When The Smiths composed a song called Oscillate Wildly, I don’t think this is what they had in mind as offices and homes the world over today are alive with the sound of a badly played Moog emulator. It’s probably not the way Bob Moog would have wanted it either.

In reality I don’t think he would mind too much that Google have decided to pay tribute to the creator of the first commercial synth which didn’t require a hangar sized space to use or store it:

All This Just To Play A Chord Or Two

The Google Doodle lets you get creative in ways that don’t require a ridiculously expensive investment in a vintage piece of analog hardware. Much like the musical machines Bob Moog created, this doodle was synthesized from a number of smaller components to form a unique instrument. When experienced with Google Chrome, sound is generated natively using the Web Audio API—a doodle first (for other browsers the Flash plugin is used). This doodle also takes advantage ofJavaScript, Closure libraries, CSS3 and tools like Google Web Fonts, the Google+ API, the Google URL Shortener and App Engine.

Uninteresting geek talk out-of-the-way, the Moog company pioneered the commercial manufacture of modular voltage-controlled analog synthesizer systems in the early 1950s. The technological development that led to the creation of the Moog synthesizer was the invention of the transistor, which enabled researchers like Moog to build electronic music systems that were considerably smaller, cheaper and far more reliable than earlier vacuum tube-based systems.

During his lifetime, Robert Moog founded two companies for manufacturing electronic musical instruments. He also worked as a consultant and vice president for new product research at Kurzweil Music Systems from 1984 to 1988, helping to develop the Kurzweil K2000.

Moog was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumor on April 28, 2005. Nearly four months later, he died at the age of 71 in Asheville, North Carolina on August 21, 2005. The Bob Moog Foundation was created as a memorial, with the aim of continuing his life’s work of developing electronic music.