Google Turns its Logo into a Playable Moog Synth

Synth fans get the chance to geek out today (23 May) as Google has turned its homepage logo into a fully playable Moog synthesiser.

The feature is in celebration of the popular synth’s inventor, Dr Robert Moog, who was born in New York on 23 May 1934. The logo is a fun and faithful recreation with working keys, switches and dials.

In a nod to the present day, you can even record what you play onto a virtual reel-to-reel tape deck and share it on Google’s social networking service. 

The synthesiser that carried Moog’s name made its first appearance in the mid 1960s, and was later used on records by the Beatles, The Doors and The Monkees, among many others. Moog died in 2005.

Google’s occasional logo Doodles are usually static pieces of artwork but they have been getting increasingly elaborate and interactive. The Moog Doodle follows its playable electric guitar in honour of Les Paul in June 2011.

The Google museum of previous Doodles can be found here.

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