Feel like making some music today? Google’s here to help you out with that.
Today’s interactive Google Doodle honors filmmaker and artist Oskar Fischinger on his 117th birthday. The influential German was best known for mixing the worlds of abstract motion graphics and animation with music, working in Hollywood on movies and on his own intricate animations and paintings.
You’ll be able to create your own tunes with the Doodle it’s an addictive, soothing experience once you get the hang of it.
Using the Doodle is easy. Just click on the Google logo, let the program load and click on your PC, or tap the screen on your smartphone to cue a single beat from any of the four instrument options. If you layer the notes just right, you’ll be able to create more than just a simplistic tune.
Since the Doodle honors Fischinger’s design work, too, there’s some appropriately abstract visualizations to sync up with your masterpiece.
It’s easy to get lost in the complimentary colors, shapes, and sounds, making this Doodle one that will definitely wind up taking out a chunk of the workday.
Angie Fischinger, the artist’s daughter, was given a special credit for helping to make the Doodle happen. In a statement, she talked about her family’s experience immigrating from Germany in 1936 after the rise of Hitler.
“It means so much to me to see this celebration of my father’s art,” she wrote. “Its wonderful to know that his work, which has been steadily praised since the 1920s, will continue to receive worldwide recognition.”
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