Today’s Google Doodle uses AI to let you compose your own Bach-inspired tune! How does it work and who is Johann Sebastian Bach?

GOOGLE Doodle is using AI so you can make your own Bach-inspired song – but who is Johann Sebastian Bach?

We explain who he is and what he has accomplished.

Today's Google Doodle uses AI to compose music from Johann Sebastian Bach
Today’s Google Doodle uses AI to compose music from Johann Sebastian Bach

Who was Johann Sebastian Bach?

Johann Sebastian Bach is a German composer and musician from the Baroque period.

He is known for compositions such as Art of Fugue, the Brandenburg Concerts and the Goldberg Variations.

Bach was renowned as an organist.

He died aged 65.

What is the Google Doodle?

Today’s Google Doodle allows users to compose a two-measure melody of their choice.

The AI model was trained on 306 of Bach’s compositions and uses machine learning to harmonise the custom tune to his signature style.

Users can even to an 80s rocky style hybrid if they find they special Easter egg in the Doodle.

Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer
Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer

What is a Google Doodle?

In 1998, the search engine founders Larry and Sergey drew a stick figure behind the second ‘o’ of Google as a message to show that they were out of office at the Burning Man festival and with that, Google Doodles were born.

The company decided that they should decorate the logo to mark cultural moments and it soon became clear that users really enjoyed the change to the Google homepage.

In that same year, a turkey was added to Thanksgiving and two pumpkins appeared as the ‘o’s for Halloween the following year.

Now, there is a full team of doodlers, illustrators, graphic designers, animators and classically trained artists who help create what you see on those days.

Google kicked off 2019 with an animated Doodle of New Year’s Eve celebrations.

On January 7, Fahrelnissa Zeid‘s life was celebrated with a colourful, kaleidoscopic Doodle on her 118th birthday.

And on January 11, the life of the first black singer on BBC Radio, Evelyn Dove, was celebrated.

Sake Dean Mahomed, who was the first to open an Indian restaurant in the UK, was also honoured with  a Google Doodle on January 15.


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