American electrical engineer Robert ‘Bob’ Moog, has been featured in a Google doodle today to celebrate his 78th birth anniversary.
Google has marked the birthday of music pioneer Robert Moog by creating a ‘Doodle’ in the form of an interactive electronic synthesizer which can be played by clicking on its keys using a cursor.
Users can create music by clicking the keys of this virtual synthesizer with their mouse/touchpad or via the number keys. There’s an option to fiddle around with various settings of this keyboard in order to get the best audio output. If that was not enough, the doodle also offers users the option to record their musical creations and play them back. If you are happy with what you hear and want to share with friends, then Google gives an option to share the recorded compositions through Google+.
The Moog doodle is the second time a Google doodle has appeared in the form of a musical instrument. Last year, the search giant honored guitar legend Les Paul with a doodle in the form of a playable guitar.
Moog was born in New York in 1934 and was building and selling Theremins with his father from 1954 onwards. In 1963 he designed and built his first modular synthesizer with voltage-controlled oscillators and amplifiers, and other controllers that turned sounds on or off and could change their pitch and modulation rates.
He graduated with a Ph.D. in Engineering Physics from Cornell in 1965 and shortly after founded a company to start selling his Moog Modular Synthesizers.
In 2002 he was honored with a Grammy Award for technical achievements. Moog died of a brain tumor on August 21, 2005 at the age of 71.
Robert Moog Musical Google Doodle Youtube Video
How to play the Robert Moog’s electronic synthesizer Musical Doodle
Google recently added the Web Audio API to Google Chrome. It provides, “Really high-quality, low-latency audio” in the browser, but not in all Web browsers. Outside of Chrome, the Moog Doodle turns into pure Flash.
The Google Moog has 19 full-functioning knobs, one wheel, a switch and four tracks that let you record up to 30 seconds of overlaid audio. You can play, record and share, via a link or Google Plus.