Interactive Musical Google Doodles
In celebration of the 44th Anniversary of the birth of Hip Hop – DJ your own mix with turntables & legendary beats 🎧 🎚️
Help Beethoven’s unfortunate journey to the symphony hall by arranging his masterpieces in time for the big crescendo!
In celebration of Dr. Robert Moog, the inventor of this synthesizer, you can use your mouse or computer keyboard to control the mini-synthesizer’s keys and knobs to make nearly limitless sounds.
Bartolomeo Cristofori was an Italian musical instrument maker credited with inventing the pianoforte, or: the piano. One of his biggest innovations was creating a hammer mechanism that struck the strings on a keyboard to create sound. The use of a hammer made it possible to produce softer or louder sounds depending upon how light or hard a player pressed on the keys. In fact, that’s how Cristofori’s new instrument got its name — in Italian, piano means soft, while forte means loud. Being able to change the volume was a major breakthrough.
Create your own visual music in celebration of Oskar Fischinger, a towering figure, especially in the areas of motion graphics and animation. He is best known for his ability to combine impeccably synchronized abstract visuals with musical accompaniment, each frame carefully drawn or photographed by hand.
Enjoy playing the theramin in celebration of Clara Rockmore, who made music from thin air. Trained from a young age as a violinist, Rockmore ultimately gave up the violin due to physical strain. This led her to discover the theremin, a gesture-controlled instrument named after its inventor, Léon Theremin. Not only did Rockmore become the instrument’s most well-known performer, she also influenced its development.
Celebrate world renowned German composer and musician Johann Sebastian Bach with the first ever AI-powered Doodle! Made in partnership with the Google Magenta and Google PAIR teams, the Doodle is an interactive experience encouraging players to compose a two measure melody of their choice. With the press of a button, the Doodle then uses machine learning to harmonize the custom melody into Bach’s signature music style (or a Bach 80’s rock style hybrid if you happen to find a very special easter egg in the Doodle…:)).
Try your own hand at the Mbira, an instrument that has been played for over 1,000 years, while experiencing a story as told through the lens of a Zimbabwean girl who learns to play the mbira.
Originating in Southern Africa, the mbira has long played an integral role in the traditions and cultural identity of Zimbabwe’s Shona people.