In the mid-1960s, Dr. Robert Moog unleashed a fresh universe of sounds into musicdom with his invention of the electronic analog Moog Synthesizer. The timbre and tones of these keyboard instruments (fair works of art in and of themselves) would come to define a generation of music, featuring heavily in songs by The Beatles, The Doors, Stevie Wonder, Kraftwerk and many others.
When human beings hear the term “synthesizer” they often reckon “synthetic”—fake, manufactured, unnatural. In contrast, Bob Moog’s synthesizers produce gorgeous, organic and rich sounds that are, nearly 50 years later, regarded by many professional musicians as the epitome of an electronic instrument. “Synthesizer,” it turns outside, refers to the synthesis embedded in Moog’s instruments: a network of electronic components working together to constitute a whole greater than the sum of the parts.
With his passion for high-tech toolmaking in the supply of creativity, Bob Moog is something of a patron saint of the nerdy arts and a hero to many of us here. So for the following 24 hours on our homepage, you’ll find an interactive, playable logo inspired by the instruments with which Moog brought musical performance into the electronic age. You can employ your mouse or machine keyboard to control the mini-synthesizer’s keys and knobs to constitute nearly limitless sounds. Keeping with the theme of 1960s music technology, we’ve patched the keyboard into a 4-track tape recorder so you can record, play back and share songs via small links or Google+.
Special thanks to engineers Reinaldo Aguiar and Rui Lopes and doodle team lead Ryan Germick for their employment, as well as the Bob Moog Foundation and Moog Music for their blessing. Immediately give those knobs a spin and compose a tune that would constitute Dr. Moog smile!
Posted by Joey Hurst, Software Engineer
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