After launching into space on July 16, 1969 – the Apollo 11 crew landed on the moon’s surface. The news soundtrack was straight from a Moog IIIc modular synthesizer — and the mind of the brilliant early Moogist Mort Garson.

Journey to the Moon and Beyond finds even more new facets to Mort Garson’s sound, showcasing the Moogist’s many moods: sweet, exploratory, whimsical, a little bit corny, weaving it all together in a glorious whole. 

For decades, this audio was presumed lost, the only trace of it appearing in an old YouTube clip. Thankfully, diligent audio archivist Andy Zax came across a copy of the master tape while going through the massive Rod McKuen archive. 

This LP includes Garson’s soundtrack to the live broadcast of the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing, as first heard on CBS News. Across six minutes, the track “Moon Journey”  conjures broad fantasias, whirring moon craft sounds, zero-gravity squelches, and twinkling études.

Track List

01 Zoos of the World
02 The Big Game Hunters See the Cheetah
03 Western Dragon (Pt 3)
04 Western Dragon (Pt 2)
05 Moon Journey
06 Music for Advertising #6
07 Black Eye (Main Theme)
08 Western Dragon (Pt 1)
09 Music for Advertising #7
10 Captain DJ Disco UFO (Pt II)
11 Three TV IDs
12 Music for Advertising #8
13 Love Is a Garden
14 The D-Bee’s Cat Boogie
15 Black Eye (End Credits)

The LP is available directly from Bob Moog foundation and can be found at several streaming platforms.