Dr. Robert Moog, electronic music pioneer and founder of Moog Music, passed away on August 22. He was 71. Moog had been diagnosed with brain cancer in April. He began building Theremins as a teenager, and, in 1954, started the R.A. Moog company. In 1963, he created the Moog Modular synthesizer, with the more compact Minimoog following in 1971—thus developing the “Moog sound.” The company, then called Moog Music, changed ownership a couple of times before Moog finally took the name back in 2002. The Asheville, North Carolina-based company still designs and builds analog synthesizers, pedal effects, and Theremins, and Moog had still been active in the company up until his diagnosis. Said company president Michael Adams: “In losing him, we lose a creator, visionary, and friend. He will truly be missed by all of us, but we take comfort in the fact that his musical innovations will continue to live on in the music he inspired and the products we will continue to make.”
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