Inventor of the Synthesizer

Nov 10, 2023 | Music, Videos

The world of electronic music has been forever changed by the pioneering innovation of one man: Robert Moog. From his invention of the modern synthesizer in 1964 to his collaborations with some of the world’s greatest musicians, Moog’s legacy is undeniable. Now, viewers can learn more about him and his groundbreaking ideas with a new documentary, “Moog.”

This fascinating portrait delves into Moog’s life and career, offering an intimate look at his passion for creativity, design, interactivity and spirituality. Viewers will get insight into how he revolutionized both music and technology through a series of interviews with those closest to him as well as archival footage of some of the most iconic moments in musical history.

One such moment includes Wendy Carlos’ 1968 Grammy-winning album Switched-On Bach which showcased her incredible skill in utilizing the newly invented synthesizer to interpret classical works in a contemporary context. This record not only served as significant cultural milestone but also brought international acclaim to Moog’s technology as it moved out from its avant-garde niche and into mainstream culture.

In addition to these interviews and archival footage, there are also performances featuring jazz legends Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock who were both early adopters of Moog’s synthesizers throughout their careers. Furthermore, we are shown how modern day legends like Radiohead’s Thom Yorke have been inspired by this revolutionary technology which continues to inspire future generations today.


For anyone looking for an engaging yet informative exploration of one man’s journey that helped shape modern day music production, “Moog” is essential viewing. Watching this documentary gives its audience an appreciation for how far we have come as well as provides us with insight into what truly makes great music; understanding the importance that Robert Moog had on this process is invaluable. Whether you are a fan of electronic music or simply curious about it, “Moog” is sure to captivate you in ways you never expected.

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