Beethoven’s Google Doodle

To celebrate Ludwig van Beethoven’s 245th Year, Google created an interactive doodle to help Beethoven arranging his masterpieces during his unfortunate journey to the symphony hall. Produced by Gregory Capuano and designed by Leon Hong, the Google engineers Jordan Thompson, Jonathan Shneier, Kris Hom and Charlie Gordon programmed a new masterpiece of animation. The Piano recordings have been done by Tim Shneier. Nate Swinehart was responsible for animatics and additional art.

The following figures show some key scenes from the interactive animation.


Alan Turing and Robert Moog Google Doodles

To celebrate Robert Moog’s 78th Birthday, Google published on May 23, 2012 an interactive doodle of the electronic analog Moog Synthesizer.

Google Moog Doodle

Google Doodle : Moog Synthesizer

The doodle was synthesized from a number of smaller components to form a unique instrument. When experienced with browsers supporting the Web Audio API, the sound is generated natively. For other browsers the Flash plugin is used. The doodle takes advantage of JavaScript, Closure libraries, CSS3 and tools like Google Web Fonts, the Google+ API, the Google URL Shortener and App Engine.

The Moog doodle was created by Google engineers Reinaldo Aguiar and Rui Lopes and the doodle team lead Ryan Germick.

For Alan Turing’s Centennial, Google published one month later (June 23, 2012) an interactive doodle showing a Turing Machine. The doodle was designed by Jered Wierzbicki and Corrie Scalisi, Software Engineers, and by Doodler Sophia Foster-Dimino. The code for this doodle was open sourced and is available at Google Code.

Turing Machine

Google Doodle : Turing Machine

A video about the Art & Technology behind Google Doodles is available at Youtube.

Google Doodles – how do they do ?

Last update : May 1, 2013

Neli S Gautham Raj [Linuxtree ] and M. Jeyaganesh [Cybergyaan ] created the website devlup, a community of young web developers, programmers and social media enthusiasts.

They published a series of tutorials about the programming of the interactive Google Doodles :

Other great contributions on the websites of the authors are :

Another developer interested in Google Doodles is Alvaro Montoro who created the jquery plugin imageCloud, based on the Christmas 2010 Google Doodle.