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Announcing Suzanne Ciani as the Recipient of the 2017 Moog Innovation Award

We’re pleased to announce that Suzanne Ciani will receive the 2017 Moog Innovation Award.

Ciani, the first woman to receive the award, superseded many of her male contemporaries as a synthesist, sound designer, and composer. Well known as an early protege and long-time devotee of Don Buchla’s, and a friend of Bob Moog’s, her use of synthesizers created entirely new sounds that opened minds around the globe to electronic music as a valid form of expression. From her synthesized soundscapes in the advertorial world (like the famous Coca Cola “pop and pour” sound) to her multidimensional synth albums (like Seven Waves), Ciani has expanded the very possibilities of synthesizers and inspired others to do the same. She is a five-time Grammy nominated composer and the first woman to score a Hollywood film. Her work has been featured in countless commercials, video games, and feature films.

Today, Ciani continues to inspire generosity, curiosity, and experimentation for a resurgent, multi-generational community of synth-enthusiasts and electronic music fans. Ciani’s 4-hour durational performance at Moogfest 2016 modulated between a rolling quadraphonic soundscape, stories about her early days working in New York, and tips for operating rare Buchla synths while spatializing audio. Ciani returns to Moogfest 2017 to receive the Moog Innovation award, where she will be celebrated in a workshop, featured conversation and performance, as well as host a screening of a recently released documentary about her innovative life in electronic music.

Suzanne Ciani will be presented with the 2017 Moog Innovation Award at Moogfest in Durham, NC on May 20 at 2:30 PM in The Power Plant at the American Tobacco Campus (320 Blackwell Street, 27701). For more information on Moogfest, visit