Bet you thought I forgot, huh? No such luck. Here we have one of my favorite gear pr0n pictures of all time, of Klaus Schulze live in concert in Linz, Austria in 1980. We can plainly see a pair of MiniMoogs and the trademark Moog modular behind him, as well as a VCS3. My original off-the-cuff spotting said the thing on the right was a Fairlight, but note the one-piece monitor/keyboard, plus the black face of the "CPU." So that's not what it is. The time is right, as the Fairlight CMI came out in '79. Could that be a QASAR M8? I've never seen a picture of one, but its CPU unit was black, I'm given to understand.
In any case, he's playing a CS-80, and aside from the 2600 on his left, I can't make out anything else in the picture. (I think that's a Polymoog under the Minis, though.) It is important to note that, when playing gear of this caliber, a welding helmet must be worn. I copped this pic from the Official Klaus Schulze Website, home of many ridiculous photos.
Sequencers are a dime a dozen these days, but check out this uber-simple VST host and semi-audio sequencer from Brambos. I've tried out the demo, and it definitely has potential. A lot of VSTs by commercial developers don't work, or crash it, and it has a couple obvious bugs without too much digging, but it's kind of an interesting take on the quick-n-dirty paradigm, and could be a fun sketchpad if some of these bugs are fixed.
Open Labs (www.openlabs.com), which built the first Windows-based keyboard workstation in 2003, is one of a number of innovative synthesizer manufacturers that trace their lineage, if not their inspiration, to Bob Moog.
Open Labs CEO, Victor Wong, chief architect Craig Negoescu, and chief technology officer Lary Cotten are all available for comment on Bob Moog's passing.
I mean, come on. I know that one of the cardinal rules of running a business is to send out a press release every time your CFO has a bowel movement, but I'm afraid I have to draw the line at this. I had previously thought this company was kind of cool in a weird sort of way, but, I mean, fuck...