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Customized Moog Modular Synthesizer with keyboard, ribbon controllers, and stand

R. A. Moog Co.
Keith Emerson

Not on view

Inspired by the 1968 Wendy Carlos album Switched-On Bach, Keith Emerson of the new band Emerson, Lake and Palmer sought out one of the synthesizers that Robert Moog built for a 1969 Museum of Modern Art concert. The band’s 1970 hit single “Lucky Man,” with an expressive Moog solo by Emerson, helped establish the synthesizer as a lead instrument in popular music. Emerson collaborated with Moog to expand the synthesizer and optimize it for live performance, adding additional components and preset modules that recall sounds.

Technical Description:

Two main console modules, four expansion cabinets with presets; keyboard and ribbon controllers, patch cables; additional preset switching box, "Em-o-vision" monitor

Customized Moog Modular Synthesizer with keyboard, ribbon controllers, and stand, R. A. Moog Co. (Trumansburg, New York, USA, founded 1953), Wood, metal, plastic

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