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Top Ten Countdown of Moog Featured Songs

Posted by Billyjam, January 25, 2019 02:30pm | Post a Comment
 


In conjunction with the simultaneously published New Sirin Synthesizer + more @ Week Long "Moog House of Electronicus Pop-Up" in LA + New Arturia MicroFreak @ NAMM Amoeblog, this accompanying piece takes a look back at the past half-century of Moog-featured song in a top ten countdown. A subjective list, culled from the endless number of popular recordings recordings in different genres over the past five decades,; it focuses primarily on popular songs that prominently featured various models of the Moog.

With such a vast library of Moog featured songs to draw from, obviously many excellent contenders are not included in this list of of ten. Hence honorable mentions include the Beatles “Here Comes The Sun” off the White Album (avail in new Super Deluxe Edition), Parliament’s "Flash Light" from Funkentelechy vs. the Placebo Syndrome (1977) with Bernie Worrell playing synths, Portishead’s inspired interpretation of ABBA’s hit "SOS" featured in the 2016 film adaptation of J.G. Ballard's High-Rise, Nine Inch Nails"Head Like a Hole" off the Pretty Hate Machine LP,  the late great  Prince’s “I Wanna Be Your Lover” off his self-titled 1979 second album, and Herbie Hancock’s 1983 hit “Rockit” with both Hancock and synthesizer/drum machine programmer Michael Beinhorn on Minimoog. 

Then in the Moog rich prog rock field there’s such tracks deserving of honorable mention as Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s “Lucky Man” featuring Keith Emerson’s Moog synthesizer solo (reportedly recorded in one take) off their self-titled 1970 debut album,  “The Cinema Show” by Genesis off their 1973 album Selling England By The Pound (also on 180 gram vinyl LP) featuring Tony Banks on Moog, and Yes’ “Starship Trooper” from 1971’s The Yes Album (also on 2LP 180 vinyl) (Tony Kaye on synth) as well as “Wonderous Stories” featuring Rick Wakeman on Polymoog from the 1977 Yes album “Going For The One. (also avail on picture disc vinyl/LP)  Now onto the countdown with accompanying YouTube video clips.


New Sirin Synthesizer + more @ Week Long "Moog House of Electronicus Pop-Up" in LA + New Arturia MicroFreak @ NAMM 2019

Posted by Billyjam, January 25, 2019 02:29pm | Post a Comment


Attention LA area musicians and fans of the fat sound of Moog synthesizer: make time to visit the week-long Moog House of Electronicus Pop-Up museum in the King Sim Theatre in the Chinatown district that offers a wide display of models of the pioneering electronic musical instrument that altered the face of pop music over the past half-century. [See the accompanying just published Top Ten Countdown of Moog Featured Songs Amoeblog].
In celebration of  the newly launched Sirin Moog synth model that oscillates in the higher octaves of experience, The Moog House of Electronicus Pop-Up is an interactive museum and workshop space dedicated to the all things Moog.

Scheduled to coincide with the big annual NAMM show in Anaheim, that also opened yesterday, the Moog museum is at 712 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 the pop-up will be open everyday to the public for free from noon-8pm through next Wednesday, January 30th. At the interactive hands-on Synth museum all are welcome to pull up a seat and play from the wide variety of Moog synths on display including the aforementioned brand new Sirin polyphonic Moog One synthesizer, as well as check out the various interactive sculptural synthesis installations. Nick Sanborn (Sylvan Esso/Made Of Oak) will be on hand demo’ing the new model’s various features (see him in video demo above using Sirin and DFAM analog synths) while Bana Haffer will be giving daily synthesizer workshops. Register here ASAP to ensure enrollment as workshop space is limited.
The one week only pop-up is designed to promote the limited production run (2500 made) of the Sirin by Moog. According to the Ashville, NC company the new Sirin synthesizer module is based on the iconic
  Moog Taurus sound engine. “Presented in the familiar compact form of the Moog Minitaur--Sirin is the first instrument in Moog’s Taurus family of bass synthesizers designed to generate pitches far above above middle C, with an extended frequency range that reaches notes up to D8,” is how the makersdescribe the Sirin that can be connected directly to any MIDI-note controller. It can also be “hooked up to a computer via USB to explore even deeper layers of sound design, where every parameter can be manipulated, automated, and recalled using Sirin’s dedicated Editor Librarian Software (free download for PC and Mac),” they say.  

