This month, I want to highlight several outstanding benchmarks in recorded Minimoog performances, some well-known and others largely overlooked in the annals of popular music history.
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Dick Hyman (b. 1927) was already on his way to becoming a musical legend by 1968 and it had nothing to do with the Moog Modular Synthesizer. Having established himself as a jazz and studio keyboardist, arranger, and composer, he … Continued
For every well-known and iconic Moog recording in the annals of Moog history, there are literally dozens of lesser known and forgotten recordings. But being unknown doesn’t make these recordings any less interesting. With this in mind, I want to … Continued
Moog: A History in Recordings 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 lightweight and easily transportable performance instruments. … Continued
Not-a-Moog—Early Recordings Often Mistaken for a Moog (and Other Intriguing Cases) Last month, I offered a list of the very first ten commercial recordings to feature the Moog Modular Synthesizer. There are numerous other recordings from this same timeframe that … Continued
The First Moog Synthesizer Recordings At first, Bob Moog didn’t think of his synthesizer as a total solution for the musician. He once famously said, “There was never a notion that a synthesizer would be used by itself for anything.” … Continued