Electronic music seems like a new genre, but you would be surprised to know that it’s not. Google has dedicated today’s doodle to the 66th anniversary of The Studio for Electronic Music of the West German Radio. The Studio for Electronic Music was established in the city of Cologne at the West German Broadcasting facility. Three composers, Werner Meyer-Eppler, Robert Beyer and Herbert Eimert gave birth to the idea of setting up a studio, for that would change the face of music. Before setting up the studio, the three composers struggled to create electronic music for years. The studio welcomed musicians and producers from across the world during the second half of the twentieth century. The studio was the first where electronically synthesized sounds were mixed and the creation of a new genre of music came into play.
Close-up of faders on a mixing console, session for Future Music Magazine taken on April 23, 2009. (Photo by Jesse Wild/Future Music Magazine via Getty Images)
“Artists in the studio created breakthrough beats, editing and mixing sounds using new types of equipment and technical composition. Composers and producers came from far and wide as the studio became a breeding ground for musical innovation,” said Google.
The pioneer studio continued to create unique tracks and produce breakthrough music until it was shut down in the year 2000.
The colourful doodle has been designed by Berlin-based illustrator Henning Wagenbreth. Google says, “The doodle celebrates the diversity of thought and imagination that built this studio and transformed the possibilities of music." It depicts an animated form and is an amalgamation of electronic music along with the variety of sounds the technology is capable of creating.