Bob Moog Foundation announces major archive additions
Asheville, NC - February 2014...
The Bob Moog Foundation (BMF) has announced significant additions to
the Asheville, NC-based foundation's archives. Included in these
new additions are several rare
prototypes, including one of the few Moog Apollo Synthesizers in the
world (the Apollo became the prototype for the Polymoog), the Moog
Liberation, Moog Drum Controller, Moog Sequencer, Moog
Song Producer, Moog Feedback Suppressor; as well as production models
of the Minutemoog, and a Moog Vocoder. Also added to the archives are
more than 1,000 schematic drawings dating from
1965 through 1985.
instruments and drawings join our growing collection of treasures that
also includes Roger Powell's custom keyboard controller, designed by
Bob; a duophonic Minimoog; and two vintage
theremins," remarked Michelle Moog-Koussa, executive director of the Bob Moog Foundation and daughter of the late inventor. "We're
thrilled with the ongoing interest our archives are generating from organizations and individuals."
latest additions to the Foundation's collection of historic documents
and musical instruments come on the heels of the permanent loan of
vintage instruments by the Music Department of University of North
Carolina at Greensboro in December 2013.
According to Moog-Koussa, over 400 of the more than 1,000 documents received in this latest contribution have already been inventoried and entered
into a searchable database.
"But that's just the
beginning," she continues. "We will soon begin the most detailed and
formalized part of the archiving process - cataloging. It takes time to
do it right, but these materials are too significant
not to do it right." She
anticipates the process will take 12 to 18 months, after which the
documents will be scanned and the most significant of them shared.
wide-ranging collection that includes not only his work, but also the
work of those he influenced is the goal of the Bob Moog Foundation," she
adds. "It is from this perspective that we can achieve
the truest picture of his life's work and ultimately appreciate his
contributions to science and music."
As Moog-Koussa observes, her father was generous with his talent and knowledge. "Inspiring others fueled his own creativity. We endeavor
to carry on that tradition at BFM."
Moog-Koussa points to the
work of Dr. Bob's Sound School (DBSS) as an example of BMF's ongoing
outreach and education, an important part of her father's legacy. The
10-week curriculum teaches second grade students the physics of
sound using acoustic and electronic musical instruments such as the
theremin, as well as oscilloscopes. The information is supplemented by
custom educational materials developed by the BMF
educational team. "Bob was a life-long learner," his daughter explains.
"He never stopped asking 'what if'
and wanted others to ask the same question. I can't think of a better
tribute to his life and work than encouraging
a new generation to ask the same question."
About the Bob Moog Foundation
The Bob Moog Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Asheville, North Carolina. Our mission is to ignite creativity through the intersection of music, science and
innovation. The Bob Moog Foundation was founded to honor the legacy of Bob Moog by inspiring people
of all ages through the genius of Bob's legendary work in providing
innovative musical instruments to musicians, giving
them a new voice for creativity. The Foundation provides much-needed
innovative and effective educational opportunities to today's youth -
tomorrow's generation of creative thinkers and problem solvers.
The Bob Moog Foundation is not affiliated with Moog Music.