Canadian Filmmakers Explore Bob Moog in 'Electronic Voyager' Doc
Published Apr 26, 2016Canadian filmmakers Robert Fantinatto and Jason Amm were responsible for 2014's I Dream of Wires, a documentary charting the history and resurgence of the modular synth. Now, they're pairing up once again to turn the camera on the man behind the modular synth — Bob Moog.
Fantinatto and Amm are working with Moog's daughter Michelle Moog-Koussa and the Bob Moog Foundation to create a new film exploring the life of the musical innovator and the "psychedelic world of the 1960s music scene." Titled Electronic Voyager: Retracing Bob Moog's Sonic Journey, the doc will follow Moog's life from his birth in New York to establishing Moog Inc. in Asheville, NC.
Throughout the film, Moog-Koussa will visit the places and people "who were a part of Moog's history." The filmmakers have also been given exclusive access to family photographs and historical artifacts.
Fantinatto and Amm have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the film. In a message on the crowdfunding page, they note that the film's production was spurred on by the death of Emerson, Lake & Palmer's Keith Emerson. It reads: "The recent, tragic passing of Bob Moog's close friend and important collaborator, Keith Emerson — perhaps the most iconic Moog keyboardist — was just another reminder of how important it is to document Bob Moog's crucial chapter in the history of electronic music, NOW."
Moog, widely considered a pioneer of early electronic music, began developing modular analog synthesizers in the 1960s and went on to invent and market a wide range of electronic instruments. He passed away in 2005, though Moog Music continues to release new makes and even recently brought back some classics. He was previously the subject of a 2004 documentary titled Moog, and was even honoured with his own Google doodle to mark what would have been his 78th birthday in 2012.
Check out a video trailer for the upcoming Electronic Voyager project below.