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Google Pays Tribute To Moog With Interactive Synthesiser Doodle

Google has gone to town with an interactive doodle this morning, celebrating the 78th anniversary of the birth of Robert Moog.

Robert Moog, born in New York on this day in 1934, was the inventor of the famous Moog synthesiser, and also the Minimoog, along with various other bits of technical music-based gadgetry.

The doodle is one of the most intricate we've ever seen, featuring a fully playable Moog. Previously Google implemented a playable Les Paul guitar as an interactive doodle a year ago, but all you could do was have a bit of a strum on that.

The Moog doodle allows you to play the keys by clicking them, or running your mouse down them. There's also a bank of knobs and switches which can be twiddled and flicked to customise the sound. The knobs along the top spell out the word "Goog", with a couple of wires at the end adding an "le" to make the search engine's logo.

Those wires hook the interactive virtual instrument up to a tape recorder, which is usable too. Simply click record, play a tune, and you can then play it back and listen to your ditty. Although in our case, we wished we hadn't. The Les Paul guitar doodle also featured a recording facility...

This fancy doodle hasn't been done simply to please the web surfing masses, though, as there's something of an ulterior motive behind it.

Google urges you to: "Upgrade to a modern browser and see what this doodle can really do," at the bottom of the screen, complete with a link to upgrade to Chrome. Comparing the doodle's performance in Firefox and then Chrome, when sliding the mouse cursor along the keys, the playing action did seem smoother in Google's browser.