Who was Oskar Fischinger? Watch his most incredible animations

Herbert Rhodes
June 23, 2017

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

The artist's died in 1967, was known for pairing abstract visuals with music, long before computer graphics and music videos. He made over 50 short films like Motion Painting No. 1 (1947), it has been listed on the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress.

Click on the Doodle to enter the world of music and animation that saw Fischinger flourish in Hollywood and contribute to some classic animations such as Disney's Fantasia. 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. Each dot represents a note, the composition is played on a loop.

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Coming back to Oskar Fischinger, he was best known for his ability to combine synchronized abstract visuals with musical accompaniment. In the world of design Oskar Fischinger is a towering figure especially in the field of motion graphics and animation.

Fischinger's work to this day remains near-impossible to replicate, dancing the line between absolute precision and a human touch.

Fischinger had made dozens of films and was a respected member of the European avant-garde when he fled Germany in 1936 and moved to Los Angeles. 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. Filmmaker Orson Welles, who had hired Fischinger to work on a jazz-themed film, continued to financially support Fischinger out of his own pocket when he became unable to work.

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