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How The Moog Modular Synthesizer Changed Music


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Bob Moog has had a huge impact on the history of music. Since its development in the ’60s, the Moog modular synthesizer—and specifically its control voltage low-pass filter—has become a staple of both synthesizer design and electronic music in general. Now you can learn all about the creation of this legendary instrument thanks to a new documentary, Electronic Voyager, which comes from Robert Fantinatto and Jason Amm, the director/producer pair responsible for the acclaimed modular synthesizer documentary I Dream Of Wires. Check out the above interview with co-inventor Herb Deutsch who discusses the beginnings of his relationship with Bob Moog and their mutual interest in developing something that would provide “synthesis at your hands.” The revolutionary power of this idea has been demonstrated by how commonplace these sounds are today.

Go deep into the modular rabbit hole: You can read about how Moog is trying to develop a global synthesizer here. And, if you are more of an art-and-crafts type, learn how to build a Moog out of Legos here.

(via Synthtopia)