Bob Moog Foundation aims to Inspire the 2013 NAMM Show

Here’s the press release from the Bob Moog Foundation:

Bob Moog Foundation to Inspire the 2013 NAMM Show through Legendary Instruments and Archival Exploration

January 21, 2013 (Asheville, NC) – The Bob Moog Foundation (BMF) will celebrate the indelible nature of the synthesizer pioneer’s legacy at the 2013 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. Beginning on Thursday, January 24, NAMM attendees will have opportunities to see and hear demonstrations of vintage Moog instruments and explore rarely seen archival material from the Bob Moog Foundation Archives.

Front and center at the Foundation’s booth at NAMM (#5307) will be rock musician Erik Norlander’s modular Moog synthesizer known as the Wall of Doom. Encompassing more than 100 modules (including 22 oscillators), many built between 1967 and 1972, the Wall of Doom is a touring configuration of the legendary synthesizer that gave birth to an industry. Norlander and the Foundation collaborated three years ago to reconfigure the massive instrument into a portable, rack-mounted version. Four of the instrument’s six racks will be on display at NAMM, a number limited by the BMF booth’s floor space.

Marc Doty, Archive and Education Specialist for the Bob Moog Foundation, will demonstrate the Wall of Doom at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. from Thursday through Sunday.

Also featured will be one of the few duophonic Minimoogs in the world. Recently donated to the BMF by Tom Coppola, the Minimoog was modified by Doug Slocum of Synthetic Sound Labs in the late 1970s. Of particular note is Coppola’s use of the synthesizer to create the signature three-note Duracell sound. Slocum will be present to demonstrate the instrument at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day.

On Saturday, January 26, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in room 203 A-B, the Bob Moog Foundation will present “Exploring Bob Moog’s Archives with Michael Boddicker” at NAMM’s H.O.T. Zone. BMF Executive Director Michelle Moog-Koussa and Marc Doty will join Michael Boddicker, legendary Grammy Award-winning film composer (Flashdance, 1984) and session synthesist (Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie). Boddicker is three-time N.A.R.A.S. Most Valuable Player “Synthesizer” award winner and an MVP Emeritus. He was winner of Keyboard magazine’s Reader’s Poll Award – Best Studio Synthesist in 1986 and 1987 and Best Session Player in 1988.

Together, the panel will explore rare archival material including photographs, project notes, vintage catalogs, audio from restored reel-to-reel tapes, vintage ads and articles, and more. Boddicker, who has over 700 album credits to his name, will lend a musician’s perspective, speaking from his vast experience with the wide variety of early Moog instruments used throughout his career, including some that are quite rare.

In addition, the Foundation is encouraging NAMM attendees to bring their photos of Bob Moog at NAMM to the BMF booth, where we’ll create a “Remembering Bob at NAMM” wall.

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