At SynthPlex 2019, Electronic Music Education and Preservation Project (EMEAPP) made its first major synth event appearance – and brought the prototypes for the original Moog Minimoog.
We talked with Executive Director Drew Raison & Associate Director Vince Pupillo, Jr., who gave us an introduction to the organization and its mission. They also gave us a tour of their Minimoog prototypes, including the Minimoog Model A, Minimoog Model B, Minimoog Model C & Minimoog Model D.
They also shared some of the design decisions that not only led to one of the most iconic synths of all time – but many of standard features of the synths that have followed.
The Minimoog prototypes are not being restored to playing condition. The synths are being kept in their original condition, to preserve the unique prototypes for posterity.
EMEAPP is a non-profit group, dedicated to “Archiving and sharing the history, artists and tools of electronic music, keeping it alive and relevant for the future.”
Update: EMEAPP contacted us to clarify that, when Raison refered to the third ‘voice’ in the Model B, he meant that the prototype had three oscillators – one of the key features of the Minimoog.
Update II: EMEAPP contacted us to request that we take this interview down, because they felt that their representatives ‘were not properly prepared for a video presentation, and did not represent the educational aspect of EMEAPP effectively’ in the video as a result. We’ve taken the video down as a professional courtesy to the organization.