Time Out saysRobert Moog – pioneer of the Theremin and manufacturer of the first commercially available synthesizer – makes a suitably eccentric host for this intriguing but inevitably confused overview of synth history. We learn lots of things: that ‘Moog’ rhymes with ‘vogue’; that early Moogs cost as much as a good house and a car; that Rick Wakeman bought his first Moog off an actor who thought it was broken because he could only play one note at once; that they made Moogs out of wood so that they wouldn’t seem so ‘suspect and harmful’; that Bob Moog is a complete space cadet. Fjellestad has unearthed some fine early footage (a lecture from Gershon Kingsley, a hilarious beer commercial from Eddie Kalehoff) and adequately explores two eras of Moog history – prog rock (Rick Wakeman and Keith Emerson) and the new electronica rebirth (Stereolab, Tortoise, Luke Vibert, DJ Spooky, Mix Master Mike, etc). But there are too many baffling ommissions – Walter Carlos, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Tonto’s Expanding Headband, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, rave culture… Somebody will hopefully explore this in greater length at another time.
Fri Feb 18, 2005
Cast and crew
Pamelia Kurstin, DJ Logic, Money Mark, Mix Master Mike, Robert Moog, Jean-Jacques Perrey, Walter E. Sear, DJ Spooky, Luke Vibert, Gershon Kingsley, Keith Emerson, Bernie Worrell, Stereolab, Tino Corp, Charlie Clouser, Herbert Deutsch, Rick Wakeman