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On the Road: Early “Live” Moog Modular Artists

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…

Early “Live” Moog Modular Artists: John Mills-Cockell

This is the first of a series of blogs on early live uses of the Moog Modular. Before Keith Emerson took his mammoth “Monster Moog” on tour in 1971—an astonishing feat by any measure—there were several forays into live performances by a number of Moog users. Their experience spanned music genres, from classical, experimental, art rock, and jazz. All before the year 1970.

A History of the Moog Modular in 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 “beds” and continuously changing background textures of sounds.