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Moog Foundation Of Synthesis Essay

Museum exhibit opens in Ithaca, NY; traces evolution of Moog Factory

On May 2, 2014, The History Center in Tompkins County honored its region as the birthplace of an instrument that revolutionized music with Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer. Featuring a variety of rare materials, Switched-On shared some of Bob’s earliest theremins and synthesizers, plus family photographs never before on public display and oral histories from legendary participants in the early days of the Moog legacy.

The exhibit lends a unique perspective to Bob’s life and work between the years of 1957-1971, when he lived in the Ithaca area, building the instruments that would change music forever.

Enjoy these photos from the exhibit.

 

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In 1964, Bob Moog changed the face of music and popular culture by building upon a 64 year legacy of inventors, composers, and technology.  The voltage-controlled modular synthesizer was all at once a musical tool and a compositional studio, and its adoption by artists changed the landscape of music forever.

As you might imagine, the Bob Moog Foundation is pretty keen on synthesis.  But our interest in synthesis isn’t just about the important role Bob played in its history.  It isn’t just about composers, electronic music, dance music, synthesizers, or popular culture.  For us, synthesis is about education, the physics of sound, creativity, innovation, and inspiration.

Synthesis is a powerful combination of science and art that is as educational as it is inspirational.  Like Science, synthesis inspires practical application of knowledge, conception of possibility, and observation of outcome.  Like art, synthesis is the application of technique and expression in order to create a compelling or inspired outcome.  It is a systematic process which requires problem solving and conceptual application, all while enriching the human experience and creative expression of the user.  It’s a great metaphor for life.

It is among our goals to foster an understanding of synthesis due to its historical importance, relevance to our foundation, and the manifold benefits it provides in regard to critical thinking, scientific knowledge and understanding, and creativity.  In that spirit, we will continue to provide resources which aid in the understanding and application of this creative science/physics-based art form.

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