We Will Miss You, Bob Moog

Bob Moog EurekaBob Moog, known as the “father of the synthesizer,” passed away at the age of 71 at his home in Asheville, N.C. yesterday evening. Moog was diagnosed with brain cancer this April and was undergoing radiation treatment and chemotherapy. News spread in late July about his battle with cancer.

You would be hard pressed to find an electronic musician who didn’t admire Bob Moog or respect everything he did not only for the electronic music community, but, music in general. Moog synthesizers have been used by very big artists including, but not limited to: The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Beach Boys, Depeche Mode, Trent Reznor, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Phil Collins, Frank Zappa etc.

Moog’s synthesizers are the synths with THE sound. From the legendary theremin (originally created by Leon Theremin) to the beautiful Voyager, Bob Moog and his coworkers have been responsible for some of the most desired electronic instruments ever. Getting to rock out on a Moog Modular with patch cords flailing everywhere mad scientist style is a great experience! Sound samples of the Moog Modular can be found on the samples page, more added below.

Bob’s family has established The Bob Moog Foundation dedicated to the Advancement of Electronic Music in his memory. Many of his longtime collaborators including musicians, engineers and educators have agreed to sit on its executive board including David Borden, Wendy Carlos, Joel Chadabpe, John Eaton, David Mash, and Rick Wakeman. For more information about the foundation, contact Matthew Moog at mattmoog@yahoo.com.


Bob is survived by his wife and 5 children. Thank you for enriching our lives with warm analog sounds, Bob. I’ll be listening to “Switched on Bach” tonight in your memory. Here are all of the sound samples that we offer from the Moog including those from the forums:

Moog Vibes
8 Samples of strange vibrations from the Moog Modular.
Moog Bass
Deep bass drops from the Moog Modular.
Moog Robotics
Glitchy, robot yelps from the Moog Modular.
Moog Modular
More fun with the Moog Modular.
Emu vs. Moog
11 cord patches between the Moog and Emu Modular.