Robert Moog's First Prototype Synthesizer, 1964-1965

Summary

This experimental instrument is a musical icon -- it's Robert Moog's first prototype synthesizer. Synthesizers allow musicians to create unique electronically-produced sounds. Moog's solid-state synthesizer was musically superior and much more portable than earlier vacuum tube-based systems. In 1968, Walter Carlos's album "Switched-On Bach" -- performed on a Moog -- caught the public's imagination. Synthesizers have been a mainstay of pop music since the late 1960s.

This experimental instrument is a musical icon -- it's Robert Moog's first prototype synthesizer. Synthesizers allow musicians to create unique electronically-produced sounds. Moog's solid-state synthesizer was musically superior and much more portable than earlier vacuum tube-based systems. In 1968, Walter Carlos's album "Switched-On Bach" -- performed on a Moog -- caught the public's imagination. Synthesizers have been a mainstay of pop music since the late 1960s.

Artifact

Synthesizer

Date Made

1964-1965

Creators

R. A. Moog Company 

Place of Creation

United States 

Henry Ford Museum
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Maker Faire

Object ID

82.68.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Metal
Wood (Plant Material)

Color

Black (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 8.268 in

Width: 36.614 in

Length: 19.291 in

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