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    San Francisco Moog: 1968-72 (LP, Limited Edition) album cover

    Doug McKechnieSan Francisco Moog: 1968-72

    Label:VG+ Records – 004
    Format:
    Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition
    Country:US
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    Genre:Electronic
    Style:Ambient, Experimental

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    A1The First Exploration @ SF Radical Laboratories, 19688:31
    A2Meditation Moog 19684:23
    A3Baseline5:12
    B1Berkeley Art Museum13:06
    B2Crazy Ray8:25
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    Limited edition of 323 copies.

    San Francisco Moog documents for the first time a critical missing link in the history of electronic music. It captures McKechnie eschewing the somber rigor of the academic electronic music of the era for a more free-flowing, melodic sound that nonetheless explores the limits of the instrument’s plastic sonic possibilities. Using the keyboard and two 24-step sequencers that came with the deluxe Moog, he created music that wove together multiple electronic voices at the moment, an innovation typically ascribed to later pioneers like Tangerine Dream (who would end up the owners of the very same Moog — but that’s another story).

    All pieces were created improvisationally in an atmosphere of exploration and discovery on a Moog Modular Series III synthesizer and recorded live with no overdubbing to Ampex PR-10, Nagra 3, or TEAC four-channel recorders.

    Mastered by A.F Jones at Laminal Audio

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    minman
    Absolutely beautiful record. WAAY ahead of it’s time. Futuristic and otherworldly synth soundscapes ala Moog. Although the music was recorded in ‘68-‘72, it sounds very fresh. Similar things that come to mind are ‘Robert Rental & Thomas Leer-The Bridge’, ‘Human League-The Dignities Of Labour’, etc. Lots of repetitive and interweaving melodies with the perfect blend of experimental and structured compositions. Sound quality is full and rich with some Moog bass notes that’ll rumble your walls. If you love sci-fi synth type music/soundtracks, I highly recommend this.
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    marauda