Friday, June 8, 2018

Shirleigh Moog, Wife of Synthesizer Pioneer, Dies at 82

Shirleigh Moog, Wife of Synthesizer Pioneer, 
Dies at 82

Shirleigh and Robert Moog, ca. 1978
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Asheville, NC - June 7, 2018 - Shirleigh May Moog (nee Shirley May Leigh), ex-wife of legendary synthesizer pioneer Robert Moog, died of natural causes today at the John F. Keever Solace Center in Asheville, North Carolina.

Shirleigh was first introduced to her husband at a service sorority/fraternity social at Queens College, City University of New York, in 1956. The couple were married two years later and remained together for 36 years, with Shirleigh providing the stability needed to facilitate her husband's inventive spirit. According to friends who knew the couple, her strong presence and sharp intellect were indispensable to his career.

Born on May 3, 1936 in New York City to Benjamin, a haberdasher, and Lillian, an office clerk, she was the third of four children.

Shirleigh received a Bachelor's degree in education from Queens College in 1958, and married two weeks later. She moved to Ithaca, New York to join her husband as he pursued his doctoral degree at Cornell University. There she taught in a two-room schoolhouse to rural children in kindergarten to third grade. She was known as a strict, creative, doting presence to the disadvantaged population that she served. She stopped teaching in 1961, prior to the birth of her first child, and devoted herself to motherhood and to supporting her husband's booming business, R.A. Moog, Co., of selling theremins and theremin kits, which she often assembled at the kitchen table.

The family grew in tandem with her husband's career. The theremin business evolved when her husband invented the Moog synthesizer in 1964 after working on a prototype with composer Herbert Deutsch. The business grew in 1968 after the groundbreaking album Switched-on Bach by Wendy Carlos brought synthesis to the public consciousness, and evolved yet again with the advent of the iconic Minimoog synthesizer in 1970. By this time the couple had four children.

Shirleigh Moog Pictured in a Moog Theremin Ad 
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Shirleigh excelled at both raising their children, and doing the books for the early iteration of her husband's  company, all while entertaining a broad range of musician guests with her exceptional culinary skills and her naturally warm and engaging hospitality. Her recounting of this experience was published in her 1978 cookbook, Moog's Musical Eatery.

One of the tributes on the back of the cookbook reads, "Shirleigh generates an enveloping aura of charm and sensibility among her guests, her sequential control of the evening pulsing a smooth waveform of food, friends, and conversation." -- Keith Emerson, Emerson, Lake and Palmer

A classical music enthusiast and supporter, Shirleigh joined her husband in co-producingClara Rockmore's Theremin record in 1975.  She considered Rockmore, and many of her husband's musical clients, as friends.

In 1978 the family left New York and moved to rural Leicester, NC, after her husband left his position as president of Moog Music, Inc. There, Shirleigh immersed herself in gardening, homesteading, and cooking as her husband started his new venture, Big Briar, Inc., making custom electronic musical instruments  She served on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Symphony and the Community Advisory Board of public radio station WCQS.

The couple moved to Natick, MA in 1984 as Robert assumed the position of Vice President of New Product Research for Kurzweil Music Systems, which lasted until 1988. They returned to their residence in North Carolina the same year. During that time Shirleigh became a successful real estate agent.

In 1993, she combined her passions of healthy eating and cooking by publishing her second cookbook, A Guide to the Food Pyramid. She was a guest columnist for the Asheville Citizen-Times cooking section.

In 1994, after 36 years of marriage, Shirleigh and Robert divorced. She did not remarry, and devoted herself to taking care of her grandchildren, volunteering for the local branch of the NAACP, serving as Vice-President of the organization for one term, and participating in race relation organizations and neighborhood associations. She was also active in the Unitarian Universalist Church. She remained an avid cook, reader, bird-watcher and gardener, achieving Master Gardener status in 1995.

Shirleigh is survived by her four children, Laura Moog Lanier, Renee Moog, Michelle (Joseph) Moog-Koussa, and Matthew (Lucy) Moog, and by her five grandchildren, Gregory and Yasmine Koussa, and Max, Charlie, and Eli Moog. She is preceded in death by her siblings Matthew, Mildred, and Sam, by her beloved son-in-law Paul Sylvester, and by her ex-husband.

