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Happy 78th birthday Dr Robert Moog! Well it would be if he wasn't dead Posted Image


Robert Moog gave his name to the Moog synthesizer, launched in 1964. Moog did not invent the synthesizer but, inspired by the Theremin (invented in the 1920s), his instrument was the first to be a practical instrument for musicians by allowing it to be played (controlled) by a piano-type keyboard. The Moog synth, and the later MiniMoog, went on to become the first widely used electronic instruments and led the way for other instrument manufacturers. Whether you like synthesized sound or not, there's no denying its impact across all types of music since the 1960s.


Here's one of the earliest uses of the Moog synth in mainstream pop from 1967, Reflections by Diana Ross and the Supremes:




and from 1974 Autobahn by electronic pop pioneers Kraftwerk (remix):


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