Bernie Krause To Receive the 2018 Moog Innovation Award

The 2018 Moog Innovation Award will be presented to Bernie Krause this week at Moogfest 2018, the annual music, art and technology festival in Durham, North Carolina. This award recognizes over 50 years of work in the exploration of sound, exemplifying the bold, innovative spirit of Bob Moog. Past recipients include visionary artists like Gary Numan, Devo, Suzanne CIani, Brian Eno, Bernie Worrell, and Thomas Dolby, and synth designers like Herb Deutsch.

One of the earliest proponents of the Moog Synthesizer, Bernie Krause partnered with fellow musician Paul Beaver in the 1960s to buy one of the first Moog Synthesizer III systems -- putting together their life savings at the time to purchase the futuristic $15,000 instrument.

To make a return on their investment, Beaver & Krause played the Moog Synthesizer on hundreds of recording sessions for mainstream artists who wanted to transcend their traditional instrumentations in search of new and exciting sounds. For The Doors, The Monkees, the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Neil Young, and The Beach Boys, the sounds of Beaver & Krause’s Moog Synthesizer where exactly what they were searching for.

The duo’s impact on pop music was prolific, but their first two studio albums released under ‘Beaver & Krause’ were pioneering in the new genre of electronic music. The Nonesuch Guide To Electronic Music (1967) featured solo demonstrations of the Moog Synthesizer and was the first album to illustrate in detail the imminent potential of musical synthesis. Beaver & Krause’s follow-up, In A Wild Sanctuary (1970) broke ground as the first album to be encoded in quadraphonic sound, and introduced the art of soundscape by pairing the electronic sounds of the Moog Synthesizer with natural field recordings collected by Krause -- laying the foundation for ambient music some years later.

After contributing his signature Moog Synthesizer sound designs for the 1979 film Apocalypse Now, Bernie Krause stepped away from popular music to further explore his field recordings. Today, Krause is a leader in the field of biomusicology and is a principle founder in the field of soundscape ecology.

We are proud to present the 2018 Moog Innovation Award to Bernie Krause for his visionary work that has redefined our understanding of creativity and deepened the possibilities that can be shared between human and machine.

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