Today’s Google Doodle Is…

a functional Moog synthesizer, in honor of Bob Moog’s 78th birthday. Moog died in 2005, but the analog synths he invented beginning in the 1950s introduced technology to music in a whole new way. Unlike the Mellotron, which used tape loops [CORRECTION: it used strips, not loops], the Moog generated sounds electronically. After a lifetime of listening to prog rock, I’ve probably heard more Moog than a normal person ever should, but it really can do wonderful things in the hands of a master.

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  • victor

    On this we can DEFINITELY agree! Though my Moog appreciation is more from the jazz/funk/soul side of things, as the Minimoog Model D got used on just about everything in the ’70s and ’80s.

  • Clare Krishan

    Sorry ignoramus that I am – hubbie shared this neat video thank-you note from Moog’s chief engineer Cyril Lance
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkGlctY5zM4
    explaining how Google’s Moog synthesizer is “made in the image of’ the original. What a gift!

    Will this doodle become a permanent exhibit? IMHO would be a great gift to classic great-book teachers on math’s relationship to music (ye olde quadrivium) no?

  • http://www.godandthemachine.com Thomas L. McDonald

    Thanks for the links. That’s a great little video.

    I was wondering about where the doodles go when I posted this, and I’m just about to post the answer.

  • David Shapiro

    Unlike the Mellotron which used tape loops….. The Mellotron never used tape loops. They were fixed lengths of tape each approx six feet long that had approx eight seconds playing time. Reason? Attack and decay. With loops – not.


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