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Today's Google doodle to mark Robert Moog's 78th birthday

To commemorate the 78th birthday of late Robert Moog, the inventor of the electronic synthesizer, Google has come up with yet another interactive doodle.

india Updated: May 23, 2012 14:03 IST
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To commemorate the 78th birthday of late Robert Moog, the inventor of the electronic synthesizer, Google has come up with yet another interactive doodle.


A visit to google today would not just leave music lovers gaping in awe but also the not-so-musical person. The google doodle is intrinsically designed, with a synthesizer that has knobs for oscillators, mixers, filter and envelope and allows the user to make virtual music. It's one of those doodles that would make the user glance at it for more than a second, if not mull over it for minutes.

Robert Moog's 'Moog synthesizer' is an innovation that inspired many and has also been used to create other synthesizers which usually include the Minimoog Voyager, Little Phatty, Moog Minitaur, Moog Taurus Bass Pedals, Minimoog Model D, the Animoog ios app, and the Moogerfooger line of effects pedals.

Moog earned his bachelor's degree in Physics from from Queens College, New York (1957) and also a Ph.D. in engineering physics from Cornell University. He founded his first company in 1953 — R.A. Moog Co. — which produced mail-order theremin kits for hobbyists. In 1964, he developed the first voltage-controlled subtractive synthesizer to make use of a keyboard.

Moog received a Grammy Trustees Award for lifetime achievement in 1970.

He died on August 21, 2005, due to brain tumour.