A date for a memorial will be announced later in the summer. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested a contribution to the NAACP (, WCQS (, or the Bob Moog Foundation (  

About the Bob Moog Foundation 

The Bob Moog Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to ignite creativity through the intersection of science, music, history, and innovation. The Foundation's hallmark educational project, Dr. Bob's SoundSchool, is an innovative, experiential ten week curriculum that teaches children the science of sound through music and technology. The Foundation's other focus is the preservation of history through their work with the Bob Moog Foundation Archives, a collection of rare schematics, instruments, photos, planning notes, prototypes, and more. 

The Bob Moog Foundation is not affiliated with Moog Music, Inc.


The Bob Moog Foundation
PO Box 8136
Asheville, NC 28814
Tel: +1 (828)-258-1262

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

OMNIUM GATHERUM – announce new album title, release date and special pre-release show at Summer Breeze Open Air!

OMNIUM GATHERUM – announce new album title, release date and special pre-release show at Summer Breeze Open Air!

OMNIUM GATHERUM have finished recording their new album, which will see a worldwide release on August 31st! It will be entitled “The Burning Cold”.

Main songwriter and guitarist Markus Vanhala comments:
"Sometimes you can be extra proud of something you've achieved, and I could claim that ‘The Burning Cold’ has a sense of special chapter for me. I haven’t been this excited for a new album of mine for ages!

I've been extra busy with all the touring in the past year(s) and I truly don’t know when and where I got these songs made. They somehow wrote themselves indeed. We got some really good kick-ass songs and fresh tunes made up and ‘The Burning Cold’ has a really honest feeling in it. Fresh rebirth of Omnium Gatherum!

We are honored to kick off this album cycle with a pre-release show for the new album at one of our favorite festivals in the field, SUMMER BREEZE. You can hear debut live shots of some of the new songs there, so be sure not to miss all this excitement, new glory and fresh mistakes!"

Singer and frontman Jukka Pelkonen comments on the lyrical themes and concepts:
"There are two major lyrical concepts on the new album;
Firstly, it touches the great human tragedies and fortunes which are around us - Tragedies such as war and the engulfing darkness that follows, and Fortunes which are tangled in experiences we all share despite of the seemingly burning world. 

Secondly, the lyrics speak loudly of the human emotional condition. How do we love? Why do we hate? Why some things are easier to leave behind than others. Why does death terrify us, and if it does why do people act like it does not exist?

This album is a pinnacle of all the hard work we as a group have done in OG for a long time. The music comes alive and reaches new perspectives. Still. This is truly melodic death metal. Sharpened polished, brutal."

“The Burning Cold” was once again mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö and produced and engineered by Teemu Aalto.

More details about “The Burning Cold” will follow soon!


18.08.2018 Dinkelsbühl (Germany) – Summer Breeze Open Air “Special Pre-Release Show”

More dates will be announced soon!
Jukka Pelkonen - Vocals
Markus Vanhala - Guitar
Tuomo Latvala - Drums
Aapo Koivisto - Keyboards
Joonas Koto - Guitar
Erkki Silvennoinen – Bass



Friday, June 1, 2018

DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT – launch video for Truth – Live in Plovdiv

DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT – announces ‘Ocean Machine – Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv’

On the 22nd September 2017, Devin Townsend Project played a special show at the Ancient Roman Theatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, celebrating the 20thanniversary of the landmark Ocean Machine album in full, as well as a set of fan-requested tracks alongside the Orchestra of Plovdiv State Opera. This concert was filmed, and on 6th July 2018 it will see the light of day as ‘Ocean Machine – Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv’.

Today sees the launch of the first video to be taken from the live release, and you can watch DTP perform the track ‘Truth’, alongside the orchestra, here:
Devin comments:
“Hey there, Devin T here, taking a second to bring myself up for air from writing :)
After a long and arduous process, the concert myself and the DTP performed in Plovdiv Bulgaria is finished, and here is your first view of it, ‘Truth’. 

I am very proud of this release and it represents a culmination of many years of material. The concert actually is in two parts, with Ocean Machine being the second. It was a fantastic night and an unforgettable experience with the die-hards travelling from all around the world to be there with us.

As I move into the next phase of my life and career, this live in Bulgaria DVD stands as a monument for me, and what we achieved with the DTP. 

As always, words fail me when it comes to expressing what the support of the audience means, but I thank you and everyone involved for allowing this to happen. 

