Robert Moog: Father of the Synthesizer Gets Google Doodle
Bob Moog: Father of Electronic Music
Google Australia is celebrating the birthday of Robert Moog with a playable Moog synthesizer. You can twiddle the knobs, play the keys, and record/play back what you've just churned out.
Hopefully the rest of the world's Google landing pages will follow suit. Once you're done tapping into your inner Brian Eno, you can check out Moog, a documentary on Bob Moog's work and influence.
Already a theremin manufacturer, Robert Moog invented one of the world's first electronic instruments: his Moog synthesizer is definitely the most well-known. This is because, unlike his earlier competitors, Robert Moog fitted his synths with a piano-like keyboard interface. Those raised on 80's syth riffs take this as a no-brainer, but, in the mid-1960s, it was quite the opposite.
Born May 23, 1934, Robert Moog died from a brain tumor on August 21, 2005. "Moog" rhymes with "vogue", by the way.