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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.
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 GrahamSee all Editorial Reviews
- 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)
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- Dave Carlin
The documentary was filmed on Super 18 film to give it that "analog" look so when when recent footage is combined with vintage footage, it gives it a connection. The documentary is about 70 minutes long and the special features are about 47 minutes long. You get to see some deleted scenes and some fantastic Moogfest performances.
Overall, the documentary is really good. If you are into electronic music and synthesizers, you will find it a very interesting film. So, I highly recommend this documentary.
While I enjoyed watching Dr. Moog in his garden talking about plants, I found myself wanting much more information, much more coverage of the other important people, competitors, academic activity during the time, and so many angles which seemed to be left out. It was still enjoyable, but lacking in breadth and depth.
I would recommend this DVD to anyone who knows, even vaguely, who Bob Moog was, and anyone interested in music synthesis or such history. But I agree with many of the other reviewers that this movie felt incomplete or not comprehensive.
I liked the "mood" and "feel" that the director produced here, as if he was trying to make a film that had the personality of Bob Moog, but anyone with some knowledge of this field, will get to the end and say, "Is there a side two or something?".
That's what I found myself doing... Looking for more information, extra scenes, etc, but there was less here than I would have liked.
I recommend it, just don't expect it to be comprehensive or deep.
Ich hatte in den frühen 90ern das Vergnügen Robert A. Moog persönlich kennenzulernen. Der Film ist für mich eine wunderbare Erinnerung an einen ganz tollen Menschen.
This is one of the best documentaries i own and its a brilliant peice of both art and science in one!!!
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