Bob Moog Foundation Modular Legacy at NAMM: in 2014, the 1967 modular from UNC Greensboro’s Electronic Music Studio

In 2013, the Bob Moog Foundation received, on permanent loan, a variety of historically significant synthesizers from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. These instruments had been part of the Electronic Music Studio created by Dr. Art Hunkins starting in 1966.

University professor and composer Art Hunkins was one among the twelve enrolled in the Electronic Music Workshop put on by R.A. Moog Co. from August 9 through 28, 1965.  His experience so inspired him that he spearheaded the development of an Electronic Music Studio at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1966.

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The announcement of the Electronic Music Workshop at R. A. Moog in 1965. From the Bob Moog Foundation Archives.

The University ordered a small modular system for $3,000, and Bob himself was invited to deliver and install the instrument.  As time passed, more modules were added to the system.

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The UNCG Moog modular when it was in use at UNCG.

Out of the necessity of maintaining the Moog modular, Art Hunkins learned basic electronics.  This led to him being able to modify some of the Moog modules, and create some new ones.

After 5 years, the school acquired smaller and more accessible synthesizers like the ARP 2600 (two of which are also on loan to the Bob Moog Foundation archives), which led to the Moog becoming the school’s “backup” system.

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One of two ARP 2600 synthesizers in the Bob Moog Foundation Archive. Photo: Chris Stack.

The historic Moog modular delivered by Bob himself was packed away along with many of its successors as the progress of music technology rendered them obsolete in the eyes of students. But this modular got a new lease on life when UNCG presented the system to the Bob Moog Foundation on permanent loan.

It was serviced and made functional again, becoming the highlight of the substantial Bob Moog Foundation archives. It made an appearance at the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit in Asheville, N.C. in October of 2013:

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The UNCG Moog modular on display at the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit in 2013.

At the NAMM show in 2014, the UNCG/Hunkins Moog modular became the star of the Bob Moog Foundation booth. The synthesizer excited the uninitiated curious and the seasoned synthesizer veteran alike.

For the second year in a row, the Bob Moog Foundation used a vintage Moog moduar as a vehicle  to educate by way of Bob Moog’s incredible legacy.

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The UNCG Moog modular on display at the 2014 NAMM show, and controlled by the then-brand-new Synthesizers.com modular controller.

BMF Archive and Education Specialist Marc Doty being interviewed by Soundbytes Magazine about the UNCG Moog modular:

And that’s just our second year bringing a modular to NAMM…

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