Bob Moog – electronic musical instrument maestro

January 23, 2006 12:08 pm Tags: No Comments 0

Bob Moog (1934-2005) invented and built electronic musical instruments for over half a century. From his workshops in upstate New York and later in rural North Carolina, Moog shaped musical culture with some of the most inspiring instruments ever created.

Moog explains that he “can feel what’s going on in a piece of electronic equipment… it’s something between discovering and witnessing.”

And he is convinced that many musicians come to “feel” a circuit in a similar way. “They make contact.” In fact, musicians make such strong emotional connections with the electronics inside a Moog synthesizer that Moog himself has reached cult hero status.

Moog not only made prodigious contributions to modern music and culture, but he became a character within an unfolding “American maverick inventor” mythology. Moog certainly walked and talked the “mad scientist” part, complete with the fly-away white hair, intense eyes, eccentric mannerisms and a head full of stories.

Watch the MOOG Documentary clip (Quicktime)