Bob Moog's spirit is what brought me to Asheville. Although I never met him, I feel a strong connection to his brilliant, humble spirit through his amazing inventions. The invention closest to me first was the Moog Rogue I have had since 1998.
When I first got it, I thought it was broken. I had no idea how to summon sound out of it, let alone what all the sliders, knobs, and switches did. Through experimentation, a little luck, and the beautifully intuitive, simple, yet deep musicality of a moog synth, this was a fun and sonically liberating experience. From first using a sine wave to make vibrato, to the live manipulation of wild filter sweeps and oscillator sync on a massive bass patch that would project like a sonic tsunami out of a club's subwoofers, this was a true love affair. When he passed, I felt as though I lost a close family member. Today, on his would be 78th birthday, we celebrate his legacy to the world of electronic music.
Through working @ Moog Music Inc. for a couple years, I built over 1600 Little Phatty synths and a lot of moogerfoogers and theremins. I learned more about modulation, soldering, and electronics, made strong friendships through the common love for Bob, and in doing so, learned more about his life. I have recently had the honor to help with the Bob Moog Foundation by doing several performances/demonstrations with August Worley for Dr. Bob's SoundSchool about the physics of sound. To see the kids of all ages magically connect with music, synths, and science, affirms that Bob's spirit is well nurtured through the BMF. Thank you Bob Moog for giving us truly infinite sonic territory to explore. Happy Birthday Bob, I'll see you in the modulating waveform of space/time.
Google shares the love worldwide as the "Goog"le doodle of the day on their homepage is a playable moog virtual synth with four-track recorder that everyone seems to be getting a kick out of.
This post on reddit is up to 2610 upvotes: Everyone On Google Today
From Mashable - Google’s Moog Doodle: The Inside Story
This guy prefers the oldskool approach