In a new interview by NPR, embedded below, composer Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo, The Rugrats, The Lego Movie, Thor: Ragnarok) shares his thoughts on the synthesizers that changed pop music – focusing on how the Moog Minimoog took synthesizers from the studio to the stage.
Mothersbaugh says he gravitates towards sounds that he describes as “ugly” and “aggressive.”
“That’s where I came from,” he says. “I was at Kent State when the shootings happened. And what we were observing was not evolution but de-evolution … so those kinds of sounds were important to us.”
He also shares his thoughts on the lasting appeal of hardware.
“There’s something about it that’s different than punching in numbers on a computer keyboard or using a mouse to slide a fake fader,” he says. “Everything’s so ergonomic — it’s right there at your fingertips.
For more of Mothersbaugh’s thoughts on synths, check out this behind-the-scenes tour of his synth collection: