Google’s Recordable, Interactive Moog Doodle Honors “Sonic Doodler” Bob Moog, Inventor of the Synthesizer

Honoring the inventor of the synthesizer, Robert A. Moog (rhymes with “vogue”), Google’s interactive, recordable “Moog Doodle” is undoubtedly keeping music and sound pros and novices entertained today.

The web-based interactive synthesizer is a precise replica of the Minimoog Model D, a newer model of the instrument that basically changed the sound of popular music in the 1970s. Major musicians in genres from progressive rock to jazz, to reggae adopted Moog’s instruments, opting for the synthesizers’ sonic characteristics over the sounds of organic instruments, which laid the groundwork for future musicians.

Prolific artists like The Beatles, Bob Marley, The Doors, Stevie Wonder, and Kraftwerk are just a few who pioneered the synthesizer’s integration into mainstream music and sound design.

Google's Moog Doodle, tribute to synthesizer inventor, Bob Moog(Images courtesy of Moogmusic.com and Google.)

Today marks Moog’s 78th birthday, and although it’s been nearly 50 years since he merged the engineering and music industries with his ground-breaking instruments, Google notes that many professional musicians still consider Moog’s synthesizer the “epitome of electronic instrument.”

“With his passion for high-tech tool-making in the service of creativity, Bob Moog is something of a patron saint of the nerdy arts and a hero to many of us here,” says Google on its official blog.

Moog’s legacy has certainly impacted students earning their Digital Media degree at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, who study sound design in three Digital Audio Design courses, exploring the multifaceted electronic tools and software like Avid Pro Tools and Reason to develop sound effects and music for video.

Moogmusic.com has featured a video with Moog’s chief engineer, Cyril Lance, who provides an overview of the Moog Doodle capabilities.

Moog Chief Engineer, Cyril Lance, Demonstrates Google’s Moog Doodle

“We’d like to thank Google for honoring Bob’s birthday with such a cool doodle. We know Bob would have loved this,” says Lance in the video above. “We hope we’ve shown you that everybody can enjoy creating sounds on an analog synthesizer, and that it inspires you to continue your musical journey.”

Moog is also offering special deals on certain products, including the Animoog iPhone app for .99 cents today.

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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