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17 FEBRUARY 2014

Norman McLaren's SYNCHROMY (1971)

"Here are pyrotechnics of the keyboard, but with only a camera to 'play the tune'. To make this film, Norman McLaren employed novel optical techniques to compose the piano rhythms of the sound track. These he then moved, in multicolor, onto the picture area of the screen so that, in effect, you see what you hear. It is synchronization of image and sound in the truest sense of the word."

(National Film Board of Canada)

Fig.1 Director: Norman McLaren; Year: 1971; Time: 7 mins; Music: Norman McLaren.

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1971abstract animated filmabstract animation • audiovisual art • changing patterncolourcolour and music • coloured pattern • design formalismdirect filmelectronic musicexperimental music • image and sound • multicolour • musicalizes vision • National Film Board of CanadaNorman McLaren • novel optical techniques • optical composition • painted soundtrack • piano rhythms • picture area • pure abstractionsoundtracksymbiosissynaesthesia • Synchromy (1971) • synchronisationtangible sequencervisual abstractionvisual musicvisual pattern

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Simon Perkins
17 FEBRUARY 2014

Jazzimation: visual abstraction gracefully animated to music

"A jazzy film in which the spectator is forced to look with the ears and listen with the eyes. An abstract film drawn directly on the computer.

Een jazzy film waarbij de toeschouwer gedwongen wordt met oren te kijken en ogen te luisteren. Een abstracte film die de muziek verbeeldt."

Fig.1 Jazzimation (1999): Format / Format : 35 mm; Durée / Length : 5 min; Année / Year : 1999; Couleur / Color : n/b / b/w; Réalisateurs / Directed by : Oerd van Cuijlenborg; Musique / Music : Jeroen van Vliet; Production / Production : Nederl. Inst. voor Animatiefilm; Pays / Countries : Pays–bas / The Netherlands.

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19992D animation35mmabstract animated filmabstract animationanimated drawingchanging patterncolourcolour and musicdesign formalismDutch animationDutch design • jazz music • Jazzimation (1999) • Jeroen van Vliet • motion drawingmusic videoNetherlands • Oerd van Cuijlenborg • pianopure abstraction • Stichting Nederlands Instituut voor Animatiefilm (NIAf) • Ton Crone • trumpet • visual abstractionvisual patternvisual spectacle

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Simon Perkins
06 FEBRUARY 2014

Pierre Hébert: Around Perception (1968)

"Around Perception is a groundbreaking experiment on computer–based animation, consisting of 11 audiovisual events designed to baffle cognition and unrest comfortable notions of reality. Unlike most of his later films, Hébert chose not to collaborate with top–notch experimental musicians and created the soundtrack himself. In this, he followed a method also used by Norman McLaren: to scratch sound directly onto the film itself. The relation between sound and picture, however, is not as symbiotic as in McLaren's Synchromy: although there are organic reactions between the two domains, one is not a direct translation of the other. This, of course, need not be seen as a weakness. Indeed, with its fast–paced changes of color and geometrical patterns, and the employment of Columbia–like richly crafted electronic tones, Around Perception works as a tremendously hallucinatory exercise in trompe l'oeil (and l'oreille) techniques. Or, as stated by Hébert himself at the beginning of the film, an exercise 'for the mind and against the mind'."

(The Sound of Eye)

Fig.1 "Around Perception", Director: Pierre Hébert, Year: 1968, Time: 16 mins, Music: Pierre Hébert.

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Simon Perkins
03 FEBRUARY 2005

Oskar Fischinger: Komposition in Blau

"Surfaces dominate in the abstract animated film 'Komposition in Blau/ Lichtkonzert Nr.1' (Composition in Blue / Light Concert No. 1). Colorful geometric figures are set in rhythmic motion. The music from Nicolai's 'The Merry Women of Windsor' is impressively visualized through a blending of form and color. Fischinger created wooden cubes and cylinders as three–dimensional animated models, approximately as tall as a cigarette, some of them painted and others covered with fabric. 'At first the set seems to reveal a room. But then the floor begins to reflect the geometric figures. Cubes perfectly–aligned in a row, forming a flat mosaic–like surface, tumble apart to form a stairway. In this perpetually changing universe, a cylinder pounds at the floor and sets off a series of waves, and a decorative, flat circle flies into the empty space. The beauty of the colored, geometric forms–a yellow rectangle descends gracefully into the frame–escalates to the frenzied magic of the impossible.'"

(William Moritz, Media Art Net)

Source: William Moritz: 'Oskar Fischinger', in: Deutsches Filmmuseum Frankfurt am Main, Optische Poesie. Oskar Fischinger Leben und Werk, Kinematograph Nr. 9, 1993, p. 42)

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19353Dabstract animated filmabstract filmabstractionanimated modelsanimationblue • changing • choreographycigarettescirclecolourcolour and music • Composition in Blue • cubecylinderdesign formalismflat • form and colour • geometric figuresgeometric formsKomposition in Blaumosaicmotion designmusic videoOskar Fischingerpioneerrhythmic motionstairwaystop framesurface • three-dimensional • tumble • visual designvisual patternvisualisation • waves • wood • wooden cubes • wooden cylinders

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Simon Perkins
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