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1969: Introducing the MOOG SYNTHESISER | Tomorrow’s World
Every Thursday night: Tomorrow’s World, then Top Of The Pops. It doesn’t get better than that for a 9-year-old.

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In 1971, when I was 15, my local music shop in Carshalton got a MiniMoog.

The shop mainly sold electric organs, the big ones that used to be popular.

The shop owner generously let me play with the MiniMoog for about half an hour. Bliss!

His idea of a keyboard instrument was one with presets that could imitate other instruments. He didn’t like the MinMoog.

‘You can’t make it sound like a saxophone’, he said, playing an organ that only vaguely sounded like a saxophone.

People didn’t ‘get’ synthesizers back then.

(A MiniMoog probably could have done a better imitation of a saxophone)

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