Tag Archive | Electronic Music Pioneer

Eye On Design: Keith Emerson’s Moog Synthesizer

Keith Emerson Moog Synthesizer
Photos By Gail

In the mid-1960s, electric music pioneer Robert Moog created modular synthesizers using transistor technologies. His early synths featured modules that generate and modify the pitch, timbre, and volume of sounds when connected, or “patched” by cables. This allowed for unprecedented control of sonic parameters but made it difficult to replicate the same sound twice. Moog’s inventions came to the attention of the rock world when they were demonstrated at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. The following year, Wendy Carlos’s album Switched-On Bach became the first chart-topping hit utilizing a Moog synthesizer. The instrument has its performance debut at a 1969 concert in the Sculpture Garden at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, where Moog introduced a quartet of synthesizers built specifically for live events.

Inspired by Wendy Carlos, Keith Emerson of the then-new band Emerson, Lake and Palmer sought out one of the synthesizers that Robert Moog had built for the 1969 concert at MoMA. The band’s 1970 hit single, Lucky Man,” with an expansive Moog solo by Emerson, helped to establish the synthesizer as a lead instrument in popular music. Emerson collaborated with Moog to expand the synthesizer and optimize it for live performance, adding additional components and preset modules that recall sounds.

Hammond L-100 Organ with Moog Synthesizer
Installation View: Moog Synthesizer with Emerson’s Hammond L-100 Stunt Keyboard (Left

Photographed as Part of Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock and Roll, on Exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum Art in NYC Through October 1st, 2019.

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Yes, It Exists: Brian Eno Purina Cat Food Ad

Eno Purina Cat Food Ad

As previously reported on Boing Boing, above you will find a ’70s-era print ad for Purina tinned Cat food featuring electronic music pioneer and glam rocker Brian Eno, and his cat, Eric.

Thanks to Evelyn Chote for the Image!

Update April 2, 2017: Apparently this Ad is Fake. Oh well, it’s still Hilarious!

Happy 54th Birthday, Gary Numan!

Gary Numan With Mic

Gary Numan, a highly influential musician in the field of modern electronic music, was born on this day, March 8th, in 1958. Additional Trivia: Gary Numan does not like cheese. Happy Birthday, Gary!

Remembering Dr. Robert Moog


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On This Date, August 21st, in 2005: Robert Moog, the inventor of the Moog Synthesizer – which literally revolutionized popular music – died of a brain tumor in Asheville, NC at the age of 71. RIP Robert Moog! You made music better!