Les Paul 96th Birthday Commemorated by Google Playable Guitar
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Google outdid itself this time with an amazing peek at the capabilities afforded to us by HTML5. Lucky visitors who actually went to the Google Home Page rather than using a tool or browser plugin were awarded with a fully interactive audio-visual widget effect. I was pretty amazed when Google integrated a playable Pac-Man game into the browser but months of normal viewing left me even more stunned when during an accidental mouseover I was asssaulted by the sounds an electric guitar.
After about 30 seconds of playing with the interactive Google Home Page, I had my fill. But, I was reminded about the awesome capabilities of HTML5 and that led me into a search into more options to view and play.
The options and information I found was quite interesting and definitely worth some playtime and learning from casual web users and web developers alike.
If you missed the live version of The Les Paul 96th Birthday Google HomePage then you can experience it vicariously through my video instead.
How did Google Make The Guitar HomePage?
Google did release a blogpost outlining their techniques for creating the guitar.
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. (For example, here’s a little tune I put together.)
Google Blog Link:
How to Play and Record The Google Guitar
On first play you might not pick up on it, the Guitar on the Google Homepage is more full featured then it would seem.
If you want to strum the C MAJOR chord, you have to hit the musical C E G notes which can be done by pressing the A D and G key on your keyboard. For the A MINOR chord, you have to play the musical A C and E notes which is achieved by hitting the A D and H keys simultaneously. There are two catches though. The doodle does not support multiple octaves, so you won’t be able to play a tune which has notes from multiple octaves. And neither any “Sharp notes” are supported so you can only play the C MAJOR scale which has all the base notes and no sharp notes in it’s scale e.g C#, D #, F#, G# and A #.
Some Songs You Can Play on the Google Logo Guitar
Pirates of the Caribbean: DGH-H-HJK-K-KLJ-J-HGH DGH-H-HJK-K-KLJ-J-HGH
Twinkle Twinkle: K-K-F-F-D-D-F-G-G-H-H-J-J-K
Harry Potter Theme E-Y-I-U-Y-P-O-U-Y-I-U-Y-U-E
Wooden Heart: asd dgf fhg hgfd g hgfd dgf fds gd
As mentioned, the primary function of the moving strings is created using HTML5, most modern browsers are fully capable of using HTML5 and as more developers learn the new changes the web is going to become a much more interactive experience.
Check out this great playground that showcases the abilities of HTML5.
HTML5 Playground (Click the interactive demonstration)
and this live Artist Portfolio site that shows off creative actual use in a production site:
The Google Guitar has been archived in response to its popularity. You can play it here in its new home.
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