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Google Doodle 'playable synth' marks Robert Moog's 78th Birthday

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Today's Google Doodle is something special. To celebrate the 78th birthday of analogue synthesiser legend Robert Moog, the folk in California have made a fully-playable Moog synthesiser. A Moogle Doodle, if you will. You can even record your efforts!

Born on May 23, 1934 in New York City, Robert 'Bob' Moog was a musical and technical pioneer. He designed such classics as the Minimoog, the Model D, and the Moogerfooger effects pedals.

Moog Google Doodle

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> Play Google's Moog synthesiser here

After earning a pair of degrees in physics and electrical engineering - and combining the two with an engineering physics PhD, Moog's effect on modern music cannot be understated.

At the age of 19, he founded a company to manufacture theremin kits, before he developed the Moog synthesiser.

One of his first customers was Walter (later Wendy) Carlos, whose work on the soundtrack to Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange still sounds like the future over 40 years on.

Moog died in Asheville, North Carolina on August 21, 2005 at the age of 71.

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