‘Play’ a Les Paul on Google
A Google spokesman blogged: “The electric guitar brings back memories for me of exchanging riffs with friends and wearing out cassette tapes as I meticulously learned songs. Today, we’re attempting to recreate that experience with a doodle celebrating the birthday of musician and inventor Les Paul. For the next 24 hours on the Google homepage, you’ll find an interactive, playable logo inspired by the guitar developed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee that made the sound of rock and roll possible. Those of you in the U.S. can click the black ‘compose’ button to record your own 30-second track. Just strum the strings or trigger notes with the letters or numbers on your keyboards. Clicking the button again will display a link to share the songs you’ve made.”
Les Paul was one of the great musical pioneers of the 20th century. Not only did he build one of the the first playable electric guitars but he also invented multi-track recording – the process of layering multiple takes on top of each other – something that completely revolutionised the recording industry.
He passed away on 12th August 2009 and will be forever remembered for his legacy that propelled the likes of Slash, Gary Moore, Jimmy Page, Zakk Wylde and many, many more to new heights.