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Who was Oskar Fischinger? Watch his musical animations created

Who was Oskar Fischinger? Watch his musical animations created

Who was Oskar Fischinger? Watch his musical animations made decades before computers

Who was Oskar Fischinger? Watch his musical animations made decades before computers

Google gets musical to celebrate filmmaker Oskar Fischinger

Oskar Fischinger

American-German animator
Oskar Wilhelm Fischinger was a German-American abstract animator, filmmaker, and painter, notable for creating abstract musical animation many decades before the appearance of computer graphics and music videos.
Born: June 22, 1900, Gelnhausen, Germany
Died: January 31, 1967, Los Angeles, California, United States
Spouse: Elfriede Fischinger (m. 1932–1967)
Books: Oskar Fischinger 1900-1967: Experiments in Cinematic Abstraction
Siblings: Hans Fischinger
Oskar Fischinger

The Studies films attracted international attention, with Universal Pictures even picking up American distribution rights for one of them. The 12 Studies Fischinger produced were synced to then-new records, so they were effectively the first music videos, notes the CVM.

Fischinger finally found success with these films, but he had poor timing. When the Nazis took over, Adolf Hitler saw abstract art as “degenerate art.” The artist found a way to stay in Germany for as long as he could, even helping develop a three-strip color process called “GasparColor.”

But by 1936, it was clear that he needed to leave Germany. Executives at Paramount, including the great director Ernst Lubitsch, offered him a contract that year after being impressed with some of his films that were shown at a local theater in Hollywood. Fischinger agreed to come, but he found it hard to work with Paramount. In fact, the only film he finished for a major studio during this period was for rival MGM, An Optical Poem, which was released in 1936.

Google wants you to make your own visual music composition in honor of filmmaker and abstract animator Oskar Fischinger.

A Google Doodle on Thursday celebrates the artist’s 117th birthday. Fischinger, who died in 1967, was known for pairing abstract visuals with music, long before computer graphics and music videos.

“In the world of design, Fischinger is a towering figure, especially in the areas of motion graphics and animation,” wrote Google’s Leon Hong in a blog post. “A master of motion and color, Fischinger spent months — sometimes years — planning and handcrafting his animations.”

The Google Doodle leads to a page where you can visually compose music by selecting dots on an 11×16 grid. Each dot represents a note, and you can select between four different “instruments.” The composition is played on loop.

After some random clicking, I was able to put together something that didn’t sound too terrible. If you’re interested in music or Fischinger, give it a try.

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