Guitar maven Les Paul would have been 96 years old today. In honor of the musical genius’ birthday, Google stocked its home screen with a playable guitar, complete with its own recording studio.
Thursday Google Doodle replaced the company logo with playable strings, which would be badass enough if it didn’t also allow users to record, play back and share 30-second tracks.
Google Creative Lab designer (and musician) Alexander Chen explains today’s Doodle in an official Google blog post: “As well as his guitar work, Les Paul experimented in his garage with innovative recording techniques like multitracking and tape delay. In keeping with this spirit of tinkering, 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, who died in 2009, literally changed the face of music history when he (and Gibson president Ted McCarty) invented the solid-body electric guitar. The Gibson Les Paul came to market in 1952, and music hasn’t been the same since. Here’s a little video to catch you up to speed: