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Do you say “Moooog” or “Moag”? It’s a question of minor importance to music nerds of the world who insist that the latter pronunciation is the correct one when referring to synthesizers created by the late Robert Moog.
The thought of pronunciation and general music nerdiness came to mind when delving into the work of the duo called Dialoog.
They’re childhood friends from Rotterdam with an Ottawa connection. Their groovy, Moog-recalling name is simply the Dutch word for “dialogue” which is what musicians Yuri Bakker (keys, synths, samples) and Michael Powell (drums, percussion, samples) attempt to do through music — they talk in a kind of call-and-response format.