The world lost a great innovator when Robert Moog passed away yesterday of a brain tumor at age 71. Moog was the inventor of the eponymous Moog Synthesizer, an innovative electrical instrument that revolutionized music and sound in the 60’s, 70’s and beyond. He is the grandfather of electronic music in the same way as Les Paul and Leo Fender are for the electric guitar.
Moog was first influenced by the sound of the theremin, an instrument best known to the pop world in the opening to the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations“. He studied electronics and sound until perfecting his synthesizer. People of a certain age remember Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer as a master of the instrument. It was also used by the Beatles on “Abbey Road” and by such diverse artists as Yes, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea.
We celebrate manufacturing on this blog and the innovation of manufacturers. Robert Moog was an innovator whose sound was heard ’round the world. So many manufacturers toil in obscurity. Robert Moog and his innovation was fortunate enough to be well known. We salute him and his work on behalf of the worlds of music and manufacturing. Here’s a link to an AP story on Moog’s passing by Natalie Gott.
For without manufacturing, there would be no music.
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