Google loves to celebrate the birthdays of men and women who achieve major huge technological or artistic greatness. Today happens to be the day when the late Robert Moog would have celebrated his 78th birthday. Moog is credited with making the first commercial music synthesizer in the 1960s.
Today, Google's website celebrates Moog's birthday by creating a custom logo, or doodle, that allows people to use a virtual version of the Moog Synthesizer. The official Google blog has more information about this unique interactive project.
The blog states:
You can use your mouse or computer keyboard to control the mini-synthesizer’s keys and knobs to make nearly limitless sounds. Keeping with the theme of 1960s music technology, we’ve patched the keyboard into a 4-track tape recorder so you can record, play back and share songs via short links or Google+.
The Google Moog has 19 knobs, all of which can be manipulated. It also has a wheel, a switch and four tracks. The end result is that users can record up to 30 seconds of music with this interactive logo. While other browsers will use the Flash plugin, users of Google's Chrome browser will hear sound generated by the Web Audio API while using the Google Moog.
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