Moog prototype played at Town Hall
Only the year before, engineer Bob Moog (rhymes with vogue), with the help of inventor and colleague Deutsch, puts together most features essential to modern synths.
What does Moog do that is truly new? Most of the needed knowledge about sound was around before Thaddeus Cahill created the 200-ton Telharmonium (to make commerical music) at the turn of the century. Most of the circuit principles, even the (vacuum tube and mechanical) Hammond Novachord synth had been around for decades.
Moog takes advantage of the new transistor, the work he’d done for electronic instrument inventor Raymond Scott, and his studies with Peter Mauzey. He builds and patents a genius filter (*), and great-sounding compact, modularized components – with a minimum of limiting oddities. He puts them together in an elegant, modular, frame. It is small, great-sounding, customizable, enough like an instrument, and affordable, to move out of the labs and colleges, into studios and onto stages.
It doesn’t hurt that pop music is just entering a peak of growth and experimentation.
In 1968 musician Wendy Carlos uses a Moog to create the hit album Switched-On Bach, the first ‘classical’ album to spend weeks in the top 40. Brandenberg #6 Allegro
Soon there’s a rush of hundreds of Moog-based albums in many genres.