May 23, 2012

Google celebrates the 78th birthday of Robert Moog.

Play it!

More here: "Google Crafts Playable Bob Moog Synthesizer Doodle."
The playable doodle features his signature Moog synthesizer, with all the accompanying bells and whistles. A quick-start guide on moogmusic.com provides details on how to play the doodle, which also allows users to record their creations and share them with friends. A demonstration is also available in the video below.
So record something and tell us about it in the comments.

7 comments:

Scott said...

It should be noted that Robert Moog died in 2005.

Mitchell said...

I was able to use the Moog to play a bunch of stuff by Bach but now I'm feeling the urge to turn myself into a woman.

Strelnikov said...

I decline. The invention of the synthesizer was a black day for music, and led to an insufferable string of prog rock morons beeping and booping away in an effort to transform rock into something it wasn't, and isn't. While every man's death may diminish me, this dead guy's invention continues to annoy beyond the grave.

Strelnikov said...

Sorry. This should read that is "will" annoy from beyond the grave. Thought he was dead.

Astro said...

The invention of the ___ was a black day for music, and led to an insufferable string of ___ morons beeping and _____ away in an effort to transform _____ into something it wasn't, and isn't.
Yeah.
It's Mad Libs time. Anyone can play.
Fill in the blank with your least favorite instrument (trombone/trumpet/electric guitar) a music style (baroque), annoying verb sound you don't like (squawking), and a kind of music you do like (classical).

Like any instrument, how musical it is depends on the player. For ex., I have long enjoyed, and will always enjoy, W. Carlos' version of the Third Brandeburg Concerto.

Drew W said...

Ha. That was kind of fun. It's hard to play the bassline to Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon" with a mouse, I find. But if you hold the button down on the mouse and just drag it across the keyboard, it makes an enjoyably ugly-sounding glissando.

Drew W said...

When the early synths brought Moog his first notoriety, it was pointed out that his name was not pronounced to rhyme with "fugue," but rather to rhyme with "vogue." I always thought that with so many people mispronouncing the brand name, they simply gave up and started using the long u sound rather than the long o sound. (In an interview with Moog himself on the moogmusic website, he of course uses the long o pronunciation.)