Oskar Wilhelm Fischinger's 117th birthday celebrated with a special Google Doodle

Mandy Carr
June 23, 2017

Today's Google Doodle honors what would have been the 117th birthday of German-American abstract artist Oskar Fischinger.

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

A Google Doodle on Thursday celebrates the artist's 117th birthday.

"In the world of design, Fischinger is a towering figure, especially in the areas of motion graphics and animation", wrote Google's Leon Hong.

You then get an option to click around to create your own visual music compilation. "There exists a music of the visual world". Each dot represents a note, and you can select between four different "instruments".

"It's wonderful to know that his work, which has been steadily praised since the 1920s, will continue to receive worldwide recognition". Many of Fischinger's work are in museums and galleries open for public display.

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

Visual or colour music makes use of musical structures in visual imagery which is based on combining musical and visual intelligence creatively to translate sounds or music into a related visual presentations.

Three of Fischinger's films also made the 1984 Olympiad of Animation's list of the world's greatest films. When he arrived in the US, Paramount Pictures offered him a job.

When he was frustrated with the film making industry, he used oil painting as an outlet for his anger and completed Motion Painting No.1 in 1947. It became one of Fischinger's most popular films.

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

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