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The Moog Google Doodle
Today would have been Robert Moog’s 78th birthday, and to celebrate Google have featured a fully playable mini Moog virtual synthesizer on their homepage. The Moog keyboard is one of Google’s best doodles yet! Well, we think so anyway.
You have to wonder if back in the ‘60s, Robert Moog knew that his creation would end up defining a whole generation of music. The introduction of the Moog electronic analog synthesizer brought us sounds that no one had really ever heard before. “The timbre and tones of these keyboard instruments are true works of art in and of themselves.”
Most are deceived by the term ‘synthesizer’. Many of us think these instruments are synthetic, artificial and unnatural, which may be true for some modern synths that have been modelled, from synths that were modelled from better synths and so on. What gained the Moog synth so much respect is that it produced rich and organic sounds that are, to this day, recognised by professional musicians everywhere to be the epitome of an electronic instrument.
Use your mouse or computer keyboard to play the keys and fiddle with the control knobs to make your own sounds. Record and sample your own work with the “fitting” 4-track tape recorder and you can even share your recordings.
Minor Keys: number keys
Major Keys: letter keys
Pitch Bend: up/down keys (default)
Filter/Effect Activation: right/left keys
Controls: up/down keys
Or if you're really planning on getting into this, then check out the Moog Doodle Quick Start Guide here.