Moog Music released last Sunday this mini-documentary to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moog Modular Synthesizer.
Fifty years ago, on October 12, 1964, Dr. Robert Moog introduced, at the Audio Engineering Society’s (AES) New York convention, an instrument that would revolutionize the world of music and instrument design.
The first Moog modular, above, is smaller than the Moog modular rigs made famous in the late sixties. But, within a few years, Moog had created a wide variety of modules and the era of the modular monster synth was born.
No modular is more famous than Keith Emerson’s imposing system, which is the focus of most of this mini-doc. Earlier this year, Moog announced a limited edition ‘reissue’ of the instrument, the Emerson Moog Modular System.
The video features Moog engineer Gene Stopp, musician/historian Brian Kehew and Bob Moog himself, discussing the origin of the Moog modular and Emerson’s system, and also the process that went into creating a modern ‘reissue’ of the iconic modular synthesizer. And Keith Emerson shares his thoughts: “when you crank it up…..it can hurt!”
According to Moog, the mini-documentary celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Mood modular and ‘explores Moog Music’s quest to resurrect the original methods, materials and designs used in the foundational modular synths’.