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.

Modular Synthesizers At The 2013 NAMM Show

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At this year’s NAMM Show, there was a wealth of modular synthesizer gear on display, more than we’ve ever seen at previous NAMM Shows. It’s a reflection of the increasing interest in modular synthesis and the growing number of modular synth manufacturers.  Continue reading

The Wall Of Doom Moog Modular Synthesizer

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At the 2013 NAMM Show, Sonic State synth guru Nick Batt caught up with synth education rock star Marc Doty to take a look at the Wall Of Doom - a massive Moog modular synthesizer, owned by prog synthesist Erik Norlander.

Norlander generously shared his synth for the show with the non-profit Bob Moog Foundation, to help them demonstrate the power of Bob Moog’s work. Check it out: 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.

The Foundations Of Synthesis Video Tutorial Series

The Bob Moog Foundation has announced a new video series, in partnership with macProvideo.com, looking at The Foundations of Synthesis.

The Foundation of Synthesis series features BMF Education and Archive Specialist Marc Doty and cover a variety of topics, including:

  • The Synthesis of Synthesis
  • Oscillators
  • Filters
  • Control Voltage
  • Amps, Ring Modulators, S&H and more
  • Applied Synthesis

On several of the videos, synthesist Erik Norlander assists the lesson with a demonstration on his 22 oscillator Wall of Doom modular Moog synthesizer.

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The Power of Modular Synthesis

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This video, via moogfoundation, captures a presentation by Amos Gaynes, New Product Specialist at Moog Music, on the power of modular synthesis.

Gaynes makes the case that now is ‘the best time in human history to be into analog modular synthesis.”

Gaynes is introduced by synthesist Erik Norlander, and gives his talk in front of Norlander’s 22-oscillator Moog synth, known as the Wall Of Doom.