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Analog days : the invention and impact of the Moog synthesizer

Author: T J Pinch; Frank Trocco
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Tracing the development of the Moog synthesizer from its initial conception to its ascension to stardom in 'Switched-on Bach', this text conveys the consequences of a technology that would provide the soundtrack for a chapter in cultural history.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Pinch, T.J. (Trevor J.).
Analog days.
Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, 2002
(DLC) 2002027257
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: T J Pinch; Frank Trocco
ISBN: 0674016173 9780674016170 9780674008892 0674008898 0674042166 9780674042162
OCLC Number: 961634235
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 368 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Foreword by Robert Moog Preface 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 Discography Sources Notes Glossary Index
Responsibility: Trevor Pinch and Frank Trocco.
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Abstract:

Tracing the development of the Moog synthesizer from its initial conception to its ascension to stardom in 'Switched-on Bach', this text conveys the consequences of a technology that would provide the soundtrack for a chapter in cultural history.

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.

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