DCP 191: Jason Amm - Producer of Electronic Voyager: Retracing Bob Moog's Sonic Journey
Musician and documentary film producer Jason Amm talks with me about the film Electronic Voyager that he and director & filmmaker Robert Fantinatto are currently working on.
Electronic Voyager follows Michelle Moog-Koussa as she retraces the footsteps of her late father, iconic synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog.
As you listen to this fascinating conversation with Jason Amm, you will note the sense of urgency in bringing this documentary to life. Many of the pioneers of electronic music makers who used Moog synthesizers have died. The recent, tragic passing of Bob Moog's close friend and important collaborator, Keith Emerson - perhaps the most iconic Moog keyboardist - was just another reminder of how important it is to document Bob Moog's crucial chapter in the history of electronic music, NOW. Jason and Robert are keen to capture the legacy of Bob Moog before it’s too late from those who knew and worked with him.
Jason and Robert are imminently qualified to tell such an important story. They produced the critically acclaimed documentary I Dream of Wires (released in 2014). I talked about I Dream of Wires back in episode 171 of the DCP. It's a documentary about the rise, fall and rebirth of a machine that shaped electronic music: the modular synthesizer. Over 100 inventors, musicians and enthusiasts are interviewed about their relationship with the modular synthesizer.
Whereas I Dream of Wires was a tour-de-force of the history of the modular synthesizer, Electronic Voyager focuses on the person who is most identified as the father of modern electronic music synthesis: Bob Moog.
This conversation with Jason Amm should prove an inspiration to all filmmakers and digital media creatives.