Thursday, December 02, 2010

Moogfest

At Moogfest, a North Carolina musical event honoring the work of analog electronic musical instrument pioneer Robert "Bob" Moog, there were many Korgs, Yamahas, and laptops loaded with Moog samples, writes able NY Times' critic Jon Pareles. One purpose of the event is to raise money for a Moogseum archiving the work of Moog, who died a few years ago. Neon Indian, Omar Souleyman, Van Dyke Parks and Devo were on hand. Pareles sets the scene. It is a glance at the reign of the once and future King d' Synthesizer Analogue:

From their sometimes-unstable oscillators, filters and amplifiers, Moogs and other analog synthesizers produced sounds that more reliable digital synthesizers would not: buzzes, swoops, whooshes, scrapes, gurgles, screeches, burps, crackles and countless other onomatopoeia-worthy noises … Analog sounds are a funky corrective to sterile digital tones; colliding waveforms make a beautiful noise.

New York born electrical engineer and physics PHd Bob Moog was smitten by a Theremin kit he built at 14 in the 1940s. At 19, he started his own company to manufacture Theremin kits. He went on to patent many of the significant parts involved in the analog music synthesizer. "Here Comes the Sun", and "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" – no less than the Beatles made the Moog music.

Moogfest review - NYT

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