On the anniversary of his 117th birthday, animator and filmmaker Oskar Fischinger (1900-1967) is receiving the ultimate contemporary tribute: his very own Google Doodle.
Fischinger, the influential German-born pioneer of abstract animation and a forefather of the music video, is being celebrated on Google with an interactive app that allows the user to compose a song, which is then complemented by abstract visuals.
“In the world of design, Fischinger is a towering figure, especially in the areas of motion graphics and animation,” said Leon Hong, the creative lead for this Google Doodle. “He is best known for his ability to combine impeccably synchronized abstract visuals with musical accompaniment, each frame carefully drawn or photographed by hand. A master of motion and color, Fischinger spent months — sometimes years — planning and handcrafting his animations.”