A Celebration of the Moog Synthesizer

This series is presented in conjunction with The History Center of Tompkins County and The Bob Moog Foundation’s exhibition Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer, taking place in downtown Ithaca through May 31, 2015. Telling the story of Bob Moog and the development of the groundbreaking electronic instruments bearing his name, Switched-On provides museum-goers an interactive, engaging opportunity to learn about this important chapter of the region's history. The series at Cornell Cinema features the Eric and Mary Ross Ultimedia Concert on September 12, a special electronic music performance with composer and master thereminist Eric Ross and his Avant Ensemble, including Trevor Pinch (Cornell) and Peter Rothbart (IC). The evening will include music on the theremin (considered the first widespread electronic instrument, which Moog updated decades later), as well as analog and digital synths, guitars, percussion and electronic wind instruments, and will be accompanied visually with work by the late video/computer artist Mary Ross, whose work will be deposited in Cornell's Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art. The event is cosponsored with the Cornell Council for the Arts and the Rose Goldsen Lecture Series. 

The series also includes three films. The Day the Earth Stood Still features master film composer Bernard Herrmann's classic sci-fi score with music for two theremins, three organs, two pianos, two harps, three timpani, four tubas, strings, guitar and more. Elektro Moskva explores thewired world of avant garde rock musicians, DIY circuit benders, vodka-swilling dealers and urban archaeologists/collectors, who are all fascinated with obsolete Soviet-era electronic synthesizers that were the by-product of the KGB and Soviet military. Apocalypse Now Redux features “an impressive and imposing synth-driven soundtrack created, for the most part, by Coppola himself and his composer father Carmine.” (musicradar.com)

Tickets for the Eric and Mary Ross Ultimedia Concert are $12 general, $10 for students and seniors, and are available online at CornellCinemaTickets.com. No comps, guest passes or Six Passes.

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