To have a good time what would have been the nice Bob Moog’s birthday, Moog Music has created a particular on-line ‘digital expertise’ that celebrates arguably his biggest invention, the Minimoog Mannequin D.
The spotlight right here would possibly properly be the free digital Minimoog. This options greater than 45 traditional artist presets and might be each performed and recorded throughout three tracks (although not edited, sadly). There are some good ‘sleeve notes’ that let you know a lot concerning the songs/artists and the sounds being recreated – names comparable to Wings, ELO, Bee Gees, Phil Collins, Moby, Air, Portishead and Radiohead all crop up.
Elsewhere on this ‘Minimoog Manufacturing facility’ there’s a web-based jukebox that accommodates 45 of essentially the most influential ‘Minimoog songs’, although you’ll want a Spotify account to entry that.
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The colorful digital expertise attracts inspiration from ‘90s video video games and web sites, and is a collaboration with design studio Pentagram. Different highlights embody an archive room that allows you to discover the Minimoog’s historical past, a theatre that gives entry to a treasure trove of traditional Moog-infused performances, and a ‘build-a-synth’ part that gives a PDF that you could print out, minimize up and fold to create your individual paper Minimoog.
There’s even an Instagram filter that makes use of your facial expressions and physique actions to set off the Minimoog’s controls – what is going to they consider subsequent, and many others – and, after all, a present store filled with Moog merch.
In addition to marking Bob Moog’s birthday, the expertise is a part of the Moog firm’s seventieth birthday celebrations, which kicked off in earnest final 12 months when the Mannequin D was reissued. Moog Music can be collaborating with the Bob Moog Basis on a raffle that might see you profitable a reissued Minimoog with serial #1 (tickets value $20 every or much less in the event you purchase them in a bundle).
Begin exploring on the particular Minimoog Mannequin D microsite.