New Bob Moog book and the “Google Mini”

On the occasion of Robert Moog’s 78th birthday, we’d like to draw your attention to a new “synth” book which will be hitting the market in October:

BOB MOOG – Synthesizer Pioneer
(by Dieter Dixon, Michelle Moog-Koussa and Ubel Zuiderveld),
a product of the Tipbook Legends Series.

New Bob Moog book - october 2012

New Bob Moog book – october 2012

Google’s special present has certainly not gone without notice. The “Google Mini” is a perfect memorial – admittedly not the real thing, but still: the Minimoog is playable! You can tweak the buttons! There’s a 4-track recording device! What a great way to bring the Minimoog back to life around the globe. The perfect gift for Robert Moog. A great gift for us all.”

Google Minimoog 2012-05-23

Google Minimoog 2012-05-23

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“Es genügt, einen Ton schön zu spielen” sagte der Komponist Arvo Pärt im Jahre 2005. Diese Aussage ist ebenso einfach wie ich auch exzellent: Es braucht kein Meer an Tönen, denn entscheidend ist der Klang. Dass so mancher Vintage-Synthesizer der 70er und 80er Jahre teils unerreicht hochwertige Klänge liefert, steht außer Frage. Doch tatsächlich leben wir “heute” in einer nahezu perfekten Zeit. Einerseits hat man – mehr oder weniger – noch Zugriff auf die Vintage Analogen, andererseits wird auch bei Neugeräten die wichtige Komponente des hochwertigen Klanges wieder zunehmend berücksichtigt. Doepfer, Cwejman, Synthesizers.com, MacBeth, Moog, GRP, Studio Electronics, COTK, John Bowen und andere Hersteller bauen hervorragende Synthesizer, die den “Klassikern” in nichts nachstehen. All diesen (alten wie neuen) “großartigen” Instrumenten ist Great Synthesizers gewidmet. _________________________________________________________ In 2005 composer Arvo Pärt said: “Playing one tone really well is enough”. In other words, it is sufficient to play one tone 'beautifully'. I agree with that. All musical efforts are focused on the sound itself. Although I studied classical music (piano and drums), it’s the electronic sound that inspires me. Synthesizers are the epitome of new sounds and exciting tonal spheres. Today, many companies produce high-quality - excellent! - synthesizers: Doepfer, Cwejman, MacBeth, Moog, GRP, Synthesizers.com, COTK, Studio Electronics, John Bowen and others. It's their products I'm really interested in ... apart from Vintage Synthesizers, which I have been collecting for 20 years. Subsequent to our former websites Bluesynths and Blogasys, Peter Mahr and I have now created GreatSynthesizers. We hope you like it.