The Moog synthesizer pictured on the cover of the recording of Walter Carlos’ Switched-On Bach belonged to Columbia Records. Sometime around 1978 Lydia Ledeen, then chair of the Music Department, got a call from a friend who worked for Columbia Records asking if we might be interested in acquiring these modules. They had been replaced by newer equipment. Lydia asked Norman Lowrey, at that time our resident composer, and he jumped at the chance.
Already by 1978 this equipment was becoming obsolete. Its manufacturing date was 1968. Only 10 years old. But what a wonderful teaching tool. We’ve now expanded into the digital realm, but the Moog still serves as the starting point for our Electronic Music Composition course. It’s still capable of producing groovy analog sounds like no other synthesizer!