Monday, November 28, 2011


Y'know, unlike our friend Zomby here, some things just improve with age. Case in point: synthesizers.

A Moog synthesizer from 1964

Isn't that just gorgeous? That's the first commercially available Moog synthesizer from 1964. Besides looking cool, the relatively primitive Moogs of the 1960s and 1970s had a marvelously artificial, quasi-futuristic sound which has never quite been equaled by later, more sophisticated synthesizers. Paradoxically, the "better" synthesizers got, the worse they sounded.

As an demonstration of what an early Moog synthesizer could do, I'd like to present a few selections from the 1969 album Moog Plays the Beatles by Marty Gold (1915-2011), a New York composer/arranger whose music now falls under the affectionate heading of "space age pop."

"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"

"Get Back"

"Day Tripper"

"In My Life"

"Good Night"

Good night. Good night, everybody everywhere.

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