If you have not headed over to Google, that most inventive of search engines, yet today, there’s still a chance to catch one of their infamous interactive doodles.
Honouring what would have been the 78th birthday of Robert Moog, the doodle features a keyboard connected to a synthesizer on which you can change several different settings in order to hear the effect it makes on the notes. You can even record a little tune and then play it back to yourself, get a permanent link to it, or share it on Google+. This one is sure to provide hours of entertainment for those with a love of music: my challenge to you, Nerdscoop readers, is to make the best ditty you can and share a link to it here on the comments page. The best of them all will receive a glamorous prize of… eternal glory.
Robert Moog was originally from New York, born in 1934, and by age fourteen he had managed to build his first Theremin – a sign of skills to come. In the 1960s he was the inventor of the transforming musical synthesizer, known more commonly as a synth, and his Moog synthesizer is still popular amongst DJs and other musicians today. There is even an app – the Animoog – that uses his system, as well as many variations on the synth and a line of effects pedals known as the ‘Moogerfooger’s. Although he sadly died from a brain tumour at the age of 71 in 2005, the doodle today shows that he is still respected and honoured amongst the music community. The Bob Moog Foundation continues to work in his memory, aiming to further develop electronic music – Moog’s life’s work.
I’m sure you’ve had enough of a history lesson now, though – you must be itching to go try it for yourself. Go on then – off you go!