Friday, September 16, 2005

Moog = Vogue @ Eyedrum: Analog Musical Heaven in Atlanta and Online

You may not know the guy but you know his machines. Robert Moog (sounds like vogue) made the electronic machines and keyboards that made groovey analog music possible. From the indie art enclave Eyedrum website and mailing list comes the following info on a Saturday night of Moog-themed events...

"An evening dedicated to the recently departed father of the Moog synthesizer and builder of theremins. Tonight's lineup will feature a screening of the film "Moog" by Han Fjellestad.

Eyedrum will host a Bob Moog tribute on Saturday, September 17. Bob Moog, inventor of the Moog line of synthesizers and builder of theremins died last month. Eyedrum will pay tribute by showing the film "Moog" by Hans Fjellestad. This feature documentary film explores Moog's collaborations with musicians over the years, and his ideas about creativity, design, interactivity and spirituality. The film was shot on location in Asheville, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tokyo and London, featuring appearances by Keith Emerson, Walter Sear, Gershon Kinsgley, Jean-Jacques Perrey & Luke Vibert, Rick Wakeman, DJ Spooky, Herb Deutsch, Bernie Worrell, Pamelia Kurstin, Tino Corp. with Charlie Clouser, Money Mark, Mix Master Mike, and an eclectic mix of performers. This screening will mark the Atlanta premiere of the film.

MOOG [a film by hans fjellestad]

There will also be performances by local Moog enthusiasts (Neil Fried, Don Hassler, Howard Wershil, Zachary Hollback, Chris Swartz, Gene Thompson, William Silbernagel, Scott Burland, Robert Cheatham, Allen Welty Green, Oliver Smith, & Blake Helton) featuring many participants from last year's Theremin Summit, as well as Dennis Palmer and Bob Stagner of Shaking Ray Levis from Chattanooga."


The Electrical Spectacle put out one of my all-time favorite albums. Analog keyboard instrumentals, real drummer, throwing down fast and grooving slow. The following review does a good job of describing the music of the band. Two of the songs are longer then 8 minutes, and all four are worth the download. MP3's to be found at Electrical Spectacle "Mood Modulation EP". I'd be curious to hear anyone's reaction, and no, I have nothing to do with the band.

Welcome to the Best of New Orleans! Hot Seven 12 31 02

"Like this contagious club concoction, Electrical Spectacle looks to the past for innovation. A study in the vintage keyboard sounds of the '60s and '70s, the Spectacle's retro-futuristic sound is the perfect antithesis to most of what goes on in the organic, roots-obsessed local music scene. The group's massive Moog synthesizer collection sets the tone for electro-effects and the whirring of the theremin. "

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