I hope you enjoy :)


‘Ocean Machine – Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv’ will be available as a limited deluxe 3CD/2DVD/Blu-Ray artbook (with liner notes from Devin and a special documentary dubbed ‘Reflecting The Chaos’ on the second DVD & Blu-Ray), Special Edition 3CD/DVD Digipak, standalone Blu-Ray and as digital audio download.

Pre-order now here:

The full track-listing is as follows:
By Request with Orchestra
5.By Your Command
9.Bad Devil
11.A Simple Lullaby
12.Deep Peace

Ocean Machine
1.Seventh Wave
4.Hide Nowhere
6. 3 A.M.
7.Voices in the Fan
12.The Death of Music
13.Things Beyond Things

The first in a series of special vinyl boxes was also recently announced. ‘ERAS – Vinyl Collection Part 1’ compiles the albums ‘Ki’, ‘Addicted’, ‘Deconstruction’ & ‘Ghost’ in a sturdy box all on 180g heavyweight vinyl. You can pre-order your copy, including various coloured vinyl versions, now here:

Devin Townsend Project released the much acclaimed ‘Transcendence’ in late 2016, before embarking on one of their biggest world tours ever. This new live release marks the end of an era, as Devin Townsend Project was disbanded in early 2018 to pave the way for Devin to focus on numerous other creative, musical endeavours of which he is currently hard at work on.

FATES WARNING – Launch new single and video for “Live Over Europe” release!

FATES WARNING – Launch new single and video for “Live Over Europe” release!

Progressive Metal pioneers FATES WARNING are launching a second single and video clip off their upcoming new live album release entitled “Live Over Europe” (Out June 29th, 2018 via InsideOutMusic) today.

Check out “The Light and Shade of Things”, which was edited by Chris Anderson at Divine Digital based on live footage from Germany (Filmed by Bernhard Baran / b-light pictures) and several other locations on their recent European tour, with audio recorded in Milano, Italy on January 20th, 2018, here:
FATES WARNING vocalist Ray Alder commented about “The Light and Shade of Things” as follows: Hi everybody! We hope you've enjoyed “Firefly“ from the upcoming live release! We are really looking forward to the date when the new live album is finally out! In the meantime here's another track from "Live Over Europe"... This is “The Light And Shade Of Things“ from our last album “Theories Of Flight“. It features live shots from a few different shows around Europe. Enjoy!

The previously released first live single “Firefly” can still be seen here:

The pre-order for “Live Over Europe” is available here:

Gathered during the group’s most recent European headlining run for FATES WARNING’s much acclaimed latest studio album “Theories Of Flight” in January 2018, “Live Over Europe” includes recordings from 8 different cities (Aschaffenburg / Germany, Belgrade / Serbia, Thessaloniki and Athens / Greece, Rome and Milan / Italy, Budapest / Hungary as well as Ljubljana / Slovenia) and a total of 23 songs in over 138 minutes of playing time, spanning 30 years of the group’s seminal career.

“Live Over Europe” was mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Kreator, Symphony X) and mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden and will be available as limited 2CD Mediabook, Gatefold 3LP + Bonus-2CD or as Digital Album.

Here is the complete track-listing for the release:
FATES WARNING  “Live Over Europe“

CD 1:
1. From the Rooftops
2. Life in Still Water
3. One
4. Pale Fire
5. Seven Stars
6. SOS
7. Pieces of Me
8. Firefly
9. The Light and Shade of Things
10. Wish
11. Another Perfect Day
12. Silent Cries
13. And Yet it Moves

CD 2:
1. Still Remains
2. Nothing Left to Say
3. Acquiescence
4. The Eleventh Hour
5. Point of View
6. Falling
7. A Pleasant Shade of Gray, Pt. IX
8. Through Different Eyes
9. Monument
10. Eye to Eye

FATES WARNING vocalist Ray Alder checked in with the following comment about “Live In Europe“:
“We would like to thank each and every one of our fans that helped us make "Live Over Europe". We had a great time making this album and we hope that you enjoyed the shows as much as we did playing them!“
FATES WARNING’s latest release, their 12th studio album “Theories Of Flight”, not only gathered critical acclaim (Some soundcheck results being: Deaf Forever / Germany - # 1, Metal Hammer / Germany - # 2, Rock Hard / Germany - # 2, Aardschok / The Netherlands - # 2, Eclipsed / Germany - # 4, /Germany - # 1), but also entered the sales charts in several countries across the globe with the following highest positions: Germany: # 12, Italy: # 80, The Netherlands: # 70,
Belgium (Flemish): # 175, USA: # 2 Billboard Heatseekers / # 62 Current Top 200 Albums.

