Synthesizer creator Robert Moog, who would have been 78 years old today, is having the best birthday ever. Not long after Google’s artists created an interactive Moog synthesizer doodle for the homepage, a fan responded with a crazy cover of Daft Punk’s “Aerodynamic” using Google’s tool, which he posted on YouTube.
The musician, Brett Domino, is one-third (or half?) of The Brett Domino Trio (a.k.a. Brett Domino and Steven Peavis), according to the artist’s bio on his YouTube channel. Watch how he turns his computer keyboard into a real one, backed with percussion on a Korg Monotribe analog synthesizer and drum machine. His meaningful looks into the camera are priceless.
Viewers have fallen in love with the video, or at least the idea of the video, as there were 1,324 likes, but only 301 views as of Wednesday afternoon.
To fully appreciate Domino’s work, try going to the Google homepage and playing a song on the synthesizer yourself. You activate the keys by clicking on the icon with your mouse. Do this before you try to play the keys using your keyboard, or else you’ll just pull up a search bar. All of the buttons and knobs on the picture affect the sound, so click on them freely. If you want to record something, hit the record button, play your song, and hit stop. You can email the link to a friend or share what you’ve made on Google+.
If you’re not a musician, there are other ways to keep the Moog sound in your head. Wendy Carlos’ fantastic 1968 recording, “Switched-On Bach,” is unfortunately not on Spotify, but here’s a link to Herbert Waltl’s recording of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major played on a Moog synthesizer.
Herbert Waltl – Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047: I. Allegro assai
Herbert Waltl – Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047: II. Andante
Herbert Waltl – Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047: III. Keine Satzangaben