Thom Holmes: Reflection on the Moog Influence

Moog: A History in Recordings Thom Holmes August 2015 The Moog Influence I want to veer from the subject of recordings for this edition of the blog to honor Bob Moog and the industry that he started. In a way, … Continued

Thom Holmes: The Rarest of Moog Modular Recordings

Moog Rarities: A Survey of the Most Hard-to-Find Moog Recordings In past blogs I’ve written about the first recordings of the Moog Modular Synthesizer ( and Moog Obscura (, odds and ends from the Moog Modular catalog. This time I’m going … Continued

Thom Holmes: Indexing the Moog Modular from 1967-1970

The Moog Modular 1967–1970: An Index* Tabulating Leading Indicators of Early Moog Influence I want to look back to four years that changed electronic music history. The years were 1967 to 1970, the first years during which Bob Moog’s Modular … Continued

Moog: A History in Recordings–Early Moog Jazz by Thom Holmes

Jazz Embraces the Moog Synthesizer By Thom Holmes Jazz was one of the last major genres of music to embrace the synthesizer. What made it possible for synthesizers to finally thrive in jazz was portability—the availability of portable performance instruments … Continued

Moog: A History in Recordings by Thom Holmes

Guest blogger Thom Holmes explores how technology and musical artistry influence one another Some questions about electronic music are best answered historically. What qualities make electronic music inherently different than other music? Where did the idea originate to compose using … Continued

On the Road: Early “Live” Moog Modular Artists

Moog Modular Historian Thom Holmes Explores Early “Live” Moog Modular Artists (1965-1970) We stray from Moog recordings for this edition of the blog to document some of the early pioneers of live Moog Modular performance. While digging through many of … Continued

A History of the Moog Modular in Space Music

Moog: A History in Recordings Thom Holmes A Little Space Music While most musicians were finding ways to adapt the Moog Modular to popular music–using the keyboard controller to play the instrument like an organ– others found satisfaction in creating … Continued