Over the last 75-100 years or so, there have been two larger-than-life figures that every music fan and musician should know – the great Les Paul, who was behind the development of the electric guitar in the early 1930s and Robert “Bob” Moog, who was behind the development of not just the first synthesizers for commercial consumption in the early 1960s, as well as one of the most popular and well-known instrument companies in the world. Both developments have been revolutionary as they’ve allowed artists new ways to experiment with how they can make music and how their music can sound; after all, much of the music that we all love and admire would be impossible without Les Paul and Bob Moog – and their commercial availability allowed artists and amateurs ways to create music (and occasionally become famous themselves) easily and cheaply. With a little knowledge about music and a couple of hundred bucks, you can run to a music store and buy an instrument and start a band.
Although he was born in New York, Moog’s company, Moog Music is located in Asheville, NC, where Moog spent the last 30 years of his life. Interestingly, the company invites artists of all stripes to perform in their Moog Sound Lab, a retro-furtustic room filled with a variety of synthesizers, processors, programmers, drum machines and other electronic devices to perform radically different interpretations of the artist’s material.
The folks at Moog and Moog Sound Lab invited the experimental/alt-hip hop act Deltron 3030 to come in and perform a song employing a variety of Moog devices for “Nobody Can” off their acclaimed Event 2. After all, Deltron is comprised of one of hip-hop’s most sadly underrated emcees, Del The Funky Homosapien, acclaimed producer, Dan The Automator and Kid Koala on the 1s and 2s. If anything this video should reveal that there’s sonically and lyrically challenging hip-hop out there; however, you have to make an effort to find it.