Google has done it again – it has put out another creative Google Doodle to celebrate someone most people may not know anything about. Happy 78th birthday to the late Robert “Bob” Moog, pioneer of electronic music and inventor of the Moog synthesizer. The Doodle is playable and you even record your music and play it back, which is pretty cool.
Moog was quite the scholar, earning a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University in New York City and then earning his Ph.D in engineering physics from Cornell. At the age of 30, in 1964, Moog created his first synthesizer. It was a voltage-controlled instrument that used a keyboard as the controller.
His first widely-used synthesizers were the Minimoogs Model D, produced by his company Moog Music. Moog’s instruments were used by such artists as Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Rick Wakeman of Yes and composer John Cage.
Moog was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumor in April 2005 and died just a few months later, at the age of 71. Wednesday, May 23, 2012 would have been his 78th birthday.
And PS: Moog has made it known that his name rhymes with “vogue” – it does not sound like a cow’s moo with a g on the end.