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The Moog company pioneered the commercial manufacture of modular analogue synthesiser systems. Company founder Dr. Robert Arthur Moog had begun manufacturing and selling vacuum-tube theremins in kit form while he was a student in the early 1950s and marketed his first theremin kits in 1961.
The Moog synthesiser gained wider attention in the music industry after it was demonstrated at the Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967. The commercial breakthrough of a Moog recording was made by Wendy Carlos in the 1968 record Switched-On Bach, which became one of the highest-selling classical music recordings of its era.
The Minimoog was the first product to solidify the synthesiser's popular image as a "keyboard" instrument and the monophonic synthesiser sold approximately 13,180 units between 1970 and 1981 and was quickly taken up by leading rock and electronic music groups. Although the popularity of analogue synthesis faded in the 1980s with the advent of affordable digital synthesisers and sampling keyboards, the Minimoog remained a sought-after instrument for producers and recording artists, and it continued to be used extensively on electronic, techno, dance and disco recordings due to its distinctive tonal qualities, particularly that of its patented Moog "ladder" filter.
To this day, Moog continues to produce a variety Analogue synthesisers and is loved by musicians the world over. Moog equipment has been used on stage and recordings by Rick Wakeman, Radiohead, Kraftwerk, Devo, Michael Jackson, Funkadelic, Pink Floyd and The Beastie Boys (to name just a few).
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