Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Robert Moog--R.I.P.

Dr. Robert A. Moog (rhymes with "vogue") passed away on August 21st.

Wikipedia has an excellent entry on his achievements: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Moog

I can remember wanting to buy the official Star Wars two-record soundtrack set in 1977, but having to purchase the "Moog Orchestra" version instead, for lack of funds. It was a passable rendering of the orchestral pieces, but not anything like what was found in the movie. I liked the sound of the synthesizers though, an interest that has stayed with me.

It is interesting that synths took a turn in the late 80s and 90s towards a more realistic sound, and now the old Moog sound is sought after again.

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