Using Koushion with iPad synth apps…
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
Last week when I was writing about Bob Moog’s birthday and related coincidences, I forgot about one interesting one.
Shortly after I started working at Moog, I ran into some older, non-musician Egyptian friends and told then about my then new job. They looked at me puzzled and asked “why’d they name the company that”? After I told them about it being named after the founder Bob Moog and more about the products, they said “that’s strange… “moog” is Arabic for “wave”“.
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…
Jon Hassell just shared with me a very interesting and historic letter. Very timely too, with tomorrow being Bob Moog’s Birthday celebration…
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.
Head, Music Department
Washington D. C. 20016