Studie Nr. 7 Oskar Fischinger
Wow, Fischinger is amazing. Anybody want to post more links to his work or videos that he's influenced?
It's a shame his filmography hasn't been collected on DVD yet. I think there's an audience for it. I'd buy it the day it came out.
Can anybody recommend any DVDs by Brakhage, etc. that are vital?
See also Colleen - The Happy Sea - maybe this stuff needs to be anthologized on Videoville. What kinda category is this, anyway? Minimalism?
if u like fischinger u should check out norman mclaren, len lye, stan brakage and harry smith. i see these guys getting ripped off all the time and they worked primarily in the first half of the last century!
the only thing that i think comes close to music driven abstraction lately is alex rutterfords gantz graf. and there hasnt been enough 3d abstract stuff done at all..
michel gondry has cited mclaren as a big influence.
KEV: Criterion released a Brakhage compilation that's worth a look:
Fischinger's stuff is great. It's funny, the first time I saw his stuff was in my hotel room in Mexico. I have no idea why it was playing, but I was transfixed. Or drunk. Or both. Thanks for posting it!
The Criterion DVD is the best place to get your fill of Brakhage. I'm on the fence about the guy. As a fellow Coloradan, I should probably back him more, but he's so damn arrogant. That's half the fun of the DVD, I suppose. Watching him weave these elaborate explanations of why he tapes moth wings to celluloid.
Looked around for Liquid Liquid's "Cavern" which, in 1997, Richard McGuire set Oskar's Seelische Konstruktionen on top of. Brilliant. Hopefully you've seen it.
what!? cavern sums up my youth in one track. set to fischy? this must be found...
It'll show up someday.. Send me $100 and it'll show up sooner ;)
A 3/4" video tape of "Cavern" was sold with the Grand Royal auction, so I'm guessing the beta is with Richard McGuire (prolly not MoWax).
haha This may creep ppl out, but there's a Richard McGuire in Jamaica, NY. I'll be kind and not point to the phone # here..
Kev luvs him some mv research (really, this vid is pretty well worth it)
Well, I just rewatched the vid, and honestly I think you'll be disappointed with it, P. I personally love it despite its foibles, but the visuals don't go hand-in-hand with the music.
The visuals themselves are incredible. Starts out with two guys drinking together, then they fight and things get extremely elastic. Their bodies, the walls, the ground, everything stretches into all sort of shapes as they brawl. People become staircases, walls fight back, etc. Very very cool, but it rarely 'goes with' the music. It's just accompaniment, though I think Cavern is laid back enough to accept something like that.
"When the World Got Drunk" sounds right.
you mean you're sitting on a copy and you HAVEN'T DIGITISED/UPLOADED IT YET!?
I don't have the tech. That's why I ask for the $100, or advice on how to get a VHS tape easily onto a Mac.. (I have a cheapo Samsung SCD23 miniDV cam and Final Cut Express)
this is great fun ;-) go ahead, kev, make him jealous! anything else you might have in your archives? pr is in italy, so just go ahead & tease him … he won't come round your house to check. (well then again, he might not be in italy at all)
still, we'd all like to see what you see!
funtoo - Really I would love to be able to digitize this stuff, for lots of reasons. I've got 4200 videos - lotsa rare ones - many I'd love to share. Budget just doesn't allow, though I'm working on that. I love teasing P, though, true.
KEV: Use your mindv cam as a VTR. Just route your vcr (or any respective deck) into the cam and then use your firewire cable to go into your comp. In your capture settings, make sure you're digitizing said input as DVNTSC and controlling said input as a "non controllable device". Hit CAPTURE NOW.
Is there a way to do that when my vcr has no S-Video out? The RCAs don't seem to do the trick.. I think that's my #1 problem. (Getting an SVHS VCR wouldn't be a bad idea for me, though)
Also not sure the cam allows analog passthru
some random fisch-finds:
thanx loads for the question, james!
ehm kev: 4200?? as in FOUR THOUSAND AND TWO HUNDRED!?¿¡
I did a music video show for 8 years.
Kev do u live in LA? Theres place here called Lighting Media that will put your VHS on DV for like 40 bucks
I'll work with a couple of my local tech friends about this soon.. thx for the help!
the cavern/fisch video was abused, used on a commercial dvd release without permission, they didn't even ask or pay the widow any money for that. so the estate said no next time they asked to use it for some commercial release. plus they cropped the image badly.
the more fisch films get abused, the less likely it is that permission gets granted to use them to the next person who asks.
fischinger revistited (and all jazzed up) by michel gagné. "sensology" debuts at 2008 vancouver jazz festival. trailer here.
Has anyone bought this?