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Re: OT: sequencer inventor

Bob Moog said:
>"oh, [the sequencer] was an idea I copped from Don Buchla."

At 3:12 PM -0800 11/19/01, Bret wrote:

>I don't doubt that Moog said that.  However, I was under the impression
>that Raymond Scott was the 'inventor' of the the musical sequencer.

I think this is a matter that needs to be put to Bob Moog himself, 
because he credits both Scott and Buchla with inspiring his sequencer 

It may be that both are true in some fashion. The specific design of 
Buchla's control voltage sequencer modules is probably closer to 
Moog's later design than was Scott's early design.

In any case it is certainly true that Scott beat Buchla to the punch 
by a few years. Unfortunately, he kept it a closely guarded secret. 
Buchla's sequencer was certainly the first one that received general 

BTW - I highly recommend Raymond Scott's wonderful book and CD set: 
144 pages filled with articles, interviews, photos, drawings, 
schematics, and two CDs of Scott's music.


Richard Zvonar, PhD
(818) 788-2202