Google celebrates Oskar Fischinger's 117th birthday, doodles

Janie Parker
June 23, 2017

Fischinger's short film An Optical Poem, 1938 was made entirely with paper in stop-motion fashion. In the world of design Oskar Fischinger is a towering figure especially in the field of motion graphics and animation.

Oskar Fischinger's work in Hollywood did not come without difficulty as he often received little to no profits for his works due to the way the studios were run and had a hard time accepting any adjustment to his contributions.

You then get an option to click around to create your own visual music compilation.

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

It would be Fischinger's 117th birthday today, and to celebrate, Google's Doodle allows you to put together a piece of music by using visual cues to assemble a musical loop. He was known for carefully photographing each frame with his own hand. He often spent months, or even years, planning and creating his works.

Oskar Fischinger's 117th birthday brought about a Google Doodle devoted to visual music.

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"Music is not limited to the world of sound".

Fischinger finished his school and later learned at an organ-building firm until the owners were drafted into the war.

There he met Dr Bernhard Diebold, who urged him to take up film-making.

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.

Under the demands of corporate Hollywood, Fischinger grew frustrated at not being able to produce independent films. Motion Painting Number 1 (1947) is seen as his masterpiece. It became one of Fischinger's most popular films.

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