Moog Review

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Documentary of the making of the 1960's proto-synthesiser the Moog.


In the mid '60s, proto-synthesiser the Moog sent a fizzing jolt through the musical landscape, its UFO pings and squelches responsible for birthing countless musical genres. Kudos, then, to its inventor Bob Moog, for stretching the possibilities of sound. Sadly, the same can't be said of director Hans Fjellestad's cinematic craft: his bio-doc is spaced-out and bone-dry.

Making a Moog, we learn, is like fuse-wiring a Stradivarius; Fjellestad's choices of electronica artists is less exacting. So, instead of Kraftwerk or Herbie Hancock we get bombastic prog-rocker Keith Emerson shagging a circuit board the size of a shed. When the film relaxes into early-craze archive footage it's good fun - mostly. Yet in spite of the affable Mr. Moog, the mood remains distant, too fetishistic to be passionate. Great noises, though.

Bob Moog streched the possibilities of sound but the same can't be said of this dry documentary.