Today, May 23, is the 78th birthday of Robert 'Bob' Moog, an American electronic music pioneer as well inventor of Moog synthesiser.
"Synthesizer" refers to the synthesis embedded in Moog's instruments: a network of electronic components working together to create a whole greater than the sum of the parts.
Google has given their tribute to this legend via a special interactive, playable doodle on its homepage in the form of a Moog synthesiser. You can use your mouse or computer keyboard to control the mini-synthesizer's keys and knobs to make nearly limitless sounds.
The first four letters in the Google logo (G-O-O-G) make up the Mixer, Oscillator, Filter, and Envelope, respectively. The last two letters, lowercase "l" and "e," are made up of curling power cords to the right of the synth.
In the Mixer area, you can control the master volume as well as that of the oscillators. Move your cursor up or down while holding the click on the volume control to make the knobs in each section of the controls spin.
The Oscillator area houses the controls for sound frequency, range, and waveform. Filters allow you to adjust the tone of the system, with options for cutoff, attack, decay, contour, sustain, or glide. In Envelopes, the last controls section, attack, decay or sustain envelopes change the volume curve.
Once you've recorded your own track, Google has built in sharing controls so you can link to it for sharing on social media sites. Moog Music put together a Quick Start Guide for fans who want to master the Moog Doodle.
"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+," posted by Joey Hurst, Software Engineer.
Robert Arthur "Bob" Moog (pronounced /ˈmoʊɡ/ MOHG) (May 23, 1934 - August 21, 2005), founder of Moog Music, was an American pioneer of electronic music, best known as the inventor of the Moog synthesizer.
Bob Moog's innovative electronic design is employed in numerous synthesizers including the Minimoog Model D, Minimoog Voyager, Little Phatty, Moog Taurus Bass Pedals, Moog Minitaur, and the Moogerfooger line of effects pedals. [Wikepedia]