Google Doodle Pays Tribute To Robert Moog Through A Hackable, Recordable Synthesizer

Today’s Google Doodle will surely blow your mind, ears and fingers.

If you are fond of music (almost anyone on this earth is), expect to waste a couple of hours gazing the Google homepage and randomly hitting keys to create the “Moog effect”.

Google has recreated the Les paul with todays Google doodle. By featuring a full featured synthesizer (electronic keyboard or modern version of the classical piano) on its homepage, the doodle is paying tribute to Robert “Bob” Moog – the inventor of Moog synthesizer and a pioneer of electronic music in America.


When compared to Les Paul, this doodle is far more complex but if you can manage the modes well, the sound flows and feels really crispy. The doodle is by no means limited to only “playing”; you can record a song in the Moog synthesizer doodle and share the recording through a short URL. Pretty neat!

Play Twinkle Twinkle On The Moog Synthesizer Google Doodle

Remember the good old days of Kindergarten, singing baby jingles in groups? Want to play a simple tune on the Moog synthesizer Google doodle? We have got you covered!

Here is the notation and keys for Twinkle Twinkle Little star (keyed in C major):

rr ii oo I (Twinkle, twinkle, little star,)
uu yy tt r (How I wonder what you are.)
i iu uy yt  (Up above the world so high,)
i iu uy yt  (Like a diamond in the sky.)
rr ii oo I (Twinkle, twinkle, little star)
uu yy tt r (How I wonder what you are.)

Sweet? You bet.

Play Titanic On The Moog Synthesizer Google Doodle

Another very famous song which is easy to play and touches your soul. Try hitting the following notes (keyboard pattern):

rt ty tr ti
ui io iu yt

op p[ po i
ui io iu yt

rt ty tr ti
uy tr w  q

r rr r er
r er t yt
r rr r er
r er rt q

r (hold)
t (hold)
q i uyt
y uy t er
t er rt q

Mix Those Filters – Hack The Doodle to Create Your Own Techno Sound

If you play around with the given filters, mixer, envelopes and oscillators, you would be able to create your own techno sound in the moog Synthesizer doodle. It takes some time to master the operation of the filters but once you have got the hang of it, you just can’t stop hitting those keys. To get the best results, keep all the filters to their default state and slowly alter the value of one filter. Next, keep the earlier filter as it is and move on to the next, you will have to go through a number of trial and errors until you figure out your own “doodly sound”.

For example, it took me less than half an hour to create this techno sound – If you are from India, you will know that this tune is a combination of two very famous ad jingles (Reliance and Airtel).

I hope Google will preserve this doodle and give this piece the honor it deserves – a permanent homepage. The other doodles who have already managed a permanent home are Pacman and Les Paul.

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Amit Banerjee

Amit has been writing for Techie Buzz since early 2009 and keeps a close eye on web apps, Google and all things Tech. He also writes at his own tech blog, Ampercent. Follow him on Twitter @ amit_banerjee