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Trevor Pinch, professor of sociology and of science and technology studies, gives a brief history of the Moog synthesizer and how it changed the course of popular music.
The synthesizer Robert Moog invented sparked a revolution in electronic music in the 1960s. He set up shop in a Trumansburg, N.Y., storefront from 1963 to 1971, and The Beatles, Mick Jagger and Sun Ra were among the first customers for the then-$11,000 instrument. Moog went on to design dozens of instruments, including the Minimoog.
Moog, who received his Ph.D. from Cornell in engineering physics in 1965, died in 2005 at age 71. His notes, plans, drawings and recordings have found a home at Cornell University Library thanks to a donation from his widow, Ileana Grams-Moog. The Moog archive will be housed in the library's Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.