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An early modular prototype synthesizer.

courtesy of the Bob Moog Foundation

An early modular prototype synthesizer.

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  • 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.

Armed with a grant from the Grammy Foundation, the Bob Moog Foundation has hired Knoxville sound guru Seva David Ball to preserve the recorded history of the synthesizer.

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