Hieroglyphic Being records for the Moog Recordings Library.
Moog Recordings Library is new record label established specifically to release limited editions of recorded works, sessions, concerts and audio experiments utilising The Moog Sound Lab UK (Est. 2015). Moog Recordings Library announces its launch with three separate releases, from The Grid, Mika Vainio and Heiroglyphic Being
Each of the three releases is an album length session recorded with The Moog Sound Lab UK, an open loan studio from Moog Music Inc (USA) designed to encourage the making of new electronic works and to welcome UK based artistic and public access with the aim to broaden experimentation and practical hands-on knowledge with high spec analogue and digital electronic instruments.
The portable studio was specially designed by Moog Inc and is centred around one of their rarest instruments, the 2014 limited edition reissue of their legendary 1960s System 55 analogue synthesiser system – the Stradivarius of modular synths.
The Grid, Mika Vainio and Heiroglyphic Being all recorded at Surrey’s Institute of Sound Recording, where the Lab is based, and these three releases will be followed with two new works by Charlemagne Palestine, a Moog’d audio travelogue from Chris Watson and a Tony Allen / Jimi Tenor live Moog party in August. Future scheduled releases will also include Gazelle Twin and Mica Levi.
Originally established in 2015 to mark the 10th anniversary of Dr Robert Moog’s passing, the Moog Sound Lab UK was first seen publicly at the Barbican Arts Centre’s three-day ‘Moog Concordance Vol 1’ event – a celebration of Bob Moog’s contribution to contemporary music.
These concerts sadly turned out to be the last performances for both Keith Emerson & ‘tronic punk pioneers Suicide, who held their final “punk mass” – but both proved fitting partners to exemplify the artistic and technical range of Dr Bob’s influence.
Moog Sound Lab UK and the Moog Recordings Library are produced and curated by Paul Smith of the Blast First / blastfirstpetite labels. At various periods, Smith has served as manager to Throbbing Gristle, Wire, Cabaret Voltaire, Lee Scratch Perry, Cath Carrol and others and has produced events for writers Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters, Alan Moore, Iain Sinclair, & Michael Moorcock along with all the multi-disciplinary arts club, ‘Disobey’ events.
As well as the System 55, The Moog Sound Lab UK also features six portable inter-changeable full sized racks of the latest Moog instruments & processors (Moogerfoogers, Mother 32’s, Voyagers and more) plus stand-alone Moog keyboard based synths and an extremely rare vintage foot pedal operated Taurus bass synth – a prog-rock classic! Suitably high spec tech ancillaries come in the form of Bowers & Wilkins speakers, an AMS Neve mixing desk, a Prism Sound analogue to digital interface and Elektron rhythm composers – all making for a beast of a synth studio.
The Lab UK is based at the University of Surrey’s Institute of Sound Recording and is available to use by the students there. The Lab also travels regularly to host residencies and special events in the UK and Europe. Who could imagine our musical world without the synthesiser, an instrument that still remains “The Sound of the Future”?
Bob Moog’s technical innovations produced many futures – his unique fat, warm electronic sounds and the rich and resonant tonal sweeps can be found front and centre of almost every major late 20th century musical genre - Rock (from Genesis to Rush to ZZ Top), Disco (Moroder), Jazz (Sun Ra, Herbie Hancock), Post Punk (New Order, Heaven 17), Soundtracks (Walter / Wendy Carlos, Vangelis) Pop (Human League, Depeche Mode, Soft Cell, Eurythmics), even Punk (Devo, Suicide), not forgetting the music whose very DNA is woven from ‘tronic threads: from Kraftwerk to Techno to Ambient and beyond. Sounds that bring a smile to the faces of music lovers the world over...
Hieroglyphic Being / Jamal Moss visted the Moog Sound Lab in the end days of 2016. Testing the lab through his prismatic rhythmic cubism meets synth expressionism methodolgy. 21st Century Afro-Futurism to the max. Both parties expressed their satisfaction with the encounter. “I believe Bob Moog was (in the late 20th century) creating his modular system 55 synthesiser for artists yet to come….artists like Jamal Moss” (Eldon Tyrell)
The Replicant Dream Sequence 1 > 8.
- About Drift
Free Delivery on all UK orders over £50
The Drift Record Shop happily ship all items Worldwide.
• We aim to dispatch orders placed before 11am on the same day.
• We are unable to ship orders on Sundays or Bank Holidays.
• If you purchase a pre-order item amongst an order of in-stock releases, we will typically hold your box until all items are in stock.
• Although we use all reasonable means to ensure that your order is delivered within a specified time, we cannot accept any responsibility for late deliveries due to circumstances outside of our control. We will do our best to inform you of any unexpected delay.
Click & Collect
On all orders we offer a Click & Collect option to avoid unnecessary carriage. Click the Pick up at Drift button during the checkout and you will bypass all shipping during payment.
We try and keep all costs down and also waste as little as possible by recycling envelopes wherever we can.
If you have any questions about shipping or delivery, get in touch.