Yesterday, Google topped themselves in their aspiration to push the envelope combining art and creativity by changing their logo periodically to commemorate birthdays or special events.
In honor of what would have been the innovative guitarist Les Paul's 96th birthday, Google unveiled a doodle that was interactive, functional and just plain cool transforming their logo into guitar strings complete with sound and a record button. With the two "O"'s in Google taking the shape of soundholes from an acoustic guitar, the strings take the shape of the other letters connecting to two bridges that seem like they're from an electric guitar.
Located at the bottom, the record button put the entire piece over the top allowing the web searcher to strum or pick the strings and record 30 seconds of themselves playing. The possibilities are endless! It's like playing around with a cassette tape and a microphone when you're a kid taping yourself record sounds or staging radio shows.
Normally, Google leaves the doodle up for a 24 hour period only, but this musical version garnered so much interest that the popular search engine site decided to leave it up longer. The site advised, "Due to popular demand, we're leaving the Les Paul doodle up in the U.S. for an extra day. Thanks for jamming with us!" Google tweeted early this morning.
Hear the strumming I recorded with the doodle here. But if you have some extra time, you can also find out how to play "Here Comes The Sun" by the Beatles! Hear the finished product. Now, can we get some effects pedals and an amplifier with this thing?