Monday, August 22, 2005

Robert Moog, Inventor of the Moog Synthesizer dies

Those of you of a certain age, or those into the music scene might want to know that Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog Synthesizer died Sunday at the age of 71 of a brain tumor.

Moog (rhymes with "vogue") changed the music scene in the 60's and 70's with his synthesizer. Bands like Yes, and Emerson, Lake and Palmer used Moog's made extensive use of Moog's sound. Although the term is often used to be synonymous with all electronic music sound, that is an incorrect usage.

Does anyone have any memories of the early synthesizer sound? I remember hearing a recording of "Bicycle built for two "sung" entirely by a synthesizer, in the early 70's. It was quite eerie, actually.

May he rest in peace.

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