The Moog House of Electronicus Pop-Up museum is located at 712 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90012  where it is located in the King Sim Theatre in LA's Chinatown district, open from noon-8pm each day through next Wednesday, January 30th, 2019.  Read previous Amoeblogs on the history of Moog and its festival, as well as the Moog Thermini that landed at Amoeba SF a few years back. And be sure to check out the accompanying just published Top Ten Moog Featured Pop Hits Amoeblog.

Moog's Theremini Has Landed at Amoeba SF!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 15, 2015 07:11pm | Post a Comment

In 1919, Russian electro physicist Lev Sergejewitch Termen invented the Theremin - the only Moog Thereminiinstrument that generates sound without being touched. Notoriously hard to play, it is one of the first electronic instruments that inspired the creation of synthesizers in future generations. Horror films and "Good Vibrations" haven't been the same since.

We know learning to play the Theremin has been on your bucket list for a long time. You don't have wait for the New Year to get a jump on this resolution. Luckily, the good folks at Moog have brought the unmistakably memorable, otherworldly sound within the reach of the common man with their new Theremini - a re-imagination of the Theremin. Amoeba SF currently has several in stock and, at $299.98, they will make excellent holiday gifts!

The Theremini design fuses the experience of performing with an instrument you don’t actually touch with a powerful sound engine derived from Moog’s award winning synthesizer, Animoog. The Theremini guarantees immediate success to any player at any skill level, while providing new ways to experiment with music, education, and gestural control.

We at Amoeba SF were honored with a live Theremini demo and in-store performance with Theremin Dorit Chrysler, Moog Thereminivirtuoso Dorit Chrysler who held her one-hour "hands on" workshop, KID COOL THEREMIN SCHOOL, on October 30th. Ten lucky customers got to try out the Theremini under her expert tutelage on the Amoeba stage. The electro joy was contagious as the class gathered a rapt audience who couldn't wait to try it out for themselves.

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15 Music Gift Ideas You Didn't Know Existed

Posted by Amoebite, December 11, 2014 11:44am | Post a Comment

15 Music Gift Ideas You Didn't Know Existed

Music is always a great gift, but even when it's gift-wrapped, a new LP or CD isn't fooling anyone with its distinctive shape. Why not surprise the music lover who has everything with one of these unexpected items? Some of them are kinda fun, while others are more practical, but they are all definitely not your typical music gift.

Bad Brains Hot Sauce

Bad Brains - Fire Burn Babylon Hot Sauce

Hot sauce seems to be a thing that a lot of bands create (i.e. BastilleJoe PerryThe Offspring's Dexter Holland's line of hot sauce, Gringo Bandito). The punk rockers of Bad Brains created their own hardcore hot sauce that combines sweet and heat, just like they do.

Best Coast Snack Plush Cat

Best Coast - Snacks Plush Cat

MoogFest Now In Its Tenth Year

Posted by Billyjam, December 19, 2013 07:11pm | Post a Comment




The annual MoogFest inspired by the Robert Moog invention that bears his name takes place every Spring in the same North Carolina town that houses the factory where Moog's instruments are hand-built to this day. Now in its tenth year, the MoogFest (April 23-27th in Asheville) will include daytime conference programming, with such speakers as Giorgio Moroder and Laurie Anderson, and landmark nightly performances including such headliners as Kraftwerk and Chic featuring Nile Rodgers.  It is a five-day homage to the legacy of the analog synth, the electronic musical in

strument that shook things up in the 60's and helped shape the course of popular music over the past half century.

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