The Bob Moog Foundation Expands Its Archive

marc-doty-bob-moog-foundationThe Bob Moog Foundation announced today, at the 2014 NAMM Show, significant additions to the Asheville-based foundation’s archives,

Michelle Moog-Koussa, executive director of the Bob Moog Foundation (BMF) and Bob Moog’s daughter, announced the additions, including:

  • over 1,000 schematic drawings from 1965 to 1985;
  • several rare prototypes, including:
    • a Moog Apollo synthesizer (the Apollo became the prototype for the Polymoog);
    • the Moog Liberation;
    • the Moog 1130 Drum Controller;
    • Moog Sequencer;
    • Moog Song Producer;
    • Moog Feedback Suppressor; and
  • Production models of the Minimoog and a Moog Vocoder.

“These instruments and drawings join our growing collection of treasures that includes, among other items, Roger Powell’s custom dual-keyboard controller, designed by Bob; a duophonic Minimoog; and two vintage theremins.” Continue reading

King Britt Update On The Upcoming Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit & More

DJ & producer King Britt is in the Asheville area this week. Chris Stack of experimentalsynth caught up with Britt for an update on what he’s doing at the Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF), during the week with The Bob Moog Foundation and at the Mountain Oasis Festival Electronic Music Summit with Pia Ercole.

The Future Of Moogfest & Moogfest 2013

moogfest-2013Moog and The Bob Moog Foundation have released an official statement on the future of Moogfest:

Moogfest was founded in 2004 by Moog Music Inc., in honor of the company’s founder and the man whose name the festival bears, Dr. Bob Moog. Since then the festival has been overseen by the company Bob started, Moog Music Inc.

Moog Music is excited to work closely with The Bob Moog Foundation, the City of Asheville, our fans and partners to make Moogfest 2013 a dynamic celebration of the innovative spirit of Bob Moog. Bob was a visionary, whose groundbreaking concepts and electronic musical instruments have forever impacted music. His humble genius reached far beyond the mountains of Western North Carolina, influencing designers and creators all over the world in wildly diverse fields.

Moogfest 2013 will honor Bob’s passion for new ideas, technical curiosity and of course will support boundary pushing musical artists.

Rest assured, Asheville will always be the home of Moogfest.

AC Entertainment, the producers of Moogfest 2010-2012, recently announced that they were renaming the festival they run as the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit.

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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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Last Day For Bob Moog Foundation’s IndieGoGo Campaign

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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.

The Voice Of Bob Moog

The Voice Of Bob Moog, by Hans-Jörg Scheffler, is a video promo for the new Eric Persing/Spectrasonics fundraiser for The Bob Moog Foundation:

I had the privilege to take part in the Spectrasonics Tribute project for the Moog Foundation.
Together with 44 fellow sounddesigners like Eric Persing, Hans Zimmer, Richard Devine, Jean Michel Jarre, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jordan Rudess, Jan Hammer, Eddie Jobson, Diego Stocco and others i helped creating a library of 700 patches that use more than 2 GB of unique samples for Omnisphere.

Details at the Spectrasonics site.

Halfway To Moogfest 2011 Coming April 29th

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Moogfest organizers say that they’re so excited about Moogfest 2011 that they’ve decided to celebrate with a special weekend marking the halfway point to this year’s event.

The first annual Halfway to Moogfest 2011 weekend will take place on April 29 – May 1 at The Orange Peel, a 1,000-capacity club named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the best rock clubs in the country, in Asheville, NC.

A portion of the proceeds from the weekend will go to benefit the Bob Moog Foundation. Special early bird tickets to Moogfest 2011 will go on sale during the Halfway weekend.

You can get Halfway to Moogfest 2011 tickets at TheOrangePeel.net.

The OMG-1 Synthesizer – The Coolest Synth Of NAMM 2011?

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The 2011 NAMM Show is shaping up to be a pretty good year for electronic music gear – but the most interesting synth introduced is one that you can’t buy.

The Bob Moog Foundation gave a special presentation at the NAMM Show, announcing a unique collaboration with Eric Persing of Spectrasonics on a fund-raising contest to benefit the foundation.

Eric Persing and Michelle Moog-Koussa Introduce the OMG-1

Details on the contest won’t be announced until later, but, during the presentation, Persing, above with Michelle Moog-Koussa, unveiled the amazing Grand Prize. The prize will be the one-of-a-kind custom OMG-1 hardware synthesizer he created, that integrates the worlds of analog synthesis, computers, software synthesis and multi-touch surfaces into one extraordinary instrument.

Based on the look we got, Persing’s OMG-1 should have been named OMFG-1. Continue reading