Five Reasons to Get Moog-y With It

Last winter, Santa Barbara became the world center of Moog — the analog synthesizer invented by Bob Moog that many consider the genesis of synth and electronica — when Nick Montoya and Steve Fortner hosted an evening at Velvet Jones for the planet’s top enthusiasts. Next Wednesday, July 19, relive the feeling at Elsie’s on De la Guerra Street, when the Volt Per Octaves — Montoya’s collaboration with his wife Anna — returns to town. Here are five reasons to Moog out.

[1] The Volt Per Octaves’ debut album Sleeping In hits retailers worldwide two days before the gig, on Monday, July 17, and, if the Internet is your friend, can be bought on

[2] The Montoyas moved to Humboldt County in October 2005, which makes this show a homecoming. Even better, the Volt Per Octaves are moving back to town in August.

[3] Opening for the Octaves will be electronica providers Small Dot Complex.

[4] The show is part of a tour of the West Coast, from Seattle to Los Angeles, in support of the debut.

[5] Anna Montoya’s song about her daughter “Eva Natalia” was remixed on the album from mellow to dance clubbish by producer Anthony J. Resta, a k a Ajax, who’s worked with the likes of Perry Farrell, Duran Duran, and Sir Elton John.

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