Moogfest Daytime Lineup To Feature Moroder, Anderson, Emerson, Buchla, Oberheim, Smith, Linn And More

laurie-andersonMoogfest 2014 organizers have announced their lineup of daytime presenters, which includes a kick-ass lineup of futurists, musicians, scientists, authors, filmmakers and pioneers of electronic music instrument design.

The lineup includes multimedia artist Laurie Anderson, disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder, film composer Cliff Martinez, futurist thinkers Jerome Glenn, Nick Bostrom, and George Dvorsky plus MIT Media Lab’s Joseph Paradiso, Sonification Professor Bruce Walker, and more from Make Magazine, OMNI, and SETI (Search of Extraterrestrial Intelligence).

And then there’s the Electronic Music Instrument Pioneers: Herbert Deutsch, Roger Linn, Don Buchla, Tom Oberheim, Dave SmithMalcolm Cecil, Keith Emerson and more.

Moogfest takes place April 23-27th, 2014 in downtown Asheville, NC.

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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.

The History Of The Minimoog Synthesizer With Herb Deutsch

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This video, directed by Michael Sterling, captures Herb Deutsch, the co-inventor of the first Moog synthesizer, discussing the history and functions of the Minimoog, as well as its impact on the music of the time.

Deutsch also plays one of his original jazz fusion pieces.

Moogfest Panels To Feature Electronic Music Mavericks, Legends And Pioneers

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:

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Herb Deutsch On The Origin Of The Minimoog Synthesizer

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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.

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.