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begone dull care

As a tribute to Oscar Peterson, here's a unique vizualisation of his legendary piano work: an abstract animation called 'Begone Dull Care' (1949) by experimental filmmaker Norman McLaren. Synchronized to three pieces by the Oscar Peterson Trio, the images were hand-drawn directly on the film stock (a technique known as 'direct film' or 'cameraless animation') to perfectly time every sound to its visual counterpart.

Begone Dull Care - Norman McLaren

Unfortunately, there's only a rather pixelated version online - watch it here.

For more background and images from the film, see this and this blog post.


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