Electronic Music Innovation post

Robert Moog is someone that is extraordinarily outstanding! Though he was not the actual inventor of the first synthesizer, his work can be credited as the precursor to modern day synthesizers. The composer Herbert Deutsch met Robert (Bob) Moog at the end of 1963 and “inspired Moog to combine a voltage-controlled oscillator and amplifier module with a keyboard in 1964—the first prototype of a voltage-controlled synthesizer”. Moog’s work made it finally possible for musicians and the like to transport synthesizers with the advent of the transistor in 1947 and 1948. The portability, reliability, price, and ease of use of Moog’s invention of the MiniMoog Model D was a breakthrough for musicians. Bob opened the door to the world of synthetic music and forever changed our worlds perspective of music. His breakthrough success is widely credited to Wendy Carlos for LP “Switched-On Bach” in 1968. After this, Moog was flooded with orders from studios and producers who were interested in capitalizing on these new sounds. Roberts inventions inspired artists such as Sun Ra and would engineer synths to the desires and experimental forethought of his clients. Bobs inventions paved the way for thousands of industry professionals to experiment and create sounds that have never even been fathomed before. This capability to manipulate and combine signals helped to revolutionize an entire industry for music and sound design. His technology has greatly effected just about every outlet of the entertainment business. Nearly every Horror and Syfy film have elements only made possible through his innovations. Bob has gone on to estimate that 150+ Films featured Moog sounds for either enhancing music or adding sound effects between 1967 and 1974. His equipment was enormously common for adding incidental music entice particular moods and feeling of the movie goer.  Some examples of movies that you can clearly hear the Moog are “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”, “A Clockwork Orange”, and “Doctor Zhivago”.





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