It's all about the Moog

October 27, 2010

Produced by Sound Opinions

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Guitars, bass, drums…blah blah blah. This week on Sound Opinions it’s all about the Moog! The Bob Moog invented synthesizer has experienced a resurgence in popularity in the past few years. New artists love the analog sound, and many are gathering at next week’s MoogFest in Bob Moog’s adopted hometown of Asheville, NC.

Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk to Brian Kehew, the Bob Moog Foundation’s official historian, about the synthesizer’s history and legacy. Kehew also co-founded an all-analog band called Moog Cookbook in the '90s and has worked in the studio with Fiona Apple, Aimee Mann and Moog superstars, Emerson, Lake & Palmer. In addition to ELP, Kehew points to the following as great synthesizer musicians:
Wendy Carlos
Stevie Wonder
Return to Forever
The Monkees
Brian Eno
Kraftwerk
Kinky
Chromeo

And two of Jim and Greg’s favorite Moog tracks are “Chameleon” by Herbie Hancock and “Les Yper-Sound” by Stereolab.

Moogfest happens in Asheville, N. C. October 29, 30 and 31.