Bob (Moog)‘s Belated Birthday

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by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 26 May, 2012

If he was still with us, Robert Moog (May 23, 1934 – August 21, 2005), the great electronic musical instrument inventor, would have been 78 last Wednesday.

Today, we present a special collection of classic electronica, much of which uses his many inventions — particularly, of course, the Moog Synthesiser (such as those pictured left and below), in honour of his memory and astonishing musical legacy.

Today’s programme includes classic electronic music of all kinds — not just synthesisers — from a wide range of artists including Wendy Carlos, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Dissevelt and Baltan, an IBM 7090 computer, Larry Fast’s Synergy, Kraftwerk and many, many more. You’ll hear the hilarious sounds of Perrey and Kingsley, two of the earliest artists to use the Moog synthesiser and recorded sounds for melodic, rather than abstract, ends — and their lesser‐known colleague, Pat Prilly, who was producing light and frothy synth pieces for production music libraries in France. And you’ll hear an ensemble playing Erik Satie on synth as well as conventional instrumentation. We’ve even thrown in the Balanescu Quartet playing string quartet arrangements of Kraftwerk pieces, which is truly something else.

We also include some classic electronic pieces that don’t include synthesisers at all — made before Bob’s time, they’re created with oscillators and tape editing.

Tune in for an astonishing variety of electronic and musique concrète sounds from both the popular melodic and abstract avant‐garde ends of the electronica spectrum, from the 1950s to the 1980s (by and large).

And at set times during the day we present the Pyramedia Productions radio documentary, Electronic Music Synthesisers, produced in the early 1970s when interest in electronic instruments for rock and popular music was in its first flush. It’s in two parts: the first part (45 mins) goes out at 1pm and 9pm Pacific Time, and the second part (30 mins) at the start of the following hour, at 2pm and 10pm Pacific.

And of course, don’t forget the ZBS Radio Hour at 11am and 7pm Pacific — tonight it’s the second part of the rather marvellous Steampunk Steam Dreamers of Inverness followed by another strange story in Stars & Stuff. (See separate article).

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin. You can listen to the programme in‐world at the appointed time at, or simply click here to start your player, if your browser is configured to do so. Listeners in the United States are encouraged to tune in using this link:


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