Google adorns its search page today with a bright red piano to commemorate Robert Moog’s 78th birthday. The new Google Doodle is an addition to the list of doodles designed to remember visionaries of the past.
Robert Moog, fondly known as Bob Moog, is the inventor of the Moog synthesizer and a progenitor of Electronic Music. He’s the Moog responsible for music synthesizers like the Minimoog Voyager, Moog Minitaur, Moog Tauras Bas Pedal and the Moogerfooger line of pedals (my favourite from the list solely because of its name).
The Robert Moog Google Doodle gives people some time off from their compulsive keyword searching to create music. The interactive Google Doodle is in the form of a piano, which is connected to a full range of electronic mixers; that’s where the homage to Mr. Moog comes in. The whole set up is attached to a recorder that can record user generated tracks and plays them back too. On looking deeply, you can even see the letters of the word ‘Google’ on the workstation of the piano.
All in all, the Doodle gives musicians and non-musicians alike the freedom to make sweet music to honour the birthday of a man whom they didn’t even know existed! I’ve created a few tracks using this Google Doodle so check it out here.