Synthesizer pioneer Dr. Robert Moog sadly passed away yesterday at his home in North Carolina. Four months ago Moog was diagnosed with brain cancer. After receiving radiation and chemotherapy treatment, the disease took his life at the age of 71.
A message posted on his official website reads: “Bob was warm and outgoing. He enjoyed meeting people from all over the world. He especially appreciated what Ileana (his wife) referred to as ‘the magical connection’ between music-makers and their instruments.”
The Moog synthesizer changed the face of music, giving artists a new palette of sounds to choose from. His impact can be heard in the music of groups ranging from the Beatles to Weezer.
In his memory, Moog’s family has established The Bob Moog Foundation, which is dedicated to the advancement of electronic music. For more on the life of Dr. Moog, head over to www.moogmusic.com.