Moog Sound Lab is a performance series where artists are filmed performing in the Moog Music factory in Asheville, North Carolina. Moog Sound Lab is all about organic experimentation and is a unique opportunity for artists to explore analog sound-scaping, synthesis and effects.
Moog Sound Lab: Washed Out - Far Away
Ernest Greene, the man behind Washed Out, stepped into the Moog Sound Lab and transformed his song Far Away from the 2011 album "Within and Without". In its original incarnation "Far Away" was built around vibes, bells & stringed instruments, but here Greene tears down the song and completely rebuilds it on a foundation of Moog Synths.
Lead Vocalist & Keyboardist Ernest Greene performs with a Little Phatty analog synthesizer. The harpsichord-esque sound created was then synced to Ableton Live and arpeggiated, and filter sweeps are then applied throughout the song.
Percussionist Cameron Gardner utilizes the Trap-Kat MIDI controller to trigger 3 Rack Mounted Minimoog Voyagers, which combined, create the kick, snare, and hi-hat patches.
Bassist Chris Gardner forgoes his bass guitar and carries the bottom end with a single Minitaur analog bass synthesizer.
Keyboardist and Vocalist Blair Greene uses a Select Series Minimoog Voyager as a controller for Animoog, Moog’s iPad based Anisotropic synthesizer to recreate the song's pads.
Scenes from the session
Ernest Greene - Little Phatty
Blair Greene - Animoog / Minimoog Voyager
Cameron Gardner - Minimoog Voyager RMEs controlled via Trap Kat