Les Paul, the American musician who pioneered the solid-body electric guitar, is being remembered in a new Google doodle today (9th June 2011). Les Paul, whose musical inventions defined a generation of rock-and-roll, died of complications from pneumonia in 2009 aged 94, reports the Huffington Post.
The Google doodle features fully interactive guitar strings, which users can pluck and record their own melodies. In a blog post about the logo, Google said, "If you're curious, the doodle was made with a combination of JavaScript, Html5 Canvas (used in modern browsers to draw the guitar strings), CSS, Flash (for sound) and tools like the Google Font Api, goo.gl and App Engine". By clicking the logo, web-users are forwarded to the search results for Les Paul. The jazz and country musician is said to have made his 'guitar breakthrough' around 1940, creating electronically sustained notes on the guitar. He achieved this by attaching two pickups to a wooden board with a guitar neck. Paul is also credited with numerous other recording innovations and received widespread attention for his use of overdubbing, tape delay, phasing effects and multi-track recording.
Up until his death in 2009, Les Paul would regularly play shows at jazz clubs in New York City. He was recently named one of the ten best electric guitar players in history by Time magazine.