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Google doodle lets you play Moog synthesizer

May 22, 2012 at 2:32 PM ET

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Tribute to the birth of Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog synthesizer.

Wednesday's Google doodle honors the birth of Moog synthesizer creator Robert Moog, and it gives you the chance to play the synthesizer, similar to what Google did last year with a guitar that honored the birth of Les Paul.

The doodle lets you try your hand literally on the synthesizer, invented by Moog in 1964. You can also record your sounds as well, adjusting the mixer, oscillators, filter and envelope as you please.

Moog, born in Queens, N.Y. May 23, 1934, created his synthesizer in 1964, and it changed the shape of modern music, including rock, used by artists from The Beatles, on their album "Abbey Road," to Goldfrapp and Dr. Dre.  Wikipedia has a long list of musicians who have used the Moog synthesizer.

Moog, who died in 2005, "considered himself a geeky, socially awkward kid with a passion for electronics," according to the Bob Moog Foundation:

From an early age Bob built small radios, amps, three note organs and other such projects in the basement workshop  with his father George Moog, who was an electrical engineer for Con Edison. At age 14, Bob built his first theremin and a life-long love was born. Bob was taken by the elegant design and expressive nature of this early electronic musical instrument and dedicated much of his spare time, when he wasn’t attending the Bronx High School of Science or practicing the piano, perfecting his own design and studying the design of his idol, Leon Theremin.

Moog went on to get a Ph.D. in engineering physics. Not only did Moog create a fabulous electronic instrument, but he continues to inspire the rest of us who, while not have such an impressive degree, are similarly, also "geeky," "socially awkward" with that "passion for electronics."

— Via The Next Web

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