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Preserving the Bob Moog Archives

The mastertape of The Sound of the Moog, the first demo record from Moog Music factory, sent out to inquiring customers.

courtesy of the Bob Moog Foundation

The mastertape of The Sound of the Moog, the first demo record from Moog Music factory, sent out to inquiring customers.

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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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