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Biography of Robert Moog

Robert Moog was born in 1934 in New York City. His academic degrees include a BS in Physics from Queens College (New York City), a BS in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University (New York City), and a PhD in Engineering Physics from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY).

In 1954, Moog founded the R. A. Moog Company as a part-time business to design and build electronic musical instruments, particularly theremins. The company became a full-time business in 1964, the year it introduced electronic music modules and synthesizers. Moog Music manufactured Moog Modular, Minimoog, and other Moog analog synthesizers. Moog served as president of Moog Music until the end of 1977.

The Moog family moved from New York State to western North Carolina in 1978. There he founded Big Briar, Inc. for the purpose of designing and building novel electronic music equipment, especially new types of performance control devices. From 1984 to 1989, Moog was Vice President of New Product Research for Kurzweil Music Systems. From 1989 to 1992, he was Research Professor in the Music Department of the University of North Carolina at Asheville. In 2001, Robert Moog reclaimed the ownership of the Moog Music trademark, and in 2002, Big Briar changed its corporate name to Moog Music Inc.

Moog’s awards include honorary doctorates; the Silver Medal of The Audio Engineering Society; the Trustee’s Award of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in 1970 and a Technical Grammy in 2002. He has written and spoken widely on topics related to music technology, and has contributed major articles to the Encyclopedia Britannica and Encyclopedia of Applied Physics.

At the present time, Robert Moog lives and works in Asheville, North Carolina, where he is Chief Technical Kahuna of Moog Music, Inc.

Biography of Craig Anderton

Craig Anderton is well-known as a performer, composer, inventor, arranger, producer, sound designer, author, editor, and lecturer. He was one of the first musicians to use synthesizers on stage, having built his first synth in 1968. Currently he is a regular contributor to EQ, Keyboard, Pro Sound News, and other journals.

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