Google doodles an interactive synthesizer doodle to celebrate Robert Moog ‘s 78th birthday, the music innovator.
Robert Moog, the music innovator, is commemorated by a Google doodle appearing as the Google doodle on 23th May on the search engine giant’s homepage on his 78th birthday. The animated Google doodle is incorporated into an electronic synthesiser which can be ‘ played ‘ by clicking on its keys using a mouse cursor or numpad on your keyboard.
Google has doodled another intercative logo last year to commemorate Les Paul on its 96th birthday, the Google doodle back then was a guitar which could also be ‘ played ‘ and regarded as the best Google doodle logo ever.
The usual Google logo has been replaced by an interactive synthesizer doodle to mark the 78th birth anniversary of innivative Robert Moog.
The Google doodle features a synthesizer letting Google users compose music of their choice, be it meledical or an abuse to other’s ears. To the right of the google doodle synthesizer is a 4-track tape recorder that lets users record, play back the recorded music and share songs via short links on Google+. Google searc engine users can apply your mouse or keyboard on the Robert Moog doodle’s keys and dials to evocate nearly infinite sounds.
Do you know Robert Moog and his vision featured with Google doodle ?
Born on May 23, 1934 in Queens, New York, Robert Moog, also konown as Bob Moog, had a strong passion for electronics, and used to consider himself a geeky, socially awkward kid. Moog’s father George Moog was an electrical engineer for Con Edison. So, Bob, from an early age, built small radios, amplifiers, three note organs and other such projects in the basement workshop with his father.
His father has encouraged him to build electronics from an early age, and by 14, he had built his first electronic instrument – a theremin.
According to Moog’s foundation, “At the age of 14, Bob built his first theremin and a life-long love was born. Bob was taken by the elegant design and expressive nature of this early electronic musical instrument and dedicated much of his spare time, when he wasn’t attending the Bronx High School of Science or practicing the piano, perfecting his own design and studying the design of his idol, Leon Theremin.”
The life of Robert Moog the hero of today’s Google doodle was dedicated to electronics
When he was 19, Bob published his first article named ‘ The Theremi ‘ in Radio and Television News, in January 1954. That article engendered requests from readers for Bob to create a theremin kit for sale, and thus R.A. Moog, Co. was born.
Bob studied at Queens College and Columbia University in New York City where he obtained his bachelors in physics and his masters in electrical engineering. After completing his masters, he moved to Ithaca, New York in 1957 to obtain his Ph.D. in engineering physics, and married Shirley Leigh in 1958.
Robert Moog met Herb Deutsch, an experimental jazz musician and Hofstra professor, at a New York State Educator’s Music Conference in 1963. Moog joined hands with Herb Deutsch, and invented the Moog synthesizer in 1964, which revolutionised the face of almost every genre of music and today is the Google doodle logo to be viewed by millions of internet users.
Robert Moog was honoured with Grammy for technical achievements in 2002
With the release in 1968 of the popular album Switched-On Bach, performed by Walter Carlos entirely on the Moog synthesizer, the instrument’s popularity took off.
In 1972 Robert Moog changed the company’s name to Moog Music. Poor management led to Moog’s departure from his own company in 1977. In 1978, Robert Moog began making electronic musical instruments again with a new company, Big Briar.
In 2002 Bob Robert Moog was honoured with a Grammy Award for technical achievements. He sadly passed away of a brain tumour on August 21, 2005.
The legendary Door’s used Moog synthesizers. The Moog synthesiser is still popular today, even in the digital era, with many DJs not shy using it while performing.