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"Chadabe and Moog" CD by Joel Chadabe

  • $1500

Joel Chadabe is familiar to many synthesizer enthusiasts as a pioneer in his field, conceptualizing and commissioning the legendary CEMS (Coordinated Electronic Music Studio) System, which was built in 1970 by his life-long friend and colleague Bob Moog, and his company, R.A. Moog Co. He is also the author of "Electric Sound: The Past and Promise of Electronic Music". 

At the time of its development,  the mighty CEMS was the largest integrated Moog system in the world, and probably the largest integrated Moog sequencer system ever.  The main system was completed around 1970, but it was constantly in a state of flux.   Essentially, the idea of the CEMS was that it had many sequencers that were all controlled either independently or by a master clocking system.

Joel used this new programmable synthesizer, an innovative novelty in its day, to delve deep into sonic exploration, creating a palette of previously unheard sounds. Music from that time, as well as many others, are included in his "Chadabe and Moog" CD, featuring "activities" created between 1966 and 1970.  Generous liner notes are included, detailing the concept behind each composition. 

"From that time to the present, when people ask me what I do as a composer, I explain that I do not compose pieces, I compose activities. A 'piece', whatever its content, is a construction with a beginning and end that exists independent of its listeners and within its own boundaries of time. An 'activity' unfolds because of the way people perform; and consequently, an activity happens in the time of living; and art comes closer to life." -- Joel Chadabe

The Bob Moog Foundation is proud to feature Joel's intelligent, unusual musical works here on our online store. 

All proceeds from the sale of the CDs benefit our educational and historic preservations projects. 

Photo of Joel with the modular by William Blakeney. 

Go here to order Joel's Electric Sound CD and here to order both CDs together for a bundled price of $20. 


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