[NAMM] Bob Moog Foundation exhibits rare synths
At the Winter NAMM show, the Bob Moog Foundation will feature historic modular synthesizers.
The Powell dual-manual controller was originally designed by Bob Moog to be used with Powell's monolithic Moog modular, which he used both for demonstrations and in live performance as a member of Todd Rundgren's Utopia. It features separate volume control for simultaneous patches, and is the only controller of its kind in the existence. Powell donated the controller to the Foundation in 2012.
The lesser-known Aries System 300 is a classic modular system that distinguished itself by the use of minijacks, an implementation more ubiquitous today with the rise of the eurorack modular. The series of modules featured in the Series 300 were designed by Denis Collins, former engineer for ARP synthesizers. Collins passed away in 2015. This is the first time that this unit has been on display outside its use at the university.
David VanKoevering will also be appearing in the Bob Moog Foundation booth throughout the weekend, signing copies of the Foundation's "Moog Is Now" 2016 archival calendar. The calendar charts VanKoevering's course as a musician and a lauded salesman for the Minimoog Model D when it was first released in 1970, and before it was understood as a musical instrument.
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