When Jeffrey Wubbenhorst (Class of 2019) began to restore a decommissioned synthesizer for his independent study, he wasn't sure what it would lead to. Fast forward a semester, and the Duke student and his refurbished Moog Synthesizer 1c – affectionately nicknamed "Misty" or "Mystery Moog" – have landed at Moogfest 2016: a mecca for engineers, futurists and electronic artists.
Wubbenhorst explains what a synthesizer is, how synthesizers draw upon several specialties ranging from calculus to psychoacoustics, and what the synthesizer could mean for interdisciplinary learning at Duke University. He also discusses his work with the Innovation Co-Lab, a creativity incubator at Duke.
Wubbenhorst is an undergraduate student in Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering, where he studies electrical engineering, computer science and music. He aspires to start an analog synth lab on campus.
Moogfest is annual celebration of the life of Robert Moog, inventor and synthesizer pioneer. The event draws artists, entrepreneurs, futurist thinkers, musicians and engineers. In May 2016, the festival relocated to Durham, NC.