Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Putney shed synth

Today's Google Doodle pays tribute to Robert Moog, father of the Moog synthesiser and pioneer of electronic music, whose 76th birthday it would have been (if he hadn't died in 2005).

Less well-known but equally ubiquitous (at the time), the VCS3 synthesiser (above) was created in the late 1960s in a shed in Deodar Road, Putney, southwest London by Russian Peter Zinovieff. The VCS3, nicknamed the Putney, was embraced by many artists and bands at the time including Brian Eno, Hawkwind, Kraftwerk, The Who, Gong, Pink Floyd, Jean Michel Jarre and King Crimson. More recently, Aphex Twin, Autechre and Depeche Mode have used it. It was also the synth used by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop to create the title music and sound effects for Dr Who.

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Elliott School of Rock
Being Mr Benn

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