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Co-inventor of the Moog synthesizer, Herbert A. Deutsch has died aged 90

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Moog has announced the death of Herbert A. Deutsch, the co-inventor of the original Moog synthesizer.

Passing away on December 9 aged 90, Deutsch was a pioneer of electronic music technology as he worked with Bob Moog on the brand’s first synth in 1964.

Alongside this breakthrough, he was a musician who in 1995 premiered a multimedia opera Dorian based on the Oscar Wilde book, Dorian Gray.

Up until his death, Deutsch taught at Hofstra University, New York City as chair of the music department for over 50 years teaching the next generation about electronic music.

He was also a member of non-profit organisation The Bob Moog Foundation which aim to inspire music innovators.

Moog’s statement reads: “Today we celebrate the life of our friend Professor Herb Deutsch.”

It continues: “As a colleague, Herb helped Bob discover his passion for being a toolmaker. Together they developed a model for how engineers and artists may work together to achieve their creative dreams. The belief that an instrument’s designer must understand the artist’s mind and creative needs remains the core of all that we do at Moog to this day.

“As a composer, Herb helped show the world how song is one of the greatest languages for storytelling. He believed in the power of music and recognized its role as a catalyst for change.

“As an educator, Herb touched thousands of lives over his 50+ years of teaching. He inspired many to form lifelong relationships with music and composition. His students will remember him as a man who dedicated his life to making the world a more wonderful place through sound.

“As a friend, Herb gave us the gift of a gentle smile and never let us forget the importance of kindness for our fellow humans.

“Herb’s legacy and place in the history of music will never be forgotten. And here at Moog, his laughter will be missed and cherished.

“We are endlessly grateful for your friendship, collaboration, guidance, and creative spirit, Herb. Our love is with you and your family.”

Moog have also released a documentary on Herbert A. Deutsch. Watch below.

Becky Buckle is Mixmag’s Video and Editorial Assistant, follow her on Twitter

Written by: Tim Hopkins

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