The 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.
The 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 Bob Moog Foundation is a non-profit, independent of Moog Music, run by Michelle Moog-Koussa, with the goal of preserving the legacy of Bob Moog and inspiring “creativity at the intersection of music, science, history and innovation.”
At Moogfest 2012, a host of artists were generous and gracious enough sign the beautiful, official Moogfest posters (which are works or art in themselves) to help raise funding for the projects of the Bob Moog Foundation.
Michelle Moog-Koussa of the Bob Moog Foundation let us know about this new interview with electronic music pioneers Tangerine Dream.
The rare interview features TD’s Edgar Froese and Thorsten Quaeschning, prior to their show at Moogfest 2011, sharing their thoughts on the the role of Bob Moog in electronic music, Moog modular synthesisers and more.
Tangerine Dream is currently on their Electric Mandarine Tour, through July 14. Details at their site.
You can find out more about the Bob Moog Foundation, and TD VIP ticket packages that help support the foundation, at the BMF site.
Bob Moog Foundation Executive Director Michelle Moog-Koussa, aka, The Moogstress, shared her thoughts today on the question, “Why celebrate the life of Bob Moog?”.
Bob dedicated his life and career to poking his soldering iron around in the sonic universe and unleashing aural possibilities not previously available to musicians.
Bob Moog’s life’s work is an invitation for people to express themselves with a new palette of sonic possibilities. As a famous musician recently said to me “Bob kicked the door down and we just walked through it”. Bob Moog’s work is a portal to sonic discovery and a catalyst for creativity. That is certainly a life worth celebrating.
Michelle Moog-Koussa wrote to let us know that this is the last day for The Bob Moog Foundation‘s IndieGoGo Campaign to raise money for Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool.
The SoundSchool is their program to inspire kids to study science using synthesis. Students use theremins and synthesizers, along with acoustic instruments, to make music and experience, hands-on, how sound travels. They also discover how sound waves and sonic vibrations are created by using electricity and magnetic fields.
Now the Foundation wants to bring the program to a national audience, so they are trying to raise the money to do this.
If you haven’t already, check out the Foundation’s campaign at IndieGoGo.
Synthesist Marc Doty and Michelle Moog-Koussa recently visited Sear Sound in New York City, on behalf of the Bob Moog Foundation.
While there, they filmed this overview and demo of Walter Sear’s vintage Moog modular synthesizer.
Walter Sear (April 27, 1930 – April 29, 2010 was a fascinating man, starting off as a tuba player, getting interested in electronic music through the theremin, becoming Moog’s sales rep, owning an influential recording studio and scoring several films, including Midnight Cowboy and Disco Beaver From Outer Space.
Here’s Sear (right) with Bob Moog in front of his modular:
Arturia and the Bob Moog Foundation have announced the release of Dr. Bob’s Collector Pack.
This box set includes Arturia’s Minimoog-V and Moog Modular V, a DVD of the Moog documentary, an archival book featuring unreleased material curated by Michelle Moog-Koussa entitled From Bob Moog’s Private Archives, and an official Bob Moog Foundation button.
Quantities are limited to 1000 copies worldwide. Profits will be donated to the Moog Foundation to benefit their projects and help carry Bob Moog’s legacy forward.
To celebrate this event, Arturia is also organizing a contest to win a 1975 Minimoog synthesizer on their Facebook page.
“We are delighted to partner with the BMF and bring to musicians Dr. Bob, a pack that will be of high value to everyone interested in Bob Moog’s legacy,” says Arturia President Frederic Brun. “Years ago, Arturia was extremely lucky to work with Bob Moog on the re-creation of some of his most famous synthesizers. Today we are extremely happy to support the BMF and give a little back, while bringing to the market a great collector box.”