After a Laurie Anderson concert last year… #laurieanderson #synth #violin #electronic

After a Laurie Anderson concert last year… #laurieanderson #synth #violin #electronic

Combining an app like Koushion with the power of Ableton Live really boosts the creative potential of each.  Koushion is on sale for $4.99 until Dec. 31, 2012

Into the light

Into the light

Bob Moog’s Birthday 2007

Yesterday on Facebook I told some people that I would write the story of the events surrounding Bob Moog’s birthday in 2007.  The whole story spans far beyond 2007… from the late 60s through today. Here goes…

Driving a truck into the night, headed to Nashville to tell the world about a new way to play guitar… no, wait… that’s a different (but related) story.  Back on track…  Here goes…

It’s late evening, May 23, 2012.  Bob Moog’s birthday.  It has been a great day with people remembering Bob in many ways.  His birthday five years ago was a very special event in some very different ways.  Michelle Moog-Koussa and I have been talking about writing about it ever since.  I promised some people I would do it now, so here it is…

 

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Jon Hassell — Bob Moog

Jon Hassell just shared with me a very interesting and historic letter. Very timely too, with tomorrow being Bob Moog’s Birthday celebration…

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Letter to Jon Hassell
Electronic Music - The Early Years


I had a very interesting experience about one week ago. A gentleman, Mr. Robert Moog, who claims to know of you, visited Washington and demonstrated a compact electronic studio. He claims to be the only man in the country building and designing equipment solely for the creation of electronic music. He was tremendously impressed with your proposals. [For - among other things - applying the principles of electronic music manipulation to the video domain.] He stated that he would be able to provide much of the equipment called for in those proposals at the same quality or better at considerably less cost.

He also demonstrated equipment (in a crude state of development) which could provide great flexibility with extremely simple manipulation involved, almost to the point of being able to improvise an electronic composition - to be recorded or not. He is going to send me descriptive material and quotations, copies of which I will either forward to you or hold for your interest and considerations.


Lloyd Ultan
Head, Music Department
American University
Washington D. C. 20016

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Live performance setup…

Live performance setup…

A quick “droid” photo from the Scanimate Video Session…

A quick “droid” photo from the Scanimate Video Session…

I can sing.  It just requires extreme amounts of technological assistance…

The view from my keyboards at the Bob Moog Foundation Pushing The Envelope {ADSR} workshop…

The view from my keyboards at the Bob Moog Foundation Pushing The Envelope {ADSR} workshop…

Creating Ambient Backgrounds with Nodal

In which ambient backgrounds evolve, piano is played, continuous controllers control continuously and after an African interlude, Beethoven makes a brief appearance.

Moog synths meet Nodal Networks. A big beat is created, soft synths are filtered and knobs are tweaked.