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Sunday, 25 May 2008

Norman McLaren "Begone Dull Care"






This is an item for my ipod. Bop jazz music by the Oscar Peterson trio and a 1949 piece of work by Norman McLaren that defies the years. Begone Dull Care does banish the blues with an abstract mix of shapes and colour splashes bouncing in perfect synchronisation to the music. A graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, Norman was a great experimenter and pioneer. This seven minute piece was created by scratching on the blank film strip and adding paint and dyes to match. The coordination of colour sequences to different musical sections and instruments is a remarkable feat. A most informative, thorough description of the animator's work has been produced by Bill Schaffer from Newcastle University.

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