Check out FATES WARNING’s “Theories Of Flight” here:
“SOS” video clip:
“Seven Stars” video clip:
“White Flag” (Guitar play-through video):
”White Flag“ (Drum and bass play-through video):
“From The Rooftops” (Lyric video):
Album teaser clip (excerpts of all songs):

 “Theories Of Flight” is available is still available in various formats from the IOM webshop here:

FATES WARNING  Line-Up 2018:

Bobby Jarzombek – Drums
Joey Vera  Bass and Vocals
Ray Alder  Vocals
Jim Matheos – Guitars
Mike Abdow  Guitars and Vocals

Keyboard Legend Rick Wakeman Launches Official YouTube Channel 

Keyboard Legend Rick Wakeman Launches Official YouTube Channel
Legendary keyboardist Rick Wakeman is launching his official YouTube channel in June 2018! The channel will feature many rare and unreleased videos, as well as the exclusive premiere of Rick's forthcoming film “Live Portraits.”

Watch the promotional trailer:
“Would you believe I now have an official YouTube channel. If you fancy subscribing to it you're going to see lots of different things. Some things perhaps you've seen before...certainly a lot you've never seen before. There will be some exclusive stuff - exclusive purely to this channel. So please subscribe and see some of the silly things I get up to, and the musical stuff as well.” - Rick Wakeman

Check out Rick Wakeman's new YouTube channel: To subscribe to Rick Wakeman's new YouTube channel:
To celebrate the launch of Rick's official YouTube channel in style, subscribers are asked to vote for the top track they want to see from the film “Live Portraits” (track listing below). Voting can be made here on PledgeMusic
Once the votes have been counted, the ten most voted tracks will be posted exclusively on Rick's YouTube Channel for 48 hours. Fans should subscribe to Rick's official YouTube Channel to be notified when this event will take place. Click here to Subscribe

In other news:

Following the hugely successful “Piano Portraits” tour last year, in support of the album of the same name, Rick Wakeman will return in Autumn 2018 with a new show based on the follow up release, entitled “Piano Odyssey.” The fourteen-date tour will feature even more classic tracks given Rick's unique piano treatment, and will travel to towns and cities not previously visited in 2017.

A live version of Rick's critically acclaimed album “Piano Portraits” was filmed & recorded at the Lincoln Cathedral in London on March 7th, 2018. “Live Portraits” will be released on CD/DVD soon. It can be ordered exclusively from Pledge Music by using the following link:
For more information:
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German Music Legends Guru Guru Celebrate 50 Years With New CD “Rotate!”

German Music Legends Guru Guru Celebrate 50 Years With New CD “Rotate!”

50 years of Guru Guru - that's 50 years of Krautrock!
Dudenhofen, Germany - If you hadn't believed possible that Mani Neumeier and his Guru Guru still rank among Germany's most active and prolific rock bands, well, then you'd be proven wrong!

Founded in 1968, the year of the student's revolt in Germany, Guru Guru has reached their 50th anniversary and still maintains their innovative spirit. Where many a musician made it big as a one-hit-wonder just to fade into oblivion soon after, Guru Guru carved their way outside the mainstream and short lived trends by blending experimental rock, avant-garde, jazz and world music into an unique, original form of rock 'n' roll.

No one will deny that there were ups and downs, but nowadays, Mani (Drums/Percussion/Vocals) shares the stage with two long-standing companions. Roland Schaeffler (Guitar/Saxophone/Vocals) and Peter Kuhmstedt (Bass/Vocals) have been with Guru Guru for more than 40 years. The passing of Hans Reffert, aged 69 (Feb. 21, 2016), was a severe blow, but with newly recruited guitar player Jan Lindqvist they overcame this tragedy and proved that they are not in the least tired of creating music. Those four “Krautrockers” are living legends and next to the Rolling Stones among the longest-serving rock bands on this planet. Mani and Mick are in fact standing next to each other in the Tokyo House of Wax! Mani Neumeier and his Gurus are the epitome of a band that defies musical trends and fads and transcends limitations and genres even on their newest CD called “Rotate!”

