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October 29, 2019

Episode #289 – Spotify Adverts, Gibson Loses Trademarks, And Michelle Moog-Koussa

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Michelle Moog-Koussa is the daughter of the man who’s name is almost synonymous with the word synthesizer – Bob Moog.

Michelle has been the executive director of the Bob Moog Foundation for the 12 years since its inception. She has guided the organization through the creation and growth of  its hallmark educational project, Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool, which inspires thousands of teachers and young children every year through a 10-week experiential science of sound curriculum. 

Michelle has also maintained her vision for a Moogseum, a historical and educational center that houses all of the Foundation’s projects and is home to Bob Moog’s archives. It’s mission is to encourage people of all ages to embrace the process of scientific and creative discovery.

During the interview we spoke about growing up with a famous father, her father’s early days pursuing a concert piano career, his relationship with Leon Theremin, the mission of the Bob Moog Foundation, and much more. Check out her excellent TED talk here.

On the intro I’ll take a look at how labels are now able to place ads for songs on Spotify, and how Gibson lost its trademarks on two iconic instruments.

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