Ask any hip-hop producer about the Moog analogue synthesizer, and you’ll likely hear reverence, sometimes even a gasp. Not surprising since the instrument, the undisputed gold standard of synthesizers, has had a lasting influence on the hip-hop sound over the decades (think ’90s G-funk, a direct descendent of the Parliament sound). Now, Moog Music, the maker of the Minimoog Voyager analogue synthesizer, is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the instrument with a limited edition 24 karat gold plated synth. To mark this occasion, we got DJ Nu-Mark, member of the gold-selling hip-hop crew Jurassic 5, to talk about what the Moog has meant to him. …MORE
D.C. duo Protect-U is doing amazing terms on their own terms; originally debuting on the brilliant Future Times (which they co-founded), the group has taken their distinct deluge of sounds to the brilliant label of Planet Mu. Unquestionably original with an impending sense of new and old clashing together in their music, Protect-U is making a huge impression on listeners worldwide with their acerbic tastes and tenacious live shows. The duo has graced URB with an exclusive mix of amazingly weird and vivid tunes (including Japanese retrofuturistic classics), which matches their music perfectly. In addition to the mix, we interviewed them to chat about their origins, their journey to Planet Mu and what’s next to come. Check out the interview and mix after the jump.
In celebration of Bob Moog’s 78th birthday, today Google transformed their splash page into a playable synthesizer, complete with four track looping capabilities. Further carrying the electronic music innovator’s spirit into the 21st century, Moog’s recently released the Animoog: an iPad/iPhone instrument powered by their Anisotropic Synth Engine, which allows the player to expressively manipulate tones via an X/Y pad, resulting in the inspiring permutability that Moog’s known for without the mess of patch cables. And for a limited time it’s available at a deep discount from Moog.com.
“It is the center of your life. It is everything you hear.” A good description of the first few weeks of owning a Moog.
On March 15th the revered synthesizer makers are teaming up with Neon Indian‘s Static Tongues record imprint and analog geek haven/scene-center Switched On to present a SXSW showcase of sounds from different corners of the Texas electronic spectrum alongside emerging bi-coastal producers. When Moog says jump, you jump with patch cable in hand, so take a listen to each of the acts soundtracking the video flyer from Austin visualist Tommy Boy …MORE
Moog Sound Lab gives artists the opportunity to re-imagine one of their songs on all Moog instruments, creatively engineered and filmed at Moog Music’s factory in Asheville, North Carolina. With Moog being the original arbiter of analog sound, it was a natural progression for them to create Moog Sound Lab. MSL gives another way of looking at music by newer artists; a look at what is next.
Moog Music established their legacy industrywide as being the pioneer of analog sound. Beautifully combining Moog Music’s tight-knit company of innovators, with artists whose music is embellished by Moog’s product, Moog Sound Lab is positioned to break the next wave of groundbreaking new acts.