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The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer

The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer

Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer.

Telling the story of Bob Moog and the development of the groundbreaking electronic instruments bearing his name, Switched-On will provide museum-goers an interactive, engaging opportunity to learn about this important chapter of our region's history. Based on a series of wide-ranging oral history interviews done with family members, colleagues, and contemporaries, and done in partnership with the Asheville, N.C.-based Bob Moog Foundation, the exhibition provides unparalleled insight into the unique genius of Bob Moog and the ways in which he ushered in a revolution in music.

Upcoming events include:

Do-It-Yourself Synthesizer Workshop Learn to Build a Simple Music Synthesizer on Saturday, May 9 from 2-5 pm

Led by Trevor Pinch and Jordan Aceto, participants will build a simple analog synthesizer consisting of a variable frequency square wave oscillator and a miniature powered speaker, powered by a nine volt battery. The instrument will be built on solderless breadboard. No soldering, tools or prior experience is required. Take home what you build! Please arrive early as supplies and space are limited. First come, first served.

BOB MOOG BIRTHDAY BASH! on Saturday, May 16 from 11 am - 9 pm

A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Bob Moog - The Final "Switched-On" Event

A week before what would be Moog's 81st birthday, The History Center in Tompkins County (THC) and the Bob Moog Foundation (BMF) will honor the life and legacy of Dr. Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog synthesizer, through several performances, discussions and presentations by notable musicians and Moog experts.

Switched-On is the first major exhibition on Bob Moog and Moog Synthesizers to occur in the region, and will run through May 31, 2015.