I met Jon at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville back in 2009.
A few week later he emailed me the text of a very interesting old letter. – Chris
16nov64 – Letter to Jon Hassell
Electronic Music – The Early Years
I had a very interesting experience about one week ago. A gentleman, Mr. Robert Moog, who claims to know of you, visited Washington and demonstrated a compact electronic studio. He claims to be the only man in the country building and designing equipment solely for the creation of electronic music. He was tremendously impressed with your proposals. [For – among other things – applying the principles of electronic music manipulation to the video domain.]
He stated that he would be able to provide much of the equipment called for in those proposals at the same quality or better at considerably less cost. He also demonstrated equipment (in a crude state of development) which could provide great flexibility with extremely simple manipulation involved, almost to the point of being able to improvise an electronic composition – to be recorded or not.
He is going to send me descriptive material and quotations, copies of which I will either forward to you or hold for your interest and considerations.
Head, Music Department
Washington D. C. 20016
June 14, 2023 – I produced this tribute to Jon last night.