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Awesome Google Doodle Logo Today, Celebrates Les Paul's Birthday

     
8:54 am on Jun 9, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Tribute to Les Paul and it works!
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That is cool ;-)
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Now *that's* probably the best one they've done.
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Looks great but I didn't get a tooltip to say what it was celebrating.
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Google Doodle Celebrates Les Paul's Birthday [googleblog.blogspot.com]
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.

If you’re curious, the doodle was made with a combination of JavaScript, HTML5 Canvas (used in modern browsers to draw the guitar strings), CSS, Flash (for sound) and tools like the Google Font API, goo.gl and App Engine.



Fun!
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Is this Google first logo with sound ? I can;t remember if the pac man logo had sound or not.

Anybody figures out what the red button does ?
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I figured it was way to show sunburst red ..the original colour ..without putting a background...?

Having said that technically the original was "gold" centered..and so that would be the wine red version of the sunburst fade out..so who knows ? ..its not pitch shift..nor echo, and I've never seen hardware on a Les Paul that looks like that thing.

[edited by: Leosghost at 11:13 am (utc) on Jun 9, 2011]

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Anybody figures out what the red button does ?


Nope, not yet but right click on the image and view background image:-)
11:04 am on June 9, 2011 (gmt 0)

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@lgn1

The pac man logo did indeed have sound. There has also been a tribute to some artist/photographer (I believe) that was a whole film clip.

The 'red button' I assume you are referring to is a keyboard that starts out black. Press it and it allows you to use the keyboard to strum instead of typing things into the Google searchbox.
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Thankyou n00b1 :) ..btw ..the source code for that page is also pretty amazing..
1:13 pm on June 9, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Press it and it allows you to use the keyboard to strum instead of typing things into the Google searchbox.


Records too.
2:03 pm on June 9, 2011 (gmt 0)

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yeah, pretty cool that you can record and playback. :)
3:41 pm on June 9, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I can't wait to get home and play with the speakers switched on
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Very nice, but can you imagine the world wide loss of productivity.........
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Very nice, but can you imagine the world wide loss of productivity.........
LOL

If someone asked you give an example of something being "really cool" on the Internet, it would be tough to beat this. (And, of course, that it is only up for a day makes it even more cool.)
7:13 pm on June 9, 2011 (gmt 0)

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How to play it
[huffingtonpost.com...]
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This logo seems to be inescapable today, it's everywhere. I can't go to an RSS feed or FaceBook without seeing it plastered all over the place.
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I'm not in love with it enough to read a huffpost article on how to play it(yuck) but I do think it's the best I've seen yet.
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...and there it was gone.
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Mine's back today!
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Update June 9, 8:29pm: Due to popular demand, we're leaving the Les Paul doodle up in the U.S. through Friday for an encore. Thanks for jamming with us!
[googleblog.blogspot.com ]
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Not back on this side of the pond and nothing for Phil the Greek's birthday either.
11:00 am on June 10, 2011 (gmt 0)

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[google.com...]
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Yep, it's very cool. Interactive doodles brighten up my day.

You could use the keyboard yesterday, but today on the .com version (I'm in the UK) it doesn't work.
11:28 am on June 10, 2011 (gmt 0)

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@m0thman

This is working for me on all UK browsers:

[google.com...]
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@underglass

That's interesting. The version on Google.co.uk yesterday (no longer up) was a keyboard and it simply locked the keyboard and allowed you to play the guitar instead of typing with the keyboard. There was no record functionality - the Google.com version is a record button. Strange.
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Not seen on the UK Google but it's on the .com one. If I press the button it says recording. Then when I stop, there's a play button and a URL to my recording!

Only one problem - I am hearing no sound at all.
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Huskypup: Absolutely awesome and I wouldn't have noticed if you hadn't mentioned it.

I figured it was way to show sunburst red ..the original colour ..without putting a background...?


Ahhh. THAT'S my fave electric guitar of all time. Used to have a copy, and my idiot sister had an original vintage one and sold it for almost nothing because "it was too heavy".

Now, will we get tributes to the Strat family and vintage Martins? (the later my fave acoustic).

and I just got a new acoustic, and playing after a 25 year absense. Rock On.
6:45 am on June 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Here's the permanent URL for the Les Paul doodle:

[google.com...]
4:56 am on June 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

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If I had an ounce of musical talent outside the shower I'd use the record feature, pretty neat how it saves your jingle to a goo.gl link for sharing. Love it.