Moog is possibly if not probably the most iconic synthesizer and module company in the world. The analog power of Moog has changed music the world over and continues to push the technology of what analog synthesizers are capable of. Moog is by far, second to none when it comes to professional level synthesizers.
In fact the synthesizers designed by Robert Moog and his team in the 1960’s and beyond, has shaped and pioneered what modular voltage controlled analog synthesizer are today. So much so, it’s not uncommon to hear people refer to vintage analog synthesizers as Moog’s as a term similar to how people refer to tissues as Kleenex even though, technically Kleenex only refers to the brand.
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Moving away from vacuum tube based synthesizers to the use of the transistor allowed Moog to make affordable and compact synthesizers that shaped music as we know it. After a demonstration at the Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967, Moog took off.
The electronic charge of the Moog became the heart of the soundtrack for movies like Stanley Kubrick adaptation of the novel A Clockwork Orange and The Shining.
Once the Moog became Polyphonic with the introduction of the Polymoog in 1975, Moog began to rise to being more than a color to add to music, it started to become the an element to redefine music.
The evolution of Moog has never stopped, with the monophonic Minimoog, more and more musicians started taking the Moog out on the road and it became more prominent in live music, from Sun Ra to Yes and Mahavishnu Orchestra, perhaps none more prominent than the use it has gotten from Stevie Wonder.
Music from Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Parliament Funkadelic and now modern bands like Snarky Puppy and St. Vincent has all embraced the Moog to enhance and often define their sound.
Now with the Moog Sub Phatty, Moog Little Phatty, Moog Slim Phatty, Moog Sub 37, Moogerfoogers, Taurus 2, Minimoog Voyagers, Moog Keytar, Moog System 55 Modular, Moog System 35 Modular, Moog Model 15 Modular, Moog Subsequent, Moog Prodigy and so many other models, Moog continues to push the bar higher and higher in the world of analog instruments.
What essentially started as a theremin company evolved into a wonderland of oscillators, filters and modulators that found it’s way into music and film scores throughout the world, including the epic album by the Doors, “Strange Days” and the epic album, Abbey Road by The Beatles.
Every band in the world tends to have at least one musician in the band that owns a Moog and why not? It’s such and epic brand filled with epic models. Just a few of the prominent musicians include:
Simon & Garfunkel
Shaun Martin of Snarky Puppy
Keith Emerson of Emerson Lake and Palmer
Diana Ross & The Supremes
Electric Light Orchestra
The Beach Boys
Leroy Bach of Wilco
Matt Cameron of Soundgarden
Jesse Carmichael of Maroon 5
Charlie Clouser of Nine Inch Nails
The Chemical Brothers
The Crystal Methos
Cory Henry of Snarky Puppy, the Funk Apostles
Graham Coxon of Blur
Dean Fertita of Queens of the Stone Age, The Dead Weather
Dennis DeYoung of Styx
Neal Doughty of REO Speedwagon
Micky Dolenz of The Monkees
Geoff Downes of Yes, Asia, Buggles
Nigel Hall of Lettuce
Larry Dunn of Earth Wind And Fire
Mike Farrell of Morrissey, Macy Gray
John Frusciante of Red Hot Chili Peppers
Madonna Wayne Gacy of Marilyn Manson
Maurice Gibb of Bee Gees
Chad Hugo of N.E.R.D.
Jimmy Jam of The Time
Adam Jones of Tool
John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin
Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee
Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater
Geoffrey Keeler of Christian McBride Band
Jon Lord of Deep Purple, Whitesnake
Rhett Lawrence of The Black Eyed Peas, Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson
Geddy Lee of Rush
John Linnell of They Might Be Giants
Ray Manzarek of The Doors
Roger Manning of Jellyfish, Beck, Air
Tommy Mars of Frank Zappa
Linda McCartney of Wings
Paul McCartney of The Beatles
Page McConnell of Phish
Gabrial McNair of No Doubt
John Medeski of Medeski, Martin and Wood
Patrick Moraz of yes, The Moody Blues
Jim Morrison of The Doors
Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth
Roger O’Donnell of The Cure, Nine Inch Nails
Portugal. The Man
Queens Of The Stone Age
Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails
Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran
David Rosenthal of Billy Joel
Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater
Darian Sahanaja of Heart
Matt Sharp of Weezer
Tom Schuman of Spyro Gyra
Tegan and Sara
Eddie Van Halen
Ben Wilson of Blues Traveler
Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys
Peter Wolf of Frank Zappa
Bernie Worrell of Parliament Funkadelic and The Talking Heads
Richard Wright of Pink Floyd