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The Minimoog is a monophonic analog synthesizer, invented by Bill Hemsath and Robert Moog. Released in 1970 by the original Moog Music, it was among the first widely available, portable and relatively affordable synthesizers.

Notable recordings

  • Chick Corea with his band Return to Forever.
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Keith Emerson used a minimoog on many Emerson, Lake & Palmer songs.
  • Rick Wakeman's album Six Wives of Henry VIII which demonstrates many of the Minimoog's characteristic sounds.
  • Pink Floyd's 1975 song Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Part 6) has Minimoog solo performed by Rick Wright.
  • The Zodiac's only album Cosmic Sounds which is claimed to be the first album to feature the moog synthesizer.
  • Jeff Beck's album Wired, on which Jan Hammer demonstrates pitch-bending technique using the wheel.
  • Kraftwerk's 1974 album Autobahn, which was a revolutionary record in the development of electronic music.
  • Synergy's Electronic Realizations for Rock Orchestra, recorded with a Minimoog, an Oberheim expander module controlled by an early Oberheim DS-2 digital sequencer and a Mellotron. Also, the second album, Sequencer has several Minimoog and Moog 15 modular synthesizer-based compositions.
  • Gary Numan's 1979 album Replicas (under the name Tubeway Army) is essentially built around the Minimoog. His follow-up releases The Pleasure Principle (1979) and Telekon (1980) also heavily feature the instrument.
  • Manfred Mann's Earth Band made the Minimoog an integral part of their sound, especially in their mid-1970s recordings. Keyboard player Manfred Mann used the pitch control to create a distinctive, plaintive sound.
  • Geddy Lee of Rush used a Minimoog on several Rush albums, from 1977's A Farewell to Kings to 1982's Signals. On the live release Exit... Stage Left, Lee can be heard manually "tweaking" the dials to produce unusual sounds in the space between songs The Trees and Xanadu.
  • Tony Hymas used the MiniMoog quite a lot on the Ph.D. album "Is It Safe"

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