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Analog Days: The Invention and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer

Analog Days: The Invention and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer

by Trevor Pinch, Frank TroccoTrevor Pinch
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Though ubiquitous today, available as a single microchip and found in any electronic device requiring sound, the synthesizer when it first appeared was truly revolutionary. Something radically new—an extraordinary rarity in musical culture—it was an instrument that used a genuinely new source of sound: electronics. How this came to be—how an engineering student at Cornell and an avant-garde musician working out of a storefront in California set this revolution in motion—is the story told for the first time in Analog Days, a book that explores the invention of the synthesizer and its impact on popular culture.

The authors take us back to the heady days of the 1960s and early 1970s, when the technology was analog, the synthesizer was an experimental instrument, and synthesizer concerts could and did turn into happenings. Interviews with the pioneers who determined what the synthesizer would be and how it would be used—from inventors Robert Moog and Don Buchla to musicians like Brian Eno, Pete Townshend, and Keith Emerson—recapture their visions of the future of electronic music and a new world of sound.

Tracing the development of the Moog synthesizer from its initial conception to its ascension to stardom in Switched-On Bach, from its contribution to the San Francisco psychedelic sound, to its wholesale adoption by the worlds of film and advertising, Analog Days conveys the excitement, uncertainties, and unexpected consequences of a new technology that would provide the soundtrack for a critical chapter of our cultural history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674016170
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 11/15/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 270,491
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Trevor Pinch is Professor and Chairperson of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University.

Frank Trocco is Assistant Professor of Adult Baccalaureate Studies, Lesley University.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Robert Moog


Introduction: Sculpting Sound

1. Subterranean Homesick Blues

2. Buchla's Box

3. Shaping the Synthesizer

4. The Funky Factory in Trumansburg

5. Haight-Asbury's Psychedelic Sound

6. An Odd Couple in the Summer of Love

7. Switched-On Bach

8. In Love with a Machine

9. Music of My Mind

10. Live!

11. Hard-Wired-the Minimoog

12. Inventing the Market

13. Close Encounters with the ARP

14. From Daleks to the Dark Side of the Moon

Conclusion: Performance






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[An] unusually intelligent and straightforward cultural history.
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Analog Days: The Invention and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
besenkopf More than 1 year ago
Do not buy the ebook of this. First of all, it costs MORE THAN THE PAPERBACK. Second of all, the illustrations are omitted, but the ebook helpfully tells the reader to "refer to the print edition." I'm glad I got the free preview!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
is covered with black momnas, to the point where you cant destinguish one from another.