Today's Google Doodle will unleash your inner musician

23 June, 2017, 04:53 | Author: Delbert Rhodes
  • Google Doodle for Oskar Fischinger's 117th Birthday

This sentiment was held by German-American artist Oskar Fischinger, featured by Google in its front page's Doodle to mark the famed animator and filmmaker's 117th birthday.

Fischinger's short film An Optical Poem, 1938 was made entirely with paper in stop-motion fashion.

After fleeing Nazi Germany in 1936, Fischinger found work at Paramount Pictures, and he is perhaps best known for his contributions to Walt Disney's Fantasia and Pinocchio. In the world of design Oskar Fischinger is a towering figure especially in the field of motion graphics and animation.

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.

Today's Doodle aims to pay homage to him, while allowing users to compose their own visual music. Simply select one of the instruments and begin clicking to create a pattern that'll produce a sound that's unique to you.

"It's wonderful to know that his work, which has been steadily praised since the 1920s, will continue to receive worldwide recognition".

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If you have been surfing the web today you may have noticed an interesting Google Doodle and if you have clicked on it you will have been exposed to a pioneering world of music and art combined founded by Oskar Fischinger.

His films would mostly be drawn or photographed by hand, frame-by-frame.

When the United States entered World War II, Fischinger and his family were classified as "enemy aliens" and he was forbidden to work in media, including the film industry.

He moved to the USA, where he worked for major studios such as Paramount, MGM and Disney.

He took up oil painting, and in 1947 created the seminal Motion Painting No 1 - a short animated film created by filming individual brushstrokes of paint on acrylic glass.

He filled the last 20 years of his life with unfinished projects, paintings and his "colour-play instrument", the Lumigraph.


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