In 1915, Les Paul, one of the most influential guitarists in pop music history, was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin. With his wife Mary Ford, he had a string of hits in the late 40’s and early 50’s including, “Mockin’ Bird Hill,” “How High the Moon” and “The World is Waiting for the Sunrise.” Those recordings were among the earliest to use multi-tracking. Paul also designed guitars which were marketed by the Gibson company and became the favourites of pop, rock and country musicians. Paul also built the first eight-track tape recorder, which helped pioneer multitrack recording. And he invented “sound-on-sound” recording, which has since become known as overdubbing. He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2005. He died on Aug. 13, 2009 of complications from pneumonia at age 94. [Source]
Today 9th June 2011, On The late, great, Guitar pioneer Les Paul (1915-2009) birthday Google released interactive ‘Google Doodle’ in honor of Les Paul.
Everybody is observing that when searching for something on Google today, all will notice a guitar like instrument at just above search text box appeared. This is a electric guitar built in the shape of the Google logo which is recordable, paying homage to guitar great Les Paul, who would have been 96 years old today (Thursday).
You can play this guitar in two way
1) Hover your mouse over the strings.
2) You can also play notes on your keyboard : For playing this guitar with keyboard just click the rectangular record button positioned as shown in following picture and every note you play will be saved for posterity.
When you play this creates a URL that you can send to others, so they can listen to your composition. Moreover if you you URL to someone, and when that person pastes that URL into the address bar, then you can play a duet together.
Or, you can play along with your own recording, overdubbing just like Les Paul did for the first time way back in the late ’40s.