In the history of musical instruments, I think it’s probably fair to say that the Moog Minimoog Model D synthesiser rightfully deserves a doff of the hat. And if you can’t find the mega-thousands of dollars for a 1970’s instrument, then good news: the Moog Minimoog Model D is back.
The Moog Model D turned the synthesiser from an unwieldy beast that allowed the audience to catch up on works of classic literature between songs while they were repatched, to a proper performance instrument, and one that also made synthesis much more accessible.
In 1960, these are the sort of tracks you’d find topping the Billboard 100:
By the time we got into 1970, we’d walked on the moon, and you’d find songs like these:
Changes were clearly afoot, and more were to come in that year of 1970, as the Model D Minimoog was released. Sure, by the later years of the sixties we had mellotrons and musicians like Delia Derbyshire were taking the concepts of music concrete forward using the advances of studio technology, but the Moog Model D synthesiser took the synthesiser – and electronic music – forward in a paradigm-shifting product that meant that the seventies didn’t just have its stadium guitar heroes, it had its synth heroes as well.
While you may have your own thoughts and preferences for East Coast or West Coast synthesis philosophies, it could be argued that the East Coast school – and the Minimoog Model D in particular – did a great deal for the public image of the synthesiser and electronic music – simply by giving it a keyboard.
Now, the stage was set for virtuoso displays of skill and people could see that the synthesiser was an instrument. It doesn’t just make sounds, you could play it. But enough potted history and spurious musico-socialogical speculation from me, you can read a superb discussion on the importance of the Moog Minimoog here.
The Reissue Moog Minimoog Model D
Possible calling the new Moog Model D a reissue is a bit unfair… Other than a couple of – very nice to have – extra features, it’s almost as if Moog simply restarted the production line and started making the Minimoog Model D again.
The even went to the trouble of commissioning a semi-conductor company to start making key transistors to the same spec of the originals!
The new Moog Model D is a beautiful synthesiser. Whether you want it because you’ve always wanted a Minimoog but couldn’t afford the vintage prices, as an accessible, great-sounding synth to add to your arsenal, or simply a top-notch analogue synthesiser that channels the legendary mojo and bridges two musical eras and inspires you to create, you can have one.
Now, we’re not going to say that it’s cheap – it’s £3249 – but just look at it:
Now, we can’t wait to get our hands on one and hear it directly with our own ears (what, as opposed to somebody else’s?). You know what I mean though, but it does seem to sound just as thick, fat and all those great adjectives.
Let’s just take a listen to a quick demo from Moogfest 2016:
Right, so, having chased up some ETAs, it looks like we should be receiving these at the start of September; if you want to be one of the first to take delivery, you can preorder here, or feel free to get in touch if you have any questions!
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