Published Apr 08, 2009Electronic music pioneer and inventor of the Moog synthesizer Dr. Robert "Bob" Moog may soon get quite the tribute - his very own museum. Dubbed the "Moogseum," the $3 million project is currently being planned in his hometown of Asheville, NC, and would showcase a treasure trove of archives, including the notebooks, papers, recordings and musical instruments of the late musical innovator.
According to a report from the Asheville Citizen-Times [via Blurt], the facility is now on the fast-track to go from dream to reality after receiving a $600,000 grant from the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, which hopes the museum could become a major tourist attraction.
Speaking to the newspaper, Moog's daughter Michelle Moog-Koussa said she envisions the 6,000-square-foot Moogseum as "an interactive sonic 'exploratorium' at the intersection of science and music," featuring Moog's papers laid out on LED screens, a 200-seat performance space and "instrument-based exhibits - a bay of theremins you can play and a wall of synthesizers."
And while the proposed project may take up to five years to complete, Moog-Koussa said the Moog Foundation, which is spearheading the project, is also planning a smaller 1,500-square-foot "beta" museum that could open as soon as this summer and also house some of the archives and interactive exhibits.
"We are committed to fulfilling [some of] our mission now, and not waiting," she said, adding that the foundation is in the "beginning phases of planning a capital campaign" for the full-fledged Moogseum.