Monday, 25 September, 2017

Google celebrates Oskar Fischinger's 117th Birthday with special doodle

Google gets musical to celebrate filmmaker Oskar Fischinger Today's Google Doodle celebrates 117th birthday of Oskar Fischinger the influential filmmaker and visual artist
Heather Davidson | 23 June, 2017, 04:56

Angie Fischinger, the artist's daughter, was given a special credit for helping to make the Doodle happen.

Once you're done composing you can move your mouse away and both listen to the song and enjoy the visuals without having to animate them by hand as Fischinger did back in his day.

Oskar Fischinger made around 50 short films and painted around 800 canvases that holds a place in museums, galleries and collections across the globe.

Google gets musical to celebrate filmmaker Oskar Fischinger
Google Doodle Celebrates 117th Birthday Of Filmmaker And Visual Artist Oskar Fischinger

"Music is not limited to the world of sound". Visual music aside, he contributed to the area of motion graphics and animation. He is best known for his ability to combine impeccably synchronized abstract visuals with musical accompaniment, each frame carefully drawn or photographed by hand. Once you start clicking the dots, the composition is played on loop as per the notes and the instruments you select. Google also gives you an option to modify the music.

Long before the age of computer-generated graphics and animation software, Fischinger's short films were frame-by-frame, stop-animation labors of love that could take months or even years to complete. Oskar Fischinger left Nazi Germany in 1936 for Hollywood as Adolf Hitler cracked down on abstract art.

Fischinger's work to this day remains near-impossible to replicate, dancing the line between absolute precision and a human touch. Filmmaker Orson Welles, who had hired Fischinger to work on a jazz-themed film, continued to financially support Fischinger out of his own pocket when he became unable to work. Apart from that, Fischinger was also involved with the development of the three-strip GasparColor film process, a European rival to Technicolor.

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