He would have been 78 today were he still with us.
explorer, Atomic Shadow, shares the same birthday (May 23rd) as the late, great Dr. Robert
“Bob” Moog, inventor of the Moog synthesizer. In recognition of that coincidence,
Hollow Sun Records is releasing the Shadow's first two albums, 'Creatures From Beyond' and
'Project Berna', for a limited time with ALL proceeds from sales going to Moog’s
namesake educational venture, the Bob Moog Foundation.
The mission of the
Foundation is to ignite the innovator in us all through exposure to interactive
educational experiences that draw from Dr. Bob Moog’s legacy of groundbreaking work at
the intersection of music, science, and imagination.
Atomic Shadow is at the
forefront of modern abstract electronica using as he does true retro equipment from the
50s and 60s ... test oscillators, reel-to-reel tape machines tape delays and feeding in
tape loops, etc., with a nod to modernity with MoogerFooger pedals. His music invokes
influences from the likes of Tod Dockstader, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and many others.
Atomic Shadow's electronica is moody and dark, sometimes chilling, sometimes thrilling,
sometimes whimsical, always intriguing and challenging.
He was recently runner
up in the London Science Museum's 'Oramix' remix competition judged by Brian Eno, DJ
Spooky and The Wire.
He also recently won the ‘I Dream Of Wires’ modular
synth award with exemptions and exceptions that although his wall of retro gear isn't
exactly a 'modular synth' per se
and pre-dates Dr. Moog's classic designs, it
represents instead the kind of music laboratories of the early pioneers.
The Shadow says of his contribution…
futuristic sounds of the early pioneers of electronic music captured my imagination as a
child and continues to influence my work to this day. Dr. Bob was one of these pioneers.
From his early love of the Theremin to his ground breaking modular instruments, through
the innovative keyboards that have appeared on countless classic and modern recordings.
This legacy must be preserved for our children and I am happy to give the Bob Moog
Foundation my support. Through their efforts, the next generation of music and engineering
pioneers may be inspired to dream, innovate and create the sounds for an entirely new
world of tomorrow.
Hollow Sun Records is an on-line label dedicated to
bringing fine electronica and considered sonic tapestries to discerning listeners. All
recordings are available in high quality WAV format.
'Creatures From Beyond'
and 'Project Berna' are released today, May 23rd, on Bob's and The Shadow's birthdays,
priced at £3 each, for a limited period. http://www.hollowsunrecords.co.uk/bmf
Even if The Shadow's
particular brand of of electronica isn't your mug of Earl Grey, please buy these albums
anyway in recognition of a visionary individual and to contribute to a great cause. This
is Starbucks latté territory price-wise and you get two great albums of abstract
electronica in return as well as knowing that kids will be getting hands-on experience of
This fundraiser is done with the full support, approval
and co-operation of His Bobnesses' daughter, Michelle, with whom we have been in close
contact. By all accounts, she's as delightful as her father who I had the good fortune to
meet and chat with on several occasions.http://www.facebook.com/BobMoogFoundation
/ Music Lab Machines