to Brian Kehew (Moog Cookbook, The Who), who knows his stuff.

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The Moog VX-351 CV Output Expander Turns A Minimoog Voyager Into A Modular Synthesizer

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Moog Music released this video today, which features Brian Kehew giving a tour of the VX-351 CV Output Expander for the Minimoog Voyager.

The video and sound quality of this video aren’t great, but Kehew, who’s done everything from play keyboards for The Who to co-authoring Recording The Beatles, knows his stuff and does a great job of highlighting how the VX-351 CV Output Expander turns the Moog Minimoog Voyager into a modular synth.

Conversations In The Key Of Moog

Brian Kehew and Larry Fast discuss their experiences with Moog Synthesizers and their interactions with Bob Moog.

From the Museum of Making Music opening weekend for their new Moog exhibit.

Note: This was captured via a live streaming service, and takes a couple of minutes to really get going.