August 22nd, 2005

Synthesiser pioneer Dr Robert Moog has died at his North Carolina home aged 71, four months after being diagnosed with brain cancer. Born in the New York district of Queens, his instruments were used by The Beatles and The Doors among others. Dr Moog built his first electronic instrument — a theramin — aged 14 and made the MiniMoog … in 1964.

4 Responses to “ROBERT MOOG, DEAD AT 71…”

  1. Tish G says:


    Thanks for posting this. I had no idea he was responsible for the theramin too!

    heck, I didn’t even know that “Moog” was actually someone’s last name. Without his invention, we wouldn’t have had that great Clockwork Orange soundtrack, that’s for sure.

    He was an original.


  2. Jeff Hess says:

    Shalom Tish,

    I’ve been trying to recall all day the name of the album (8-track tape, really) on which I first heard a Moog Synthesizer. It’ll come to me, I’m sure.



  3. Terry says:

    Was it Switched On Bach? That was the first one I heard.

  4. Jeff Hess says:

    Shalom Terry,

    Yes, that was it!

    I’ve found a newly mastered version of the original from 1968.

    I’ve ordered a copy from the library to listen to in Moog’s honor.

    Thank you.



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