Friday, February 26, 2010
INTERACTIVE MUSEUM OF THE DAY! 2-26-10
The Moogseum is exactly what it sounds like it is... a museum celebrating, educating, and archiving all things Moog. The Moog synthesizer was one of the first widely used electronic musical instruments and was created by legendary inventor Robert Moog. Moog started his company in the early 50's as a theremin kit supplier and, after doing some collaboration with composer/inventor Raymond Scott, started working toward his modular synthesizers.
Thru Moog and later his Big Brior company, Moog continued pushing the envelope (and envelope filters...) of what was not only possible with oscillators and synthesized sounds, but also set very high standards with the instruments that he built to do such things. These were musical instruments for use for artisits and musicians, not just scientific oddities. Robert Moog passed away in 2005.
One fun thing the folks at the Moogseum are doing is recording live shows at the Moog Factory with artists using Moog instruments. The Yo La Tengo one is super nice (of course).... I'm hoping there are more to come.
The Moogseum has an online counterpart that seems to be coming together as does its physical version in Ashville, NC near the Moog Factory. Time to load up the mini-van (or "mini-moog-van" perhaps?) and head out for a road trip!