Gary Numan, one of the founding fathers of synth-pop, is the recipient of the 2016 Moog Innovation Award.
In a statement issued today, Moog Music fetes Numan for his extraordinary impact on three generations of music, whose music has inspired a broad spectrum of artists, from Trent Reznor to Radiohead and GZA.
By “replacing guitars with heavily effected synthesizers,” Moog Music notes, “Numan’s early work is almost single handedly responsible for introducing post-punk electronica into the popular consciousness, while propelling synth music beyond Prog Rock to inspire the wave of 80s synth pop that soon followed.”
The British electronic music pioneer joins past honorees Devo, Brian Eno and Thomas Dolby.
Numan, notes Moog Music, is a “manifestation of electronic culture’s progressive nature to explore the limits of traditional sound and develop new mechanisms for expression.”
The honor is typically bestowed at the annual music, art and technology festival that is Moogfest. This year’s three-day festival will run May 19-22, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. Numan has already been confirmed for a three-night headline residency at this year’s fest.