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Le Merle (the Blackbird) is a cutout animation directed in 1958 by cinematic innovator Norman McLaren. Based on a French-Canadian folksong, the story tells of a bird who loses a beak, a neck, eyes, wings, legs, etc, and then finds them in duplicate and triplicate.

In the archives: McLaren’s Spook Sport and Boogie Doodlemore 1950s greatness, and one more from the National Film Board of Canada: How Do They Recycle Steel?

"Poet of animation" Norman McLaren’s Spook Sport (1939), set to Camille Saint-Saëns’ Danse macabre (1874), which has a fascinating back story:

It started out in 1872 as an art song for voice and piano with a French text by the poet Henri Cazalis, which is based on an old French superstition. In 1874, the composer expanded and reworked the piece into a tone poem, replacing the vocal line with a solo violin….

According to legend, “Death” appears at midnight every year on Halloween. Death calls forth the dead from their graves to dance their dance of death for him while he plays his fiddle (here represented by a solo violin). His skeletons dance for him until the rooster crows at dawn, when they must return to their graves until the next year. 

You can find our favorite McLaren here: Boogie Doodle (1948), or check out Oskar Fischinger’s Optical Poem.

Multimedia artist Andy Fillebrown creates visualizations of classical, public domain musical compositions. His YouTube channel, audiosculptures, is filled with 100+ spellbinding journeys through a tunnel of glowing, pulsing notes.

Bonus: some really lovely music. Above, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee

Related: Flight of the Bumblebee played on pianomore classical music vids, or these three favorites: Geometry of Circles, Bach’s Minuet in G, and Oskar Fischinger’s Optical Poem.

via Doobybrain.