Professor Herb Deutsch worked with Bob Moog in the early 60′s to help define the modern control-voltage synthesizer. Continue reading
The Bob Moog Foundation has announced its lineup of educational events for MoogFest 2011.
If you are attending MoogFest, make sure you check out the schedule, because the event will offer a rare opportunity to learn about synths and their history from ‘music mavericks, legends and pioneers.
Here’s the schedule:
History of Electronic Music: This Moog Foundation video captures Herb Deutsch, who collaborated with Bob Moog in the creation of the Moog synthesizer, reminiscing at Moogfest 2011 about the creation of the first Moog synthesizer, which evolved into the Minimoog.
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.
History of Electronic Music: Hofstra University Professor Emeritus of Music Herb Deutsch will be honored for his years of service to the University and his place in music history in a special ceremony on April 14, 2010, at 11:15 a.m. The ceremony will see the unveiling of a display featuring the Moog synthesizer, co-created by Dr. Robert Moog and Professor Deutsch in 1964 ?an invention that changed the course of music history.
The display is situated in Hofstra?s New Academic Building, located on the South Campus. In addition to Hofstra students, alumni, faculty and administrators, the ceremony will be attended by Michael Adams, president of Moog Music, located in Asheville, North Carolina. Continue reading