Log InCreate An Account
  1. KVR Audio
  2. »
  3. Articles
  4. »
  5. Industry Focus

Bob Moog Foundation explores Evolution of Modular Synthesis with Innovators Chris Meyer and Dave Rossum


The Bob Moog Foundation has announced Evolution of Modular Synthesis, an upcoming event featuring modular synthesis educator and musician Chris Meyer and synthesizer pioneer Dave Rossum. Here's what they are saying:

The event will take place on Wednesday, October 4, 2023 at 7pm EDT at the Moogseum in downtown Asheville, NC. Tickets for the Asheville event are $20 and can be purchased here: A livestream will also be offered. Access to the livestream will be pay what you can, starting at $10.Tickets to the livestream can be purchased here.

The event will feature Michelle Moog-Koussa, Executive Director of the Bob Moog Foundation, interviewing Meyer and Rossum about the fascinating evolution and recent resurgence of modular synthesis from 1960s to present, followed by a concert with Meyer using his contemporary modular setup. The event will conclude with a question and answer session with the audience.

Bob Moog was an innovator in the field of modular synthesis and beyond. The Bob Moog Foundation celebrates synthesis in all of its forms, and through this event celebrates the renaissance of modular synthesis. The organization's interactive Moogseum, located in Asheville, NC, recently added Patching Sound, an exhibit that teaches visitors of all ages how to create sound with a modular synthesizer.

"The Bob Moog Foundation is thrilled to provide this unique opportunity for people from all over the world to delve into the foundational aspects of modular synthesis, trace its use over many decades, and to explore the music that results from it. We are honored to be examining this subject with two renowned figures from synthesizer industry. The pairing of Chris Meyer and Dave Rossum will provide for unique insights and reflections into this fascinating realm of sonic expression.

Michelle Moog-Koussa, Executive Director of the Bob Moog Foundation

Chris Mayer

Chris Meyer has led three lives in the music industry: creating electronic music instruments and tools for companies like Sequential, Digidesign, and Roland (including inventing Vector Synthesis); teaching electronic music synthesis through numerous magazine articles, online courses, and his website LearningModular.com; and now performing his own unique vision of emotional, impressionistic electronic music under the name Alias Zone. He is also the co-author of the acclaimed, Patch & Tweak with Kim Bjørn.

Each of Chris' compositions is based on a story that informs its creation. He starts with a sonic image that captures his imagination: a complex sound, an alluring rhythm, or a field recording that documents a specific time and place. The story they hint at then becomes the touchstone that determines each layer Chris adds to the piece, be they richly textured ambient environments, unique sounds he programs on his modular synthesizers, exotic percussion, and more. His goal is to convey emotions of mystery, longing, and joy, creating a deeply human experience. In contrast to many electronic music composers who focus primarily on studio work, virtually all Alias Zone tracks are conceived as live performances, and are then later edited into album form.

Dave Rossum

50 years ago, Dave Rossum dropped out of graduate school to found E-mu Systems. In his role as E-mu's Chief Wizard, he invented numerous modular synthesis technologies including ultra-stable oscillators, modular sequencers, polyphonic keyboards and analog synthesizer chips, before pioneering Digital Sampling Synthesis with the Emulator, and later the Drumulator, the SP-1200, and the Proteus. Dave also assisted other companies in their groundbreaking products, such as the Oberheim 4-voice and the Sequential Prophet 5.

In 1994, E-mu was acquired by Creative Labs, and Dave became their Chief Scientist. During the Creative years, E-mu produced the E-64, ESI, Emulator IV, and other well-known samplers. Dave left Creative in 2011 for a 5-year stint as the architect of DSP ICs for cell phone audio. Then in 2016, Dave founded Rossum Electro-Music, signed on as a Technical Fellow at Universal Audio, and began designing analog ICs for Sound Semiconductor. When he's not inventing new synthesis technologies, you'll find Dave running marathons, SCUBA diving, or backpacking in the High Sierra with his standard poodle, Lily.

