Here’s your sneak preview of Wednesday’s edition of the Mountain Xpress, including both a short video welcoming back the iron sculpture and a short photo slideshow focusing on music innovator Bob Moog, the focus of this week’s cover story.
Bob Moog’s impact on the musical world is well known and well documented. From his championing of the theremin to the Moogerfooger to the Asheville-based Moog Music factory, Moog’s name is attached to most anything that electronically alters sound. And all that action happened in the time of records, tapes and mass media. There shouldn’t be much we don’t already know about Moog. But it turns out, there is.
There’s a move on by the Bob Moog Memorial Foundation for Electronic Music to take drawings, correspondence, reel-to-reel tapes and prototypes of instruments and create archive. The foundation is working to secure the funding needed to establish a permanent “Moogseum” in Asheville. The effort recently got a good bump in the form of a $600,000 grant from the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority.
Photos used in the slideshow are by Jonathan Welch. Historic photos are courtesy of the Moog Foundation. The music snippet is “Willow” by Chris Tanfield, a track that appears on the Mooged Out Asheville CD offered by the foundation.
— Jason Sandford, multimedia editor