New Moog documentary series to explore early electronic music


Moog has launched a new documentary series called GIANTS, which will use original music, imagery and more to explore the effect and legacy of some of electronic music’s most influential personalities.

“The artists in this series have left an indelible impact on electronic music history and culture, and their contributions have pushed the artform and industry forward,” Moog Music said. “They are the ‘giants’ whose shoulders we stand on—the pioneers who propelled synthesisers and analog instruments into the mainstream many years ago.”

Moog Music has launched a new video documentary & interview series called GIANTS that looks at the impact of trailblazing artists and industry figures. The first, which is out today, is with Herb Deutsch, the co-inventor of the Moog synthesizer, which makes sense for Moog to do something on him. The series, filmed and produced by Moog Music, is about honouring and preserving the legacy of these artists and sharing their untold stories with the world.  Join trailblazers like Moog Synthesizer co-inventor Herb Deutsch, early modular synthesizer adopter Bernie Krause, modular synthesis legend Suzanne Ciani, and Mute Records founder Daniel Miller as they describe their passions, inspirations, origin stories, and never-before-heard revelations.

As mentioned the first episode of the series will feature Herb Deutsch, the composer and co-inventor of the original Moog synthesiser, as well as the person who proposed it include a chromatic keyboard.

The Bob Moog collaborator reminisces about his first encounters with electronic music, the context and process for his 1963 piece A Christmas Carol in the aftermath of the Birmingham church bombing in Alabama, the Moog Synthesizer Concert-Demonstration at the Museum of Modern Art, and much more in this episode.

Through spoken interviews, original music, and visuals, these artists share their perspectives around how electronic music has evolved and provide context for their place in that story. The first instalment of GIANTS focuses on Herbert Deutsch, co-inventor of the Moog modular synthesizer. The composer, music educator, and friend and collaborator of Bob Moog journeys back in time to talk about some of music history’s most prolific moments and expand on “the perfect definition” of what music is and can be: sound organized in time.