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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 11:24 am    Post subject: Unfortunately... Reply with quote

July 18, 2005 We were saddened to learn that Dr. Robert A. Moog, inventor of the world's first real-time reconfigurable music synthesizer, is being treated for a brain tumor (glioblastoma multiforme or GBM), for which he is receiving radiation treatment and chemotherapy.

Moog is probably best known to audiophiles for the Wendy Carlos albums Switched On Bach (1968) and The Well-Tempered Synthesizer (1969), which were not the first albums to feature his Moog synthesizers, but may have been the first that exploited the instrument's potential for musical expression rather than strange burbling noises.

While working at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center, Moog developed voltage-controlled oscillators and envelope generators, which can be considered the building blocks of all subsequent synthesizers. Other Moog innovations that became de facto standards include the logarithmic one-volt-per-octave pitch control, analog synthesizer control interfacing, separate pulse triggering signals, and the inclusion of a standard piano keyboard as part of the instrument.

Digital synths now dominate the scene, but "classic" analog synthesizers have been undergoing a revival for their "warmer" old-school tonality.

Anyone who has ever met Bob Moog can attest to the fact that he's a warm, outgoing, charming man who wears his fame lightly. It's difficult to remember that in the super-charged '60s he was considered a musical anarchist (if not antichrist) for suggesting that synthesizers were musical instruments. Actually, before Bob Moog, they weren't, as the Hans Fjellstad film Moog (now available on DVD) makes plain
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This was already known for a few weeks but it's still good to mention.
I hope the thoughts and prayers of everyone of us can go to Mr. Moog now, and let's hope he'll be well again soon.
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