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North Carolina News: Robert Moog, has died.
 
Untitled Document Robert Moog gestorben (English below)

Bob Moog, ein Pionier der elektronischen Musik, ist gestern im Alter von 71 Jahren in Asheville im US-amerikanischen Bundesstaat North Carolina gestorben. Auf seiner Homepage hatte er sich von seinen Fans bereits Ende Juni verabschiedet, "ehe ich ein lallendes Bündel bin".

Bob Moogs Geschichte begann 1955 mit dem Bau von Theremins, die er im Keller des Elternhauses in Flushing bei New York baute. Ein Moog-Theremin kam beim Hit Good Vibrations der Beach Boys zum Einsatz. Nach einer Serie von vielen Experimenten baute Bob Moog 1964 den Analogsynthesizer MiniMoog, der als der "erste kompakte, bedienungsfreundliche Synthesizer" beworben wurde und für Moog mit der Grammy-LP Switched on Bach von Walter Carlos den Durchbruch brachte.

Moog-Synthesizer wurden von den Doors, Frank Zappa, Chick Corea und Kraftwerk benutzt, kamen aber auch gelegentlich bei den Beatles, Rolling Stones und Grateful Dead zum Einsatz. You Haven't Done Nothin von Stevie Wonder schrieb Moog-Geschichte.

Zeitlebens wehrte sich Bob Moog gegen die Bezeichnung "Vater des Synthesizers" oder "Erfinder des Synthesizers": "Alles, was Töne von sich gibt und mit Schaltern verändert werden kann, ist ein Synthesizer. Ein Instrument, das du einschaltest und spielst, wie das Theremin, ist kein Synthesizer. Aber wenn du dies und das einstellen kannst, hier ein Patchkabel legen kannst, dort ein anderes, und damit den Klang in seiner Qualität in neue Bereiche führst, dann hast du einen Synthesizer. Und da gab es viele Geräte vor meinen."

Seinen letzten großen Auftritt hatte Bob Moog auf dem Moog-Fest und in dem begleitenden Film Moog von Hans Fjellestad. Zu seinem Andenken in seinem Hausclub Orange Peel werden prominente Keyboarder aller Musikrichtungen aufspielen.

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Synthesiser pioneer Dr Moog dies

Dr Moog made his first instrument aged 14 (Moogarchives.com)
Synthesiser pioneer Dr Robert Moog has died at his North Carolina home aged 71, four months after being diagnosed with brain cancer.

He was born in the New York district of Queens and his instruments were used by The Beatles and The Doors among others.

Moog built his first electronic instrument - a theremin - aged 14 and made the MiniMoog, "the first compact, easy-to-use synthesiser", in 1970.

He won the Polar prize, Sweden's "music Nobel prize", in 2001.

Synthesiser hit

It was Wendy Carlos' 1968 Grammy award-winning album, Switched-On Bach, which brought Moog to prominence.

Carlos played renditions of Johann Sebastian Bach compositions on a Moog analogue synthesiser, making electronic music popular and Moog a household name.


Fatboy Slim is among recent musicians to use Moog synthesisers
Before long many musicians and groups, including the Doors, the Grateful Dead, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, were using Moog synthesisers.

Moog remained a respected musical figure and in recent years many musicians, including Brian Eno, The Cure, Fatboy Slim and Stereolab kept the sound alive, even as analogue synthesisers were superseded by digital instruments.

"The sound defined progressive music as we know it," said Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

In 2004, the first Moogfest was organised in New York, celebrating Moog's achievements.

Organiser Charles Carlini said: "He brought electronic music to the masses and changed the way we hear music."

Moog had received both radiation treatment and chemotherapy to help combat his brain disease. He left a wife, Ileana, and five children.

A public memorial celebration is planned for Wednesday at the Orange Peel Club in Asheville, North Carolina.

 





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