Today is Robert Moog’s birthday (May 23, 1934 – August 21, 2005); he was an electronic music pioneer and inventor of the Moog synthesizer. My first keyboard was a Realistic Concertmate MG-1, built my Moog Music but sold by Radio Shack under their Realistic brand name in the early 1980s. Mine cost around $260 and I still have it, though it’s in pretty sad shape these days because the interior insulation was made from polyurethane foam which has turned into a brackish green goo over the years. I have done quite a bit of recording with it, as recently as my 2010 album Swing ‘n Swive on the track I Look For the Partner. My other synths, while more sophisticated, just can’t make the same fat buzzing synth sound as my MG-1!

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