To celebrate the classical genius of Johann Sebastian Bach on what would have been his birthday, Google’s homepage wants to make sweet, sweet music with you.
Google’s home page is no stranger to fun and creative projects that you get interacting with the person or thing of interest for that date. Today marks 434 years since German baroque composer, Johann Sebastian Bach was born and Google are creating music with people around the world to celebrate.
Clicking on the Google Doodle of Bach from the homepage will open up a pretend toy kit which builds a little Bach and music machine. It explains the basis of how chords work using 2 bars of musical notation and then puts the power in your hands.
Using the notation software set before you, you can input 2 bars worth of music notation, playing anything you like. The mini-app uses the power of Artificial Intelligence to find patterns in 306 of Bach’s compositions. Google will harmonise with your piece to turn it into a Bach-like chord sequence.
Whilst you wait for the machine-learned AI to do it’s thing from the patterns it has learned, you can read some fun little factoids. For example, did you know that whilst artificial intelligence seems like a high tech, modern invention, much of the knowledge and coding for it was created in the 1980s.
There’s also a totally legitimate quote from Bach himself, explaining: “Most of my harmonies follow a standard structure making it fairly easy for a machine learning model to identify patterns within it. Take that Beethoven!”