London's Barbican Hosting Event Series Celebrating the Moog Synthesizer
Asheville’s Moog has crossed the pond to host a series of events celebrating it Series 55 Synth.
Three days of innovative synth music at the Barbican
A three-day series at the Barbican marking ten years since the death of Dr Robert Moog, inventor of the classic modular synthesizer that kickstarted electronic music in the ’60s. It all starts on Wednesday night with sets by Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory and his Moog Ensemble, performing everything from Bach to Burt Bacharach, and contemporary composer Charlemagne Palestine premiering a new piece.
Thursday’s headliners are cult New York synth-punk duo Suicide with a show called ‘A Punk Mass’, featuring new material and fan favourites. Finally, on Friday, there’s a performance by one of the Moog’s most famous exponents: prog keyboard wizard Keith Emerson, teaming up with the BBC Concert Orchestra to perform his typically bombastic ‘Three Fates Project’.
One of electronic music’s biggest innovators wasn’t a musician, but an eccentric physicist with a love of taking things apart and putting things back together.
50 years since Dr Robert ‘Bob’ Moog first introduced the world to a new type of instrument – the Moog modular synthesiser, join us in celebrating his life and legacy with three concerts that make use of every squelch, blip and hum in the Moog’s vast arsenal of sounds.
First released in 1973, the Moog 55 played a pivotal role in some of the greatest albums of that decade – and many since. Without the assistance of the hefty piece of wooden hardware, there’s every chance that we’d think about classic works from Stevie Wonder, Giorgio Moroder and completely differently. Recently reproduced in a run of 55 copies available at an eye-watering $35K, the Moog 55 will be celebrated as the focal point in a special run of three shows at London’s Barbican beginning July 8.
Starting 8th July, the Moog Concordance will begin with a performance from Will Gregory of Goldfrapp, Portishead’s Adrian Utley and a variety of musicians under the umbrella of the Moog Ensemble. Gregory et al will navigate through a wide array of material both new and old, as well as a selection of rejigged pieces from the soundtrack to Stanley Kubrick’s classic ‘A Clockwork Orange’. Minimalist composer Charlemagne Palestine will also perform his first electronic piece in more than forty years – created specially using Moog’s Soundlab.
The following day bring synth pioneers Suicide to the Barbican for a showcase of their body of work entitled, ‘A Punk Mass’. One of the first acts to fully incorporate electronic elements into their sound, Suicide continue to influence acts across the musical spectrum – with some of their many famous fans likely to appear at the Barbican 9th July.
The concluding day of the Moog Concordance will bring Keith Emerson of famed Prog trio Emerson, Lake and Palmer to perform his ‘Three Fates’ alongside the Terje Mikkelsen conductedBBC Concert Orchestra. Promising to be, “an orchestral fusion of symphonic music and prog”, from a man so beloved by Moog that he has his own modular system named after him ( the Emerson Moog Modular System).
The Moog Concordance will run from 8th – 10th July at Barbican Centre. Buy tickets for all three shows here.