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Googe Doodle Celebrates Les Paul

David Gilbert


Google Doodle Celebrates Les Paul

Sitting in an office all day staring at your computer surrounded by hundreds of other people doing exactly the same thing can be a pretty monotonous existence. In an attempt to alleviate some of that boredom, Google has come up with an interactive doodle which allows you to create your own music.

Google is celebrating the life and work of Lester William Polsfuss, better known to you and me as Les Paul, guitarist, songwriter, inventor and genius. Les Paul, who died in 2009, pioneered the solid-body electric guitars which made the sound of rock and roll possible – reaching its pinnacle with the Gibson Les Paul. Today would have been the guitarist’s 96th birthday and to celebrate, Google has re-designed its logo to look like a guitar – but they've gone one step further and made it interactive so everyone can play a few chords.

Google Doodle Les Paul

Simply rolling your mouse over the strings you get the familiar sounds of an electric guitar. This has been achieved through a combination of HTML 5 Canvas (to draw the guitar strings), CSS, JavaScript and Flash (for the sound) as well as some of Google’s own tools. Users in the US will be able to hit the black compose button under the second ‘g’ and record their own 30-second track. You can just strum the strings or trigger notes with the letters or numbers on your keyboards. Clicking the button again will display a link to share the songs you’ve made.

For those of us in the UK, we’ll just have to gather our work colleagues around our desk to let them hear just how good we are on the virtual guitar – or you could get everyone to play at the same time and create your very own band.

Source: Google Blog

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