Moog Synthesizer inventor Robert Moog and Apple Computer Inc. are getting technical Grammy Awards recognizing contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording industry. Winners of the technical awards, chosen by members of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences’ producers and engineers wing, will be presented Feb. 26 at a ceremony a day before the 44th annual Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles.
“The technical and creative innovations of Robert Moog, and the inventiveness and versatility of Apple Computer are the towering achievements of true visionaries,” Recording Academy President Michael Greene said Thursday.
“The products of their inspiration introduced electronic technology into the public consciousness, put the power of creation in the hands of the individual, and revolutionized the recording industry,” Greene said.
Moog’s development of analog electronic instruments made his name synonymous with the synthesizer and ultimately led to the electronic music revolution of the 1980s and ’90s. His creation, the Moog Synthesizer, was introduced in 1965.
Apple Computer is considered a leading architect in bringing computer technology into the studio and revolutionizing the way music is written, produced, mixed, recorded and creatively imagined, the academy said.