Closer look at the R.A. Moog 701 Drum Synthesizer

June 25, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized 

In 1970 Bob Moog built for Eric Siday an electronic drum synthesizer with the following modules:
– 701Drum Synthesizer
– 702 Percussion Synthesizer
– 903 Noise
– 912 Enveloppe Follower
– Programmer
– Wheels encoder
– Keyboard controller

The 701 and 702 modules are prototypes never and went in production.
It seems that there are some missing modules from the original configuration.
This unique system is owned now by the ” Museum of music”
located in Paris France.

About Eric Siday
Eric siday was born in the suburb of London in 1905.
When he was 14 he received the Prosper Sainton scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, London.
His first steady bread was playing for the “local cinema” silent movies.
He was composer and arranger and realized musics for commercials and jingles for radios ( ABC / CBS / Pepsi cola / American express )
In 1947 he composed a violin concerto in the “Bop” Jazz idiom.
He created his own recording studio (surely one of the first home studio).
In the middle 50’s, he was aware of electronic music – John Cage (the prepared piano) and the French Music Concrete .
He was the fisrt to apply electronics sounds in commercials .
He used : Ondes Martenot / Ondioline / Violon amplified / Céleste / Moog Modular
and this unique Moog Percussion synthesizer.
He was the second customer of Bob Moog and bring a great support to the Moog company.

Background video description:

Here is my first video of the “R.A. Moog 701 Drum Synthesizer”. I managed to get some sounds out of it – even though it was meant to *work* with the full “one-off” system as built by Bob in 1970. I think in the system it might behave a little more “drum-like”…!?! Ha!

 

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