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Google's Doodle Records, Shares Your Music

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 20 comments

Be musical.

UPDATE: Even though it's no longer his birthday, Google is keeping the Les Paul doodle for another day due to popular demand!

Today is the birthday of Les Paul, who was born in 1915. To commemorate his birthday, Google has posted a doodle of guitar strings that form the company's logo on its search page.

While artistic logos are not uncommon, today's is truly artistic in the interactive sense. Users can use the keyboard or mouse over the strings to play notes, which can then be recorded and shared to others. (Unfortunately, it seems that the recording and sharing aspect is limited to just those in the U.S.)

Google designer Alexander Chen explained in a blog post that the doodle was made with a combination of JavaScript, HTML5 Canvas, CSS, Flash and tools like Google Font API, goo.gl and App Engine.

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    gm0n3y , June 9, 2011 5:22 PM
    Ok, that is actually really cool. Go Google!
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    bogcotton , June 9, 2011 4:02 PM
    I tried to strum the image on this page... Google what have you done to me!?
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    internetlad , June 9, 2011 4:52 PM
    it's so annoying, i'm on a work machine hooked up to the sound system and every time i try to google something everybody wonders where the shitty guitar riffs are coming from.
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    gm0n3y , June 9, 2011 5:22 PM
    Ok, that is actually really cool. Go Google!
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    3ddraft , June 9, 2011 5:25 PM
    @internetlad

    use the browser search bar instead of going to the site
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    borisof007 , June 9, 2011 5:34 PM
    If you're using Chrome, it's a bit annoying because you can't use the keyboard to strum like you can on IE. Still loads of fun.
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    blppt , June 9, 2011 5:38 PM
    "Hey Homer, I can see your DOODLE!" --Ned Flanders
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    3ddraft , June 9, 2011 6:22 PM
    keyboard works fine for me and i'm using chrome 12
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    teaser , June 9, 2011 7:03 PM
    bogcottonI tried to strum the image on this page... Google what have you done to me!?

    ......Haha......Me too
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    Anonymous , June 9, 2011 7:28 PM
    This is just an article bearing the image of the real thing you can find on the actual Google page.
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    ALANMAN , June 9, 2011 7:56 PM
    borisof007If you're using Chrome, it's a bit annoying because you can't use the keyboard to strum like you can on IE. Still loads of fun.

    I'm using chrome and using the keyboard works fine for me.
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    maxiim , June 9, 2011 8:11 PM
    Keyboard works fine on the 3 browsers I have installed, Firefox, IE, Chrome...still this kinda yesterdays news.
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    f-14 , June 9, 2011 8:12 PM
    Quote:
    Users can use the keyboard or mouse over the strings to play notes, which can then be recorded and shared to others. (Unfortunately, it seems that the recording and sharing aspect is limited to just those in the U.S.)

    Google designer Alexander Chen explained in a blog post that the doodle was made with a combination of JavaScript, HTML5 Canvas, CSS, Flash and tools like Google Font API, goo.gl and App Engine.


    flash? ! means apple's iCrap can't play it either no matter where in the world they are even next to carmen sandiego in steve jobs office.
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    back_by_demand , June 9, 2011 9:34 PM
    f-14flash? ! means apple's iCrap can't play it either no matter where in the world they are even next to carmen sandiego in steve jobs office.

    Thank God for Flash.
    I have a powerful PC so all arguements about system requirements are a fricken joke.
    I have Ad-Blocker so I don't get Flash-Ads.
    I can watch any video streaming services, including those dodgy football games or boxing matches streamed from the far-East which you normally have to pay a hefty sports channel subscription for.
    I can play free Flash games on sites like Candystand, so the AppStore can go f**k itself.
    All I need now is for MS to allow Flash on the Mango update for WP7 and Google to do the same with Android and I can sit back and laugh my head off.
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    JOSHSKORN , June 9, 2011 9:58 PM
    I hope, like the Pacman maze, that Google retains this. THUMBS UP IF YOU AGREE!!:D 
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    livebriand , June 10, 2011 4:22 AM
    borisof007If you're using Chrome, it's a bit annoying because you can't use the keyboard to strum like you can on IE. Still loads of fun.

    How odd, since Chrome is their browser! :D 
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    eddieroolz , June 10, 2011 9:27 AM
    Oh, I wasn't sure why the logo changed. Didn't know you can play either.
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    Anonymous , June 10, 2011 2:20 PM
    99 red balloons: http://goo.gl/doodle/ybpo2
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    misry , June 10, 2011 4:01 PM
    Yes you can just make sure the logo is in the "forefront", click below the strings but above the search box. In Chrome the strings change colors when strummed.
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    bill gates is your daddy , June 10, 2011 6:53 PM
    SilverRey99 red balloons: http://goo.gl/doodle/ybpo2


    You started off good.....but finished like a drunken, epileptic chimpanzee.
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    fir_ser , June 14, 2011 10:11 AM
    That doodle was very creative and fun to play with.