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Asheville was home to Bob Moog, an American pioneer of electronic music, best known for inventing the Moog (rhymes with vogue) synthesizer, one of the first widely used electronic musical instruments.

“Musicians always come up with stuff I couldn’t imagine, using my instruments. I can get a sense of whether something would be a good musical resource, but I don’t do music. I’m a toolmaker. It’s always amazing what someone like Herbie Hancock, Wendy Carlos, or Stevie Wonder can come up with. What they’ll do is, when you put something in front of them that’s new, they’ll turn a couple knobs, and listen, and immediately get a sense of where to go. The muse talks to them.” “Moog Mania,” May ’03

A physicist from New York, the award-winning Moog moved to Asheville in 1978, where he taught at the University of North Carolina's Asheville campus (UNCA). Students came from around the country and around the world to study with Moog. "The students were in awe," said Wayne Kirby, UNC Asheville Music Department Chair and Professor, who hired Moog in 1989. "It was like being taught by Thomas Edison."

“I got a copy of Midnight Cowboy the other day, and Walter Sear did a lot of that score with the Moog Modular. There’s a psychedelic scene where everybody’s stoned, and that’s where they used the Moog. You know, you really couldn’t get stoned back then without having some synthesizer music playing. You had to do things right.” Bob Moog, 2003

Moog died from an inoperable brain tumor in 2005. A few years later, Moog Music Inc took over and renovated an old warehouse building on the north side of town - the "only room in the world where you can play every Moog instrument In production."

From the side wall of an adjacent building, a likeness of Bob Moog, painted by local street artist, Dustin Spagnola, watches over Moog Music.

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  • Copyright: kristin fellows (KristinsCamera) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 216 W: 9 N: 451] (2373)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-08-14
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2013-08-15 4:42
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