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article imageGoogle Doodle lets you create visual music

By Jack Derricourt     Jun 22, 2017 in Technology
Today's Google Doodle offers Internet users a chance to use visual cues to create their own music. And we have abstract filmmaker Oskar Fischinger to thank for it.
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. 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.
Growing up in Germany before the two World Wars, Fischinger collected experience in a variety of roles: he worked for an organ-building company, laboured as a draftsman in an architect's office and then got his engineering diploma before moving into the world of cartoons, animation and experimental film. A screening of his films at an art theatre in Hollywood impressed American agents, and Fischinger was able to get employment with Paramount and move out to California in 1936.
Oskar Fischinger s 117th birthday brought about a Google Doodle devoted to visual music.
Oskar Fischinger's 117th birthday brought about a Google Doodle devoted to visual music.
His work would inspire generations of animators, artists, filmmakers and musicians. Though he took his name off the final work — due to Disney's influence over the final cut of the movie — Fischinger's abstract work in Fantasia would excite the minds of countless audience members.
And while Google's Doodle is wonderful, it's not nearly as impressive as Fischinger's original work. Films like 1938's 'Optical Poem' had to be put together manually.
Google's Doodles have paid tribute to many famous people over the years, many of them artists that inspired design and innovation over the years. Recently, for African History Month, they paid tribute to Edmonia Lewis, the first highly esteemed African American sculptor.
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