Robert Moog's First Prototype Synthesizer, 1964-1965

R. A. Moog Company1964/1965

The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford
Dearborn, MI, United States

This experimental instrument is a musical icon -- it's Robert Moog's first prototype synthesizer. Synthesizers allow musicians to create unique electronically-produced sounds. Moog's solid-state synthesizer was musically superior and much more portable than earlier vacuum tube-based systems. In 1968, Walter Carlos's album "Switched-On Bach" -- performed on a Moog -- caught the public's imagination. Synthesizers have been a mainstay of pop music since the late 1960s.


  • Title: Robert Moog's First Prototype Synthesizer, 1964-1965
  • Creator: R. A. Moog Company
  • Date Created: 1964/1965
  • Location: United States
  • Subject Keywords: Moog, Bob (Robert), Electronic music, Firsts, Electronic instruments, Keyboard instruments, Musical instruments, Prototypes (Object genre), Synthesizers
  • Type: Objects
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: Digital Collections
  • Patent Date: 1964
  • Object Name: Synthesizer
  • Object ID: 82.68.1
  • Manufacturer: R. A. Moog Company
  • Inventor: Robert Moog
  • Invention: Synthesizer
  • Image ID: THF156695
  • Field: Music
  • Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

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