Discussion

Discussion

Discussion: Active

Please log in to join the discussion

News & Deals Related To This Item

Bob Moog Foundation announces "Bob's Birthday Raffle" for Minimoog Model D Reissue Signed by Jordan Rudess
23 May 2024
Enter Vintage Moog Source Contest and get Syntronik Sorcerer for free
23 Feb 2024
Bob Moog Foundation to feature Patrick Moraz at NAMM in January
09 Jan 2024
Bob Moog Foundation Archives receives Historic Donation of Herb Deutsch Collection
05 Dec 2023
One week left to enter the Bob Moog Foundation's Raffle for fully restored vintage Memorymoog Plus
31 Oct 2023
Bob Moog Foundation raffles Dominic Milano's Vintage Memorymoog Plus
16 Oct 2023
The Bob Moog Foundation announces "Story of Moraz" Exhibit at ProgStock 2023
19 Sep 2023
Bob Moog Foundation explores Evolution of Modular Synthesis with Innovators Chris Meyer and Dave Rossum
21 Aug 2023
Audio Entrepreneur, Inventor Marcus Ryle Joins Bob Moog Foundation Board of Directors
10 Jul 2023
Bob Moog Foundation is raffling off 2022 Minimoog Model D Serial #1
07 Jun 2023
Bob Moog Foundation announces fundraising raffle for fully restored vintage Minimoog synthesizer signed by Geddy Lee
16 Feb 2023
Bob Moog Foundation offers pre-orders of "Switched On: Bob Moog and the Synthesizer Revolution by lauded author Albert Glinsky
25 Jul 2022
Moogseum explores Modular Synthesis with New Patching Sound Exhibit
31 Mar 2022
Bob Moog Foundation launches Raffle for Vintage Minimoog Model D Signed by Herb Deutsch
09 Feb 2022
Bob Moog Foundation announces 2022 18-Month Calendar - 60 Years of Synthesizer Pioneers
01 Nov 2021
Bob Moog Foundation announces its 15th Anniversary Minimoog Raffle featuring a vintage, archetypal Minimoog Model D synthesizer signed by Bob Moog himself
13 Aug 2021

Show more...

Best Budget Audio Interfaces for Music Production Studios Under $250
What's New @ KVR Audio
Softube Central has to be the buggiest download managerby trusampler @ 17:30 in Everything Else (Music related)TAL-Drum (v2.5.3)by zvenx @ 17:29 in InstrumentsNew multi-layer single-instrument drum plugin: Oh!Snap by MNEby Dr.Gunjah @ 17:16 in Instruments[FS] Acustica Audio - White 3, Arturia Chorus JUN-6, Efx Refract, Filter Mini, Filter MS-20, Tape MELO-FIby Moosy_Moose @ 17:03 in Sell & Buy (+Special Offers, Deals & Promos)Native Effects $30 / Brainworx Creative Mixing Set $15 / Melodyne /Fuse $15ea / BRA $9ea and moreby escalona @ 16:59 in Sell & Buy (+Special Offers, Deals & Promos)Baby Audio Transit - TranceFormation V1by morphex @ 16:52 in SoundwareDigital Synth VSTs (like DIVA)?by ghostwhistler @ 16:50 in InstrumentsFake VST3 plugins?by starflakeprj @ 16:49 in InstrumentsDELAY CAT by RED TIMBRE AUDIOby pough @ 16:45 in EffectsHow to get the 70's 80's classic punk bass tone?by kraster @ 16:44 in InstrumentsAmigo Sampler - 8-Bit Amiga Style Sampler Pluginby revvy @ 16:39 in InstrumentsFS: Nugen, UAD, AA, IK, Cableguys, Pulsar, Melda, Arturia, Mastering the Mix, Plugin Alliance, Soundtoys, Waves & moreby maxim.9jan95 @ 16:33 in Sell & Buy (+Special Offers, Deals & Promos)Bare with me on this VPS Vengeance Arp/Drums questionby dblock @ 16:32 in InstrumentsDrivenByMoss: Bitwig extension for many hardware controllers (version 23.2.2)by LayersOfSilence @ 16:29 in Controller ScriptingEventide Blackhole Immersiveby equisonus @ 16:25 in EffectsView All Latest Posts