Sunday, August 21, 2005 @ 08:25 AM -0400 GMT
As it said on the moogmusic.com home page as of this writing, Bob Moog's body has left us. But his wonderful creative mind will forever remain in the world of music he so greatly influenced.
Ironically, he wasn't a musician. He was an instrument maker. More specifically, an electronic instrument maker. He was the first person to design and produce synthesizers that were portable, affordable, and otherwise widely accessible to all musicians thus revolutionizing the world of music. He made it possible to literally make sounds that were out of this world.
When I began studying electronic music in high school, I was quickly made aware of his contributions. To my surprise and delight, I discovered that he had retired to an area outside of Asheville, NC only a 3 hour drive away from where I lived and he was teaching at UNCA. When it came time, I applied to UNCA and was accepted. Thus I had the great fortune of studying with him in 1991-92, his last year teaching there.
Through that experience I discovered that he was much more than an engineer. He was truly a delight to be with. He approached the world of sound with a sense of awe and discovery of a child. I remember when we got a new Kurzweil 2000 for the lab and we were setting it up. We played with it for about 5-10 minutes and then he turned it off. Why you ask?... Because he just had to take off the cover and see what was under the hood! All the while with the look of an eager child who has just dissected his first TV.