After more than 40 releases (LP, CD & DVD), Guru Guru demonstrates that the “overhauled Flagship of German rock” - as they have been called by the German magazine Musikexpress - have not lost their ability to entrance and provide an extraordinary spectacle. Songs like “Ooga Booga Special” span the decades, from the early days of “Magic Tree” to their latest studio album “Rotate!” which has been released to celebrate the band's 50th anniversary in 2018. Never to be missed of course is the immortal “Elektroluch”: The underground hit that has written “Krautrock” history and is, to this day, an intregal part in the band's live performance.

Whoever thought that Guru Guru would slow down or that Mani would retire to a quiet life in the countryside couldn't be more wrong. After 50 years they continue to go their own way because they've always been - and still are unique!

To purchase Guru Guru's “Rotate!”:
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RIVERSIDE – Sign new deal with InsideOut Music; Announce new studio album and European tour!

RIVERSIDE – Sign new deal with InsideOutMusic; Announce new studio album and European tour!

Progressive Rock masters RIVERSIDE have just signed a new deal with longtime partners InsideOutMusic and are pleased to announce their upcoming seventh studio album “Wasteland” as well as its corresponding first European tour for October/November.

RIVERSIDE checked in with the following words:

Well, we're back in the game! We're happy to tell you that our seventh album will be called "Waste7and" (Wasteland) and will be released at the end of September this year. It will be our first album recorded as a trio. Our music has become more serious and more mature, so get ready for a manly and emotional album. "Waste7and" is going to be a really accomplished one. It combines the emotional character of the first two and the production maturity of the latest two releases. If everything goes according to plan (as we're still recording), the new Riverside album will simply d e s t r o y you :)

Also this year we’re going on the “Wasteland 2018 Tour” to promote the new album. Below you will find a list of the cities we’re going to visit in the autumn of 2018. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 1st. More info soon!“

In regards to the extended co-operation via a new deal between RIVERSIDE and InsideOutMusic, Thomas Waber, label manager/A&R international InsideOutMusic, checked in with the following comment:

"We have been working with Riverside for a long time now and there is a lot of personal history. The InsideOutMusic family would be very different without them, so I am extremely pleased that the family is staying together. We all miss Piotr dearly, but i am looking forward to this new chapter. You are still with us, Grudzień!"
Here is a list of the upcoming shows by RIVERSIDE announced so far:

RIVERSIDE – Festivals 2018/2019:
21.06.2018 Konin (Poland) - Progressive Evening
23.06.2018 Valkenburg (The Netherlands) - Midsummer Prog Festival
13.07.2018 St. Goarshausen (Germany) - Night Of The Prog Festival XIII
04.-09.02.2019 Tampa to Key West & Cozumel - Cruise To The Edge

RIVERSIDE – “Wasteland 2018 Tour”:
12.10.2018 Gdansk (Poland) - B90
13.10.2018 Poznan (Poland) - Tama
14.10.2018 Wroclaw (Poland) - A2
16.10.2018 Katowice (Poland) - Miasto Ogrodów
17.10.2018 Lódz (Poland) - Magnetofon
18.10.2018 Torun (Poland) - Od Nowa
20.10.2018 Kraków (Poland) - Studio
21.10.2018 Warszawa (Poland) - Hala Kolo
30.10.2018 Berlin (Germany) - Kesselshaus
31.10.2018 Schorndorf (Germany) - Manufaktur
03.11.2018 Lisbon (Portugal) - LAV   
04.11.2018 Madrid (Spain) - MON LIVE
05.11.2018 Barcelona (Spain) - Salamandra 1
06.11.2018 Lyon (France) - CCO
07.11.2018 Paris (France) - La Machine
09.11.2018 Manchester (UK) - Academy 2
10.11.2018 London (UK) - The Electric Ballroom
11.11.2018 Sint Niklaas (Belgium) - Casino
12.11.2018 Utrecht (The Netherlands) - Tivoli Vredenburg
14.11.2018 Hamburg (Germany) - Markthalle
15.11.2018 Oberhausen (Germany) - Turbinenhalle 2
16.11.2018 Pratteln (Switzerland) - Z-7
17.11.2018 Neunkirchen (Germany) - Gloomaar festival

More dates to follow soon…

RIVERSIDE had previously announced guitarist Maciej Meller to complete the band’s line-up for shows after taking a longer break from any live performances due to the tragic passing of founding member and guitarist Piotr Grudziński on February 21st, 2016.

Look out for more news on RIVERSIDE in the coming weeks…