March 26, 2008
As someone who loves his piano and old Juno-60, I was highly interested in this film's subject matter. But what a disappointment. This film isn't sure whether to be a portrait of Robert Moog or a history of his products, and it fails on both counts. Little chronology of the important Moog artists and albums. Little sense of the Moog keyboard's evolution through the years. Not even much sense of how different knobs and plugs affect the keyboard's output. And the showcased artists seem somewhat arbitrary, as if it was just a case of including those who were easiest to book. I mean, really, if you can't get Wendy Carlos to appear in your Moog documentary, maybe it would be best to just scrap the project. And the climactic scene of Moog playing "Old Man River" on Theremin is wonderful, but it's preceded by a segment on other Theremin players which comes off totally out of sequence (this is a *pre*-synthesizer instrument, after all). Meanwhile, we twiddle our fingers as Moog putters around his garden and kitchen, plays video games in Tokyo and offers cosmic philosophizing on the relationship between musician and instrument which simply isn't too compelling.
Note the film's short length -- it *feels* short.
February 18, 2012
An extremely boring documentary about Robert Moog. Interesting subject matter, poorly done documentary - the information contained within could have easily been made into a 15 minute short.
April 14, 2013
boring as fuck with an awful soundtrack.
May 4, 2012
A documentary that's all over the place, largely containing meaningless interviews. In the end you're left wondering why you even watched it in the first place.
February 21, 2012
Could have been a whole lot better. What waste of a good subject!
September 28, 2011
Fascinating with a great soundtrack. Of course, I'm quite interested in the subject matter.
September 24, 2011
this movie was great!
July 2, 2011
Very cool doc on streaming right now - for the music buffs, as well as music history buffs. Has a lot of cool special apperences talking about the synthesizer. There's a part at 27:00 where the synthesizer is first used for a commercial. If you don't watch the doc, you should just watch for that - hilarious!!!!!!!!!
June 15, 2011
It wasn't what I expected. It was just the inventor babbling on about conversations he had with people who use the moog. After his five-minute rant about his garden I just shut it off. It could be worse, but it was boring and very forgettable.
July 26, 2009
Worth watching just for Bernie Worrell funking it.
October 13, 2010
this was great!! happy I found itnow to watch Feguson's monologue and sleep
February 14, 2010
Moog is a flawed documentary but an interesting insight into an important inventor and invention.