Moog Fan Elated By News Of A Relaunch Of An Icon Synth
Amazing news for keyboard and synth fan, legendary synthesiser company Moog has said that it is in plans to start production on its iconic 5U large-scale modular synth units. The North Carolina-based company will be bringing back the System 55, System 35, and the Model 15, three units created in the early 70s and defined the early periods of electronic music.
While this is unquestionably fantastic news for audiophiles the world over, the bad news, and it shouldn’t come as a shock to you, is that the rigs are a far cry from affordable. The Model 15 is expected to retail for $10,000, with the System 35 and 55 going for an enormous $22,000 and $35,000 respectively. But hey, you can at least take solace from the fact that those sincere tones of yesteryear will be humming around in many a Moroder-esque jam in the years to come.
Moog put together a short video featuring interviews with several early pioneers of the company’s modular synth units and explains its decision to rethink the archaic models under the mantra of looking ‘back to the future’.
To commemorate the announcement, Moog shot a short film at their factory about the inspiring and multifaceted relationship artists have with modular synthesizers. The video features electronic music pioneers such as Suzanne Ciani, Malcolm Cecil, David Borden, Dick Hyman and Herb Deutsch alongside performances on the new Moog modular systems by Holy Ghost! (DFA Records), Gavin Russom (ECSTATIC/Entropy Trax), Max Ravitz AKA Patricia (L.I.E.S./Opal Tapes/ Spectral Sound), Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith (Western Vinyl), Jacques Greene (Vase/LuckyMe) and M. Geddes Gengras (Stones Throw/Leaving). Each artist played a patch on one or more of the new Moog modular synthesizers recorded in one take with no overdubs.
You can watch the video below.