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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cjmm (4479) 2013-08-15 6:00
I think that showing only a part of Moog's figure was a good choice. (I would only consider cropping a little of the left part of the image, in order to take Bob off the center, but I already like it a lot as it is).
I enjoyed the note a lot.
I did play some music in the past (and music and audio are still other of my hobbies), and the first time I heard a Moog instrument (it was the Mini, played by Keith Emerson in one of the first EL&P albums), it was like entering a new dimension.
I did not know Bob Moog's relation with Ashville, and for sure visiting the room where you can play the instruments must be really something.
Great post Kristin!
psamaddar (1089) 2013-08-15 8:20
Hi Kristin..interesting capture..good composition..good details and view..good natural color.
holmertz (42835) 2013-08-15 9:06
Maybe it's impossible to get a picture of the whole face from inside what looks like a narrow lane, but nevertheless it looks like a smart decision to take the shot from this point. I like the effect of the partly seen face looking straight at me with only one eye, like the man is hiding in the alley. This Big Brother effect could not have been intended by those who put the portrait of the talented Mr Moog there, but that's the impression I get. It doesn't matter, does it? Each one to his own interpretation.
EstudioChispa (2070) 2013-08-15 9:22
Wow... thanks for letting us know about the connection between Dr. Moog and Asheville!
What I like BEST about this shot is the interplay between the REAL power lines strung between the poles on the sidewalk and the blue and yellow cables painted in the mural. The power lines give the mural a great 3-D quality!
I agree with all the others, too -- good choice to show only part of Moog's face!
jcpix (13718) 2013-08-15 15:27
Well, well, well....would you look at this, we must have been sharing a brain today! :) What are the odds? What a neat shot, and I think a very wise composition to make the scope and scale really stand out amongst the crowd. Peek-a-boo! Splendidly taken on this angle, the demi visage (there's some French for ya' :)) is cut perfectly to appear like something from a commercial print ad. I don't say that to be generic, it's a very enticing visual.
The colorful display simply pops against the darker, more rustic tones. There's only one thing missing, (besides feet of course!? lol), where are the people? :) Great notes to accompany this fine photo. The stacked effect of this perspective is also another agreeable element to help display the grandeur of this mural. Nicely done indeed!
limielski (0) 2013-08-16 3:53
It's a very creative composition. You have noticed an interesting place to take a photo. I agree with cjmm and others that showing only a part of Moog's figure is a an excellent idea. It makes that your picture is more interesting.
Excellent colours and sharpness.
Have a nice day!
worldcitizen (7209) 2013-08-16 11:09
I like the way Moog is peaking out from in between the other buildings. The rest of the block looks quiet, and nothing really stands out. Then you have Moog there to shake things up! Thanks, by the way, for including the correct pronunciation of his name. I would have said it incorrectly in my mind without your "rhymes with vogue" reference. :-)
Oumar (26) 2013-08-17 18:02
Very creative shot! Well framed as well. I don't know if the painting was initially made to create the illusion, but the way you took the photo makes it very relevant.
adidas5nb (5507) 2013-12-03 18:02
really nicely seen and thought out.love the peeping wall work here.really nicely done with a perfect pov and frame.