BMF to Inspire NAMM 2013 With Sonic Power of Vintage Analog

Bob Moog Foundation to Feature Walls of Sound Through Vintage Instrument Demos and Historical Exploration Through Musician’s Eyes

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The Bob Moog Foundation is excited announce our second year stepping out with our very own booth space at Winter NAMM 2013.  For those of you who are unfamiliar, NAMM takes place annually in Anaheim, CA, and is one of the largest product trade shows in the world, attracting over 100,000 industry related attendees.

This year we will be in booth #5307 in Hall B,  right accross the aisle from our friends at Moog Music, Inc., and right next to Dave Smith Instruments.

No longer newbies to the convention, we are elevating our presence to incorporate several unique offerings, making our booth a destination for analog enthusiasts.  We will be demonstrating two iconic instruments for a total of five demonstrations throughout the day.

The Wall of Doom


Erik Norlander’s Wall of Doom modular Moog synthesizer. Four of the six sections will be at the Bob Moog Foundation Booth at Winter NAMM 2013

Front and center at the BMF booth  will be Erik Norlander’s Wall of Doom modular Moog synthesizer.  Encasing over 100 modules, (including 22 oscillators) many built between 1967 and 1972, the Wall of Doom is a touring configuration of the legendary synthesizer that gave birth to an industry. Four out of the six racks of the instrument will be present in the BMF booth (only because that’s all we could fit!).

Marc Doty, Archive and Education Specialist for the Bob Moog Foundation, will demonstrate the Wall of Doom at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. from Thursday through Sunday

The Duophonic Minimoog

The super modded Duracell Minimoog

The super modded Duracell Minimoog

Also featured will be one of the few duophonic Minimoogs in the world. Recently donated to the BMF by Tom Coppola, the Minimoog was modified by Doug Slocum of Synthetic Sound Labs in the late 1970s. Of particular note is Coppola’s use of the synthesizer to create the signature three-note Duracell sound.

Slocum will be present to demonstrate the instrument at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day

H.O.T. Zone Panel with Michael Boddicker

Michael Boddicker with an early modular Moog synthesizer

Michael Boddicker with an early modular Moog synthesizer

On Saturday, January 26, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in room 203 A-B, the Bob Moog Foundation will present Exploring Bob Moog’s Archives with Michael Boddicker at NAMM’s H.O.T. Zone.

BMF Executive Director Michelle Moog-Koussa and Marc Doty will join Michael Boddicker, legendary Grammy Award-winning film composer (Flashdance, 1984) and session synthesist (Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie). Boddicker is three-time N.A.R.A.S. Most Valuable Player “Synthesizer” award winner and an MVP Emeritus. He was winner of Keyboard magazine’s Reader’s Poll Award – Best Studio Synthesist in 1986 and 1987 and Best Session Player in 1988.

Together, the panel will explore rare archival material including photographs, project notes, vintage catalogs, audio from restored reel-to-reel tapes, vintage ads and articles, and more. Boddicker, who has over 700 album credits to his name, will lend a musician’s perspective, speaking from his vast experience with the wide variety of early Moog instruments used throughout his career, including some that are quite rare.

Remembering Bob

In addition, the Foundation is encouraging NAMM attendees to bring their photos of Bob Moog at NAMM to the BMF booth, where we’ll create a “Remembering Bob at NAMM” wall.