Oskar Fischinger: Google Doodle honours German artist and his unbelievable musical animations

Cesar Mills
June 22, 2017

Google celebrated Oskar Fischinger's 117th birthday with a creative audio-visual doodle that lets you create music by a tap on the screen.

Fischinger was a visual artist known for creating intricate and abstract animations impeccably synchronised to music. Fischinger was a trailblazing animator and painter, producing abstract film graphics decades before the advent of digital post-production. You can select between four different instruments. Fischinger, popularly known for his work in visual music in films from the 1920s to 1940s, excelled in the world of design.

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The Google Doodle leads to a page where you can visually compose music by selecting dots on an 11x16 grid. His works were impeccable crafted stop-motion animations which were synchronized to music and he constantly fretted and worked over each of them for months and even years before completing a project. The Google Doodle with Fischinger's famous quote, "Music is not limited to the world of sound". The user has to click on the diamonds to choose notes and can change instruments as well. He made over 50 short films like Motion Painting No. 1 (1947), it has been listed on the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress. Each frame was carefully drawn by hand or photographed at a time when there were no computers to fall back on. Apart from that, Fischinger was also involved with the development of the three-strip GasparColor film process, a European rival to Technicolor. Many of Fischinger's work are in museums and galleries open for public display.

It was in 1936 that Paramount brought Fischinger to Hollywood but did not allow him to continue his work in color film, and his tenure at the studio was short.

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