press release
Published: 31 January 2018

University of Surrey holding unique event celebrating the life of Dr Robert Moog

By Natasha Meredith

The University of Surrey’s Department of Music and Media and Institute of Sound Recording are inviting members of the public to a day of performances and discussions celebrating the life and legacy of Dr Robert Moog, the inventor of the electric sound synthesiser.

A synthesiser music keyboard

The electric sound synthesiser developed by Moog helped revolutionise music in the 1960s, and was used by bands such as the Beatles and the Doors to create iconic songs. The synthesiser can still be heard today with artists such as The Cure and FatBoy Slim replicating his sound.

This unique event, organised in collaboration with the Moog Soundlab UK and Moog Music Inc. (USA), will feature live performances by a number of acclaimed performers.

Joining us on the day will be Chris Watson, one of the world's leading recorders of wildlife and natural sounds. Also on stage will be Chris Carter, founder member of Throbbing Gristle and one of the world’s leading authorities on electronic music, who will give only his second live performance using his own new modular system. Leading composer and historian Thom Holmes will also be in attendance and will deliver the symposium’s keynote lecture “The Sound of Moog”.

Professor Tony Myatt, Head of Music at the University of Surrey, said: “It’s been an enormous privilege for staff and students at Surrey to work with the Moog Soundlab UK in collaboration with some extraordinary European sound artists. The influence of Bob Moog’s work has reached almost every corner of the musical world.

“The range and diversity of the new works created during the residency shows the lasting legacy and continued relevance of Bob Moog’s instruments.”

This event will take place on Saturday 3 February at 11:30am at PATS Studio One at the University of Surrey.

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