In between watching the New York Rangers playoff game, my son, Ben, who is fifteen, was relaxing on the sofa with his ever-present Mac Book.
“Mom,” he called. “Go to Google, NOW.” I heard what sounded like electronic music, but didn’t know what it was. Then, as I tapped G-o-o-g-l-e on my keyboard, the image of the Google oscillator appeared and, I too, totally by instinct, started to play.
Today’s Google Doodle is a tribute to Robert Moog, the musical innovator who would have turned 78 today and created the electronic Moog Synthesizer. “The new Doodle really came out of the love for what Bob Moog did by creating the Moog synthesizer. This is our most technically ambitious Doodle yet,” Ryan Germick, Google’s chief doodler (his real title!) said. The chief software engineer of the Moog Doodle, Joey Hurst, even designed it so you can use your keyboard and the number row to play the keys. You can record, play back, and share songs with a link or on Google+.