Moog, inventor of synthesizer, dies at 71
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Robert Moog, whose name became synonymous with electronic music in the 1960s and '70s through the invention of his self-named synthesizers, has died in Asheville, N.C. He was 71.
Moog, who died Sunday, was diagnosed in April with an inoperable brain tumor.
The Moog synthesizer -- a versatile keyboard instrument that could electronically mimic a panoply of musical sounds, including horns and strings -- was introduced in 1964. Originally employed as a sonic novelty, it became widely used by several rock, pop and classical musicians and opened the door for the mainstreaming of the synth in the electronica genre.
Moog said in a 1997 interview, "To me, the synthesizer was always a source of new sounds that musicians could use to expand the range of possibilities for making music."
Sad day for synth geeks like me.
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