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

Google Doodle for Oskar Fischinger's 117th Birthday

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

Born in 1900, Fischinger moved to Frankfurt after he was declared too young and unhealthy to be drafted in combat for World War I. He wanted to follow a career in music and worked as an organ-builder until leaving school and working with an architect.

The German-American was notable for his abstract musical animations long before computer graphics and the concept of music videos came into play.

Oskar Fischinger created special effects for Fritz Lang's 1929 "Woman In The Moon", one of the first sci-fi rocket movies ever produced. "There exists a music of the visual world", it then takes you to a page where you can visually compose music by selecting dots on a grid.

Fischinger was an artist, musician and film-maker who left Nazi Germany in 1936 for Hollywood.




Leon Hong, Google's creative lead on the Doodle, said of the project: "In the world of design, Fischinger is a towering figure, especially in the areas of motion graphics and animation".

Coming back to Oskar Fischinger, he was best known for his ability to combine synchronized abstract visuals with musical accompaniment. Each dot represents a note, and you can select between four different "instruments".

Fischinger's family carried out his work with the lumigraph after his death in 1967, with his son creating two more of the instruments and his widow and daughter gave performances with it.

Fischinger was also given an office at Paramount. After many years, with the help of Hilla von Rebay and a grant from the Museum of Non-Objective Painting (later The Guggenheim), he was able to buy the rights of the film.

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