Those clever souls at Google have come up with a spiffing way of celebrating what would have been the birthday of musical pioneer Robert Moog: by knocking up a new Doodle (now on the Google homepage) allows you to bash away on an interactive synthesizer with just a few clicks of your mouse.
Only thing is, it’s actually bloody hard – NME.COM ed Luke Lewis tried his hand at a sorry-sounding version of Kasabian’s ‘Fire’; I went for a doom-heavy – but somewhat wonky rendition - of that faithful tear-jerker ‘My Heart Will Go On’; and our IT expert Jo Weakley had a shambolic crack at ‘Video Games’ (to my ears, the bit in the middle sounds more like the theme to Mission Impossible).
But what have less cack-handed people been able to knock together? There are already some (relatively) decent creations on YouTube. This version of Daft Punk’s ‘Around The World’ impressed us:
And although it’s simple, this is a pretty accurate attempt at Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke On The Water’, too:
Our followers on Facebook and Twitter have sent us some pretty nifty ones, too. Del Kerton took on the intro to The White Stripes’ ‘Seven Nation Army' and Jon Durbin bravely tried to imitate synth legend Gary Numan’s classic track ‘Cars’.
But we’re given maximum Moog credit to @oreobaus, who sent not one but two entries: a decent version of The Horrors’ ‘Count In Fives’, and an even better one of MGMT’s ‘Kids’. This is the benchmark, people.