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Moog

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3.7 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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ROBERT MOOG HAS BEEN INVENTING AND BUILDING ELECTRONIC MUSICAL instruments for nearly half a century. MOOG, the film, takes us inside the mind of this legendary figure as he shares his ideas about creativity, design, interactivity, and spirituality. To this day, Moog continues to shape musical culture with some of the most inspiring instruments ever created.

MOOG features interviews and performances by Stereolab, Keith Emerson, Walter Sear, Gershon Kinsgley, Jean-Jacques Perrey & Luke Vibert, Rick Wakeman, DJ Spooky, Herb Deutsch, Bernie Worrell, Pamelia Kurstin, Tino Corp., Charlie Clouser, Money Mark, Mix Master Mike and others.

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A man who genuinely revolutionized late-20th Century music gets his due with Moog, writer-director Hans Fjellestad's absorbing documentary about Robert Moog, inventor of the synthesizer that bears his name. In his seventies when this 2004 film was made, Moog began working with electronic music in the late 1940s, when he designed and built theremins (the source of the wavy sci-fi sound heard on the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations"). But it was the development of the Moog synthesizer, an analog instrument with electronic components, that put him on the map. Unsurprisingly, it was initially dismissed as a soulless novelty, a notion not helped by its use in silly commercial jingles; Moog himself was regarded as nothing less than a dangerous anarchist out to destroy music as we know it. That all changed when he added a keyboard to his machine and musicians of all stripes gradually began using it for more serious ends. Moog credits Walter (now Wendy) Carlos' Switched-On Bach as the first important milestone, and the list of major artists who have used it since then includes the Beatles (on Abbey Road), Stevie Wonder (a vital early proponent who for some reason goes completely unmentioned here), Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and Rick Wakeman of Yes. The latter two perform briefly in the film, as do many others (P-Funk's Bernie Worrell, Sun Ra, Charlie Clouser of Nine Inch Nails), but Moog is the star here. Indeed, it's hard not to believe this genial, self-effacing man when he talks of the "spiritual connection" between his invention and the people who play it. --Sam Graham

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Special features

  • Deleted Scenes, Interviews and Additional Performances from The Album Leaf, Tino
  • Corp. w/ Charlie Clouser and Money Mark w/ Woody Jackson
  • Director's Video Notes
  • The Complete Schaefer Beer Commercial
  • DVD-ROM FEATURE: Arturia Minimoog V Software Demo (PC, Mac)

Product details

  • Actors: Charlie Clouser, Herbert Deutsch, Keith Emerson, Woody Jackson, Edd Kalehoff
  • Directors: Hans Fjellestad
  • Producers: Hans Fjellestad, Adriana Trujillo, Gary Hustwit, Keith York, Ryan Page
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Plexifilm
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2005
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00095L94W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,586 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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