Robert Moog, as synonymous with electronic music as any individual, has passed away, according to an announcement on the website of his instrument company (moogmusic.com). He was 71, and was being treated for a brain tumor.
In lieu of a sample of a Moog playing taps, take a trip in the wayback machine and visit the archives at the Electronic Music Studio at the University of Iowa for a 19-track demonstration of the Moog Synthesizer recorded in 1979 by Peter Tod Lewis, the studio’s director from 1968 to 1980. Listen as Lewis introduces the studio (MP3) and the instrument (MP3), noting that it “consists of four carrying cases, each about 28 inches high, 20 inches wide, and each crammed with numerous modules, clearly labeled, and differing from each other in their configuration of knobs and sockets.” He then demonstrates its various outputs and attributes, including its sequencer (MP3), its ability to produce combination tones (MP3) and its white-noise generator (MP3). Visit the page directly here.
A public memorial celebration for Moog is planed near his home in Asheville, North Carolina, on August 26. His family has announced the Bob Moog Foundation, dedicated to the advancement of electronic music. Sitting on its board are David Borden, Wendy Carlos, Joel Chadabpe, John Eaton, David Mash and Rick Wakeman. More info at moogmusic.com.