Google Doodle celebrates Bach birth anniversary with first ever AI-powered doodle

Doris Richards
March 22, 2019

He grew up in a large musical family: his father played multiple instruments and also worked as director of the town's musicians. Bach's music is nearly a ideal match for this kind of learning because they follow some concise rules and structures.

Primarily known as an exceptional organist during his lifetime, Johann Christian Bach also understood how to build and fix the complex inner mechanisms of pipe organs, a feature that has been incorporated into the interactive doodle.

All these moving parts, both art and engineering, came together to create this Bach-inspired Google Doodle, which we think is super fun.

Bach lived only to see a handful of his work getting published. But musicians weren't the only ones affected by Bach's music. "I would vote for Bach, all of Bach", he wrote. All you have to do is select a few notes and then the Doodle will automatically "harmonize the custom melody into Bach's signature music style".


The Doodle, developed in partnership with Magenta and PAIR teams at Google, is an interactive experience where the composer is playing an organ in celebration of his March 21, 1685, birthday under the old Julian calendar, encouraging musicians to compose their own two-measure melody. Google chose to do something different to mark the life of Johann Sebastian Bach, using artificial intelligence to mimic the composer's four-part harmonies.

Powering the doodle is machine learning which, in a nutshell, tries to learn rules on its own by analyzing hundreds if not thousands of data samples.

To develop the Google Doodle, teams at Google fed a computer 306 of Bach's chorale harmonizations.

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