Moog Synthesizer and Apple Computer To Receive Technical Grammy

Feb 1, 2002 12:00 PM, Editors


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Robert Moog (Moog Synthesizers) and Apple Computer Inc. have been named as recipients of the 2002 Technical Grammy® Award. Technical Grammy Award recipients are determined by the vote of the members of the Recording Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing and presented to individuals and/or companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field. Formal acknowledgment of the awards will be made on February 26 surrounding the 44th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, held at Los Angeles' Staples Center on Wednesday, February 27.

"The technical and creative innovations of Robert Moog and the inventiveness and versatility of the Apple Computer are the towering achievements of true visionaries," said Michael Greene, Recording Academy president/CEO. "The products of their inspiration introduced electronic technology into the public consciousness, put the power of creation in the hands of the individual, and revolutionized the recording industry."

Robert Moog's early development of analog electronic instruments made his name synonymous with the synthesizer and ultimately helped spawn the electronic music revolution of the '80s and '90s. His creation -- the Moog synthesizer, which was unveiled in 1965 -- introduced a vast array of new sounds and fostered an entirely new creative process of sound design. Even today, some 30 years later, Moog's creation (a smaller version of the original synthesizer called the "Minimoog") is still considered by many to be of the holy grail of synthesizers.

Apple Computer is considered the leading architect in bringing computer technology into the studio and revolutionizing the way music is written, produced, mixed, recorded and creatively imagined. The introduction of the Macintosh in the mid-1980s helped launch a number of software breakthroughs, linking technology to the creative process, thereby changing the face of the recording studio. Almost immediately, developers began creating revolutionary tools for playing, recording and editing music, all solidly grounded in the Mac's user-friendly interface. This made the Macintosh virtually synonymous with the computer-driven production techniques of the last decade. Over time, with a Mac and the right tools, a single person could compose, perform, record, edit and mix the instrumental portion of a song or entire album. Thus, the Macintosh became the touchstone of a new model for producing recorded music.

The first Technical Grammy was awarded in 1994. Past winners include Les Paul, Digidesign's Pro Tools, Dr. Thomas Stockham Jr., Ray Dolby, Rupert Neve, George Massenburg, Sony/Philips, Georg Neumann GmbH, Bill Putnam and AMS Neve.

In 2000, the Recording Academy established the Producers & Engineers Wing, a collection of more than 5,000 professional producers, engineers and technologists. The P&E Wing's mission is to provide an organized voice for the pro sound community, while ensuring its role in the development of new technologies, recording and mastering standards, as well as other critical issues affecting their craft, such as archiving and preservation. The P&E Wing also builds on the existing professional development activities of the Academy which include workshops, forums, publications and advocacy.

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