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Oskar Fischinger Paintings

story © Michael Betancourt | published November 26, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print

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Paintings by Oskar Fischinger along with a basic bio.

It's funny to see how derivative his paintings look when compared to his films. I wonder if this is a common problem for artists working in a temporal medium when they attempt to work in a static one like painting.

Norman McLaren on DVD

story © Michael Betancourt | published November 24, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print

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I'm very happy to see this DVD come out. Norman McLaren: The Collector's Edition contains many of his best known works:, including his academny-award winning animation, Neighbors. Also included: Begone Dull Care, Pas de deux, Boogie-Doodle, Synchromy, Mosaic, A Phantasy, Blinkity Blank, Le Merle, Lines-Horizontal, A Chairy Tale, Animated Motion: Part 5, New York Lightboard Record, and Narcissus.

Bing Crosby and the Auroratone

story © Michael Betancourt | published November 16, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print

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According to Malcolm Macfarlane's Bing Crosby Diary 1940-1949, Crosby provided music for Cecil Stokes (1910-1956) for several Auroratone films used in mental hospitals by the US Government.

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Kaleidoscope Patents!

story © Michael Betancourt | published November 15, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print

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Jon Sondregger's site has a collection of kaleidoscope patents that include some visual music instruments.

Visual Music Instrument Patents, vol. 1 available

story © Michael Betancourt | published November 7, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print

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Visual Music Instrument Patents Volume One is a collection of primary source documents for visual music instruments, often called "color organs," gleaned from the United States Patent Office. Information about these devices is often only available through the inventor's patent applications, but these applications are not currently available except through the time-consuming process of searching Patent Office databases. This volume is an informational resource for those instruments that are already known and studied (Bishop, Rimington, Wilfred, Fischinger), and includes a number of patents for other instruments that have not been examined as thoroughly (Munsell, Hallock-Greenewalt, others). Volume One also includes a few patents that are related to visual music instruments such as systems of notation for writing visual music and devices for determining "color harmony" through a relationship to musical form.

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