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Moog (2004)

Bob Moog shaped musical culture with some of the most inspiring electronic instruments ever created. This "compelling documentary portrait of a provocative, thoughtful and deeply ... See full summary »

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Hans Fjellestad

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Hans Fjellestad
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Credited cast:
Charlie Clouser ... Self
Herbert Deutsch Herbert Deutsch ... Self
Keith Emerson ... Self
Woody Jackson Woody Jackson ... Self
Edd Kalehoff Edd Kalehoff ... Self (archive footage)
Gershon Kingsley ... Self
Pamelia Kurstin Pamelia Kurstin ... Self
DJ Logic DJ Logic ... Self
Money Mark Money Mark ... Self
Mix Master Mike Mix Master Mike ... Self
Robert Moog Robert Moog ... Self
Jean-Jacques Perrey Jean-Jacques Perrey ... Self
Walter E. Sear Walter E. Sear ... Self
DJ Spooky ... Self
Luke Vibert Luke Vibert ... Self
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Bob Moog shaped musical culture with some of the most inspiring electronic instruments ever created. This "compelling documentary portrait of a provocative, thoughtful and deeply sympathetic figure" (New York Times) peeks into the inventor's mind and the worldwide phenomenon he fomented. Written by ZU33

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Repeats Itself and Misses Crucial Bits Out!
2 March 2005 | by paulsoulsbySee all my reviews

The film was reasonably well filmed and reasonably edited and it's great that there is now a film out there about a synth pioneer.

However my first thoughts on watching this film are: It repeats itself far too many times. It only needed to mention that Moog synths were first used for experimental music and adverts once. It only needed to show Bob Moog with his garden once! And there only needed to be one section on his philosophies on life and synthesisers.

There were massive sections of the Moog story missing. What about the first fall of Moog Music in the early 80s and the Moog Liberation (the first guitar synth - only problem was it was too heavy to hold!) He only touched on his feelings about digital synthesisers. What about the 80s and the DX7 and Moog synths falling massively out of favour. What about the comeback in the 90s - initially selling his analogue circuit designs to other companies, who produced synths like the MIDI Moog and the SE ATC1. What about his FX pedals?

Finally the soundtrack left much to be desired. All the live performances were badly recorded, the synths were far too loud compared to the backing. I know the synth was the instrument being demonstrated, but I found it uncomfortable to listen to. The content of the music was nearly all progressive rock musicians and various lesser known modern electro acts (bar stereo-lab and DJ spooky). He only mentioned Walter/Wendy Carlos in passing, he/she was the most important thing to happen to him and there was no interview or audio clip!! What about electropop, which was founded on the early affordable synths like the Moog Prodigy? These are just the first 2 genres that spring to mind that were missing - I could go on! So all in all - it's great that there is now a film about this fascinating guy. But...Hans Fjellestad should have got all the raw materials together before doing it. Get interviews with ALL the relevant people and use a soundtrack that is more diverse.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 2004 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,227, 26 September 2004

Gross USA:

$3,604

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,604
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