May 23, 2012 marks what would have been the 78th birthday of electronic music pioneer Dr. Robert Moog. Today’s Google Doodle is a working Moog synthesizer that can be played with your mouse or keyboard. Not sure how to make melodies and harmonies with the instrument? Find out how here!
Google’s interactive deck, an online version of the Moog electronic synthesizer (which I’m tempted to call “Moogle”), has playable keys and sounds which can be altered by clicking on on-screen knobs and buttons. Mashable has explained which switch does what and you can even record your curt compositions once you’ve gotten the hang of it! Check out the infographic above to learn how to play.
New York-born Moog’s self-named synthesisers turned electric currents into sound, influencing bands like the Beach Boys and the Beatles before influencing what would become electronica and dance music.
Moog’s synthesisers became a trademark of many genres through the Seventies, influencing everything from funk acts such as Parliament to prog rock. ‘I’m an engineer. I see myself as a toolmaker and the musicians are my customers. They use the tools,’ he said in 2000. Moog died from a brain tumour in August 2005 at 71.
Artists like Kanye West and M83 owe their music to Dr. Robert Moog’s invention so we expect them to have a field day with today’s Google Doodle.