|IN STUDIO - MOOG VS 808 - MACHINE MEN|
One is a rave icon who named himself after a beat box. The other is a synthesizer pioneer whose name is synonymous with electronic sounds. Upon the release of the film Moog, 808 State's Graham Massey speaks to Dr. Robert Moog about his machines that changed the face of music.
Graham Massey (808 State): I enjoyed the film a lot. Is this first film anyone has made about you?
808: When I first got involved in the dance music scene, the rave scene back in '88 through the early '90s, I thought the biggest impact of the rave scene was the social aspect to it. It was these huge gatherings of people with music as the focus. I was wondering if you ever got involved with the rave scene in America or got taken to those things?
Moog: I was familiar with it and I been to a few. It's not something that I spend a lot of time at.
808: Each Mini-Moog that I've tried is a little bit different; would you say that was the case?
Moog: I guess it is. Analog instruments tend to be slightly different one from the other.
808: Is it something that you can tune like a hot-rod kind of thing?
Moog: I suppose so. What usually happens is you get used to it and you know how to get the sounds out of it.
808: Do you think they change with age?
Moog: A little bit, they do.
808: What your views of the software versions of the Moogs that are now readily available?
Moog: We give permission to use our name, so we must feel it's of some benefit. It's inexpensive and it enables people to learn a great deal about analog systems. I think they are appropriate for experimenting with, however the experience of playing one, of actually making music in real time, is very different with the analog hardware. You feel the difference.
808: I've tried both, the real thing really does have a liveness. The feeling is hard to explain, but it has more of a presence than software. Do you have a favorite [Moog] artist?
Moog: No, I've worked with so many artists and every one one of them comes to me with something different. When anyone asks me if I have a favorite, I draw a blank.
URB: After 40 years of building and creating Moogs, being so intimate with them, do you get to a point where you don't want to here another Moog ever again?
Moog: No, no. Every musician comes out with some-thing different. Can you imagine the people at Steinway getting tired of listening to the piano?
More info on Moog at www.moogmovie.com. 808 State's collection of early live and demo recordings, Prebuild, is out now on Rephlex.