Google honors filmmaker Oskar Fischinger with new Doodle

Google gets musical to celebrate filmmaker Oskar Fischinger

Google has honoured Oskar Fischinger, the German-American artist, musician and filmmaker who created incredible works of animated art set to music, with a commemorative Doodle on what would have been his 117th birthday. Google has dedicated a musical google to mark the occasion.

Today's Doodle aims to pay homage to him, while allowing users to compose their own visual music. In the interactive doodle, each dot represents a note. 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. At the bottom center you will notice a "Modify" option, which lets you brush your composition further by selecting musical keynotes or tempo for that matter.

From his new office at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood, Fischinger produced entrancing animations synched to popular and classical music, and he contributed fantastical sequences to Walt Disney's Fantasia and Pinocchio.

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

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"In the world of design", wrote Google's Leon Hong in a blog post, "Fischinger is a towering figure, especially in the areas of motion graphics and animation". His works were impeccable crafted stop-motion animations which were synchronized to music and he constantly fretted and worked over each of them for months and even years before completing a project. Many of Fischinger's work are in museums and galleries open for public display.

It became Fischinger's final major piece, as he never again received the necessary funding to create another film before his death in 1967. Soon he started experimenting with colored liquids and three-dimensional modelling materials such as wax and clay.

After the war, Fischinger moved to Frankfurt, where his fascination with film was born.

Fischinger fled Hitler's Germany for the U.S.in 1936, when many artists and intellectuals - labeled as degenerates by the Nazi Party - fled amid the regime's crackdown on cultural modernism.

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