Douglas Babb was a string bass major at the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana in 1971. One day, in the circular halls that house the music practice rooms, he was drawn to an unearthly noise emanating from an unmarked broom closet.

As a fan of the recently 1968 release "Switched On Bach" by Wendy Carlos, Babb recognized the source of the sounds and upon further investigation, he discovered the secret that would change his life. Those sounds were created by one of the first Modular Moog Synthesizers ever made and I.U. had one!

Bob Moog and Douglas Babb together at the

Interactive Music Expo, NYC, 8/10/99 (above)

An early Moog (pronounced like Vogue), Babb (right) and film producer Augustus Borghese at I.U. as seen in American Cinematographer Magazine, November 1973. From a feature story about the film "Comic Book", which won a Gold Medal Award at the Atlanta Film Festival.

Babb provided electronic music and sound effects for the score...

Click the photo above to see the sales report for this

Modular Moog #5, sold to Indiana University, 4/14/1967

Babb signed up for all of the classes in "Electronic Music" and "Recording Techniques" that were offered. Composition classes were taught by John Eaton (photo above and below), a friend of Moog's and an innovator in the use of electronic instruments in opera. Eaton was a virtuoso on an unusual instrument called the "Synket" which consisted of three small monophonic keyboards stacked one above the other. Unlike the wall sized Moog, the Synket was portable and better suited to live performance. Eaton urged Moog to develop a smaller, more portable version of his invention and commissioned an instrument which housed modules and sequencers in two smaller boxes with an optional keyboard. Still too complex for mass marketing, Moog continued to focus his efforts towards perfection.

Finally, Moog arrived on campus with a prototype of what is now known as the MiniMoog. Babb was among the few students chosen to work with this groundbreaking instrument. He conferred with Moog as to the features and options that would be included. The final MiniMoog design was one of the most popular synthesizers ever made. Babb has owned several Moogs over the years and remains in contact with MoogMusic, Inc

Douglas Babb was the first Curator of The Bob Moog Foundation.

Herb Deutch and Douglas Babb at the 2005 Bob Moog Memorial Celebration, Asheville, NC.

Douglas Babb and John Eaton at the Bob Moog Memorial Celebration

August 2005, Asheville, NC.

Babb on stage with Keith Emerson’s custom built Moog Synthesizer, Murat Center, Indianapolis, April 18, 2010.

Nice setup Keith!

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Douglas Babb with Pamela Kurstin

Theremin Master Class, Moog Music, Asheville, NC

John Eaton with the Synket.

Bob Moog and Douglas Babb together again at the

Nashville NAMM Show 7/24/04 (below)

Wendy Carlos and Douglas Babb at the 2005

Bob Moog Memorial Celebration, Asheville, NC.

Beaver and Krause made some of the first synthesized electronic music.

Bernie is a specialist in the field of “BioAcoustics”.

Click the photos above to go to Bernie Krauss’ Wild Sanctuary web site. 

Read “The Niche Hypothesis” and his autobiography “In A Wild Sanctuary”.

Go to “The Beatles” link to see the Moog that Bernie Krause sold to George Harrison.

As the first curator of The Bob Moog Foundation for Electronic Music,

Babb found and rescued the acetate for “Lucky Man,” given to Bob Moog by Keith Emerson.

(as referenced by Bob in the Moog documentary film)

(Above and below)

Douglas Babb, Moog clinician at Summer NAMM 2007

Click above to go to the Raymond Scott site.

Read about Bob Moog’s work.