The future convergence of Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool and The Archive Preservation Initiative
The path to the Moogseum
The Moogseum is going to be the hallmark project of the Bob Moog Foundation, the culmination of years of hard work and the success of both of our main projects. The Bob Moog Foundation is taking iterative steps towards achieving this lofty goal:
- Traveling Exhibits
- Archival Sharing with other Museums
- Moogseum Beta
- and finally, The Moogseum
Those of you who were at Winter NAMM ’09 were lucky enough to see the sneak preview of our planned Bob Moog Museum, or Moogseum. We are immensely proud of this project, as it represents the culmination of years of energy, focus and vision — and ongoing support from all of you. The Moogseum will be the convergence of the Foundation’s goals of educating and inspiring people through electronic music, just as Bob did himself. It will serve as a educational, historical and cultural resource to Western North Carolina and the worldwide electronic music community through the following exhibits and facilities:
- An interactive timeline of the life and work of Bob Moog and the many people with whom he collaborated
- An archival center where rare documents, including project notes, articles, photos and schematics from Bob Moog’s archives, can be viewed on an interactive LED screen
- Several interactive instrument-based exhibits that will allow people the ability to experience the science behind the sound of electronic music. We envision bays of Theremins hooked up to Moogerfoogers and rows of synthesizers hooked up to oscilloscopes filling our interactive area. A modular synthesis wall is planned as well.
- A Young Inventors Lab where children will be inspired to explore electronic music and create their own prototype through our Youth Outreach programs, after school workshops and summer camps.
- A rotating exhibit space which highlights new innovations in musical instrument interface as well as shared exhibits from other museums.
- A 200 seat performance space that will host concerts, lectures, festivals and sound exhibits
Gene Felice (www.genefelice.com) created an amazing artist’s conceptualization of the Moogseum, seen above & below. To download the full proposal in PDF format, including these conceptualizations and many more, click here.
The Foundation is in the initial planning stages for the Moogseum. Preliminary costs for Phase One of the facility are estimated to be $3 million, which will be raised from granting organizations, corporate sponsors and private donors.
Please keep checking this blog for updates regarding the Moogseum.
If you’d like to support the planning phase of our efforts, please donate via our here or send a donation to: The Bob Moog Foundation, P.O. Box 8136, Asheville, NC 28814. All donations are tax-deductible.