The Bob Moog Foundation is proud to welcome Emmy-nominated composer and synthesist Amin Bhatia, and computer scientist Gerhard Lengeling to the Board of Advisors. The existing group of 40 leaders from diverse backgrounds including education, music, and music technology to serve the Foundation with their varied and exceptional expertise and experience, helping to advance the educational, historical preservation, and museum projects of the organization.
“Amin Bhatia’s work is indelibly linked to Bob Moog’s legacy,” stated David Mash, President of the Bob Moog Foundation Board of Directors. “His work in sound design and synthesizer development, as well as his composition for major film and television shows, has inspired both musicians and listeners alike. Additionally, Gerhard Lengeling’s contribution to the evolution of software musical instruments and the development of Digital Audio Workstations is immeasurable and follows the inspiration of Bob Moog’s legacy. His work has inspired and enabled so many to create music with technology.”
Emmy-nominated composer Amin Bhatia has written music for film, television, albums, theatre, and installations for nearly 40 years. Early on, his multiple wins in the Roland International Synthesizer competitions led to projects with David Foster and Steve Porcaro of Toto. Some of his synth programming even ended up on Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
His debut album The Interstellar Suite used no digital samples but only analog instruments, which Amin insisted on as a gesture of respect to orchestral musicians. His sequel album Virtuality used live players, virtual and vintage synthesizers, and was the first album to be endorsed by the Bob Moog Foundation. Of note is Bolero Electronica, Ravel’s classic masterpiece performed on 75 years of synthesizers in chronological order. Music from both albums has become standard repertoire in ensemble competitions worldwide.
Bhatia’s television projects include Anne with an E, Flashpoint and X Company; as well as guest compositions on The Handmaid’s Tale and Queer as Folk. Feature film credits include Storm, Iron Eagle II, Rescue Heroes: The Movie, John Woo’s Once a Thief and many IMAX films scored for full orchestra. He has multiple awards and accolades including an Emmy nomination (with co-writer Ari Posner) for the Disney series Get Ed.
Amin has worked as a consultant or programmer to many synthesizer companies, including Roland, Q Sound, Arturia, Spectrasonics, and Sequential. He is proud to join the Bob Moog Foundation Board of Advisors, completing a circle started 40 years ago with his very first synthesizer: the Minimoog.
“My very first synthesizer was a Minimoog and it literally changed my life,” Bhatia remarked. “Years later I actually met and got to know Bob Moog. To now be able to give back to a foundation based on both Bob the man and Bob the inventor gives me immense joy and satisfaction.”
A computer scientist and pioneer in the field of programming music software, Gerhard Lengeling is a Senior Director at Apple engineering leading Music Creation Applications. In his long career he’s worked as an independent software developer for music applications for Commodore C64, Atari ST, and Mac II, as well as co-founding Emagic Inc., and working to continue its growth in the music industry through applications including Logic, Logic Audio, Logic Silver, Logic Gold, and Logic Platinum until the company became a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple Computer, Inc. in 2002. In January 2003, Lengeling was presented with the 6th Annual Golden Clef Award by Berklee College of Music for his services to the music industry and music education. In April of that year, Lengeling relocated to Cupertino, CA, to accept a position to lead the development of Apple’s Music Creation Applications.
“My first synthesizer as a teenager was a Minimoog,” Lengeling observed. “It blew my mind as a musician. It sparked my interest in the crossings of technology and art. I wish that every generation could have the same opportunities.”
“The addition of Gerhard and Amin to our Board of Advisors brings additional expertise and connections and will help us advance the mission of the Bob Moog Foundation,” concludes Mash.
For more information and a full list of the Board of Advisors, visit https://moogfoundation.org/board-of-advisors