Google had dedicated its October 18 doodle to The Studio for Electronic Music of the West German Radio. This was a facility of the Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) in Cologne, Germany. It is believed to be the first of its kind in the world and is known for the development of electronic music in the second half of the twentieth century. Today is the 66th anniversary of the studio and it was here that electronically synthesized sounds were mixed and the creation of a new genre of music came into play.
The concept to create an electronic music studio was generated by composers Werner Meyer-Eppler, Robert Beyer, and Herbert Eimert, who for years were trying to overcome the technical requirements of music. Artists, musicians, composers and more from all around the world came to this studio to experiment with new equipment and technologies that were solely present in the studio and mixed unique beats and tracks to create music that is so popularly loved today. Soon, the studio was known to be a breeding ground for musical innovation. The original studio continued to create unique tracks and produce breakthroughs music until the year 2000.
The doodle is created by Berlin-based illustrator Henning Wagenbreth, and “celebrates the diversity of thought and imagination that built this studio and transformed the possibilities of music!” The doodle depicts an animated form of the music along with the variety of sounds the technology is capable of creating.