Who was Oskar Fischinger? Watch his most incredible animations

Phillip Butler
June 23, 2017

To celebrate Oskar Fischinger's 117th birthday, Google's doodle has made it possible for you to create your own visual music compilation.

By clicking on a matrix of diamonds, users can create short bursts of art in the style of Fischinger's An Optical Poem 1938.

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

Fischinger left Nazi Germany for Hollywood in 1936 as Hitler cracked down on abstract art.

Oskar Fischinger (22 June 1900 - 31 January 1967) was a US-based abstract animator, filmmaker, and painter, notable for creating abstract musical animations many decades before the appearance of computer graphics and music videos, reports a Wikipedia post.

It then leads to a page where you can visually compose music by selecting dots on an 11x16 grid. The Doodle offers users four different sounds to work with, and enough musical-visual canvas for users to waste way too much time assembling compositions.

"It's wonderful to know that his work, which has been steadily praised since the 1920s, will continue to receive worldwide recognition". He was often unsatisfied with the way traditional media worked. Have you created your own yet? Apart from that, Fischinger was also involved with the development of the three-strip GasparColor film process, a European rival to Technicolor.

Although the film won plaudits - including the Grand Prix at the Brussels International Experimental Film Competition - it did not impress his mentor Hilla Rebay, who had commissioned the film.

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

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