MAN AND MACHINE: Although there were earlier electronic music instruments, Robert Moog’s invention was the first modular synthesizer, providing a much smaller system with unique sound-making qualities.
FAMILY LEGACY: Michelle Moog-Koussa, executive director of the Bob Moog Foundation, is furthering her father’s work by using Moog synthesizers as teaching tools to inspire students.
SOUND GURU: Seva David Ball, a longtime local figure in radio and music, operates as an audio jack-of-all-trades in his garage-turned-studio, Soundcurrent Mastering.
An early modular prototype synthesizer.
A 1970 tape from Don Preston, a synth player with Frank Zappa and others.
The mastertape of The Sound of the Moog, the first demo record from Moog Music factory, sent out to inquiring customers.
A tape box from the Moog Archives, hand-lettered by composer Wendy (then Walter) Carlos for a couple of Burt Bacharach cover songs.
EXPERIMENTAL RADIO DAYS: Dennis Palmer of Chattanooga’s Shaking Ray Levis performs on the Moog Liberation (the first commercially produced “keytar” synth) on WUOT’s Un-Radio, circa mid-’80s.
A breadboard prototype made for the composer John Eaton.