Colour Box by Len Lye is a seminal work by the New Zealand-born artist. Made in 1935, Lye painted directly onto the film strip to create this piece, synchronising his dynamic shapes and squiggles with an upbeat rumba track. This piece can be viewed for free on BFI Player.
Begone Dull Care by Norman McLarren & Evelyn Lambart is an extraordinary short animation from 1949, in which the artists painted colours, shapes, and transformations directly on to their filmstrip. The result is a vivid interpretation, in fluid lines and colour, of jazz music played by the Oscar Peterson Trio. This piece can be viewed for free on the National Film Board of Canada website.
Lignes et Points by François Bayle & Piotr Kamler – created in 1966 – is a collaboration between composer Bayle and animator Kamler that attempts to create sound and image in parallel, resulting in a completely abstract film. The artists combine violent light spots, solid lines and sound to establish a world where sound and image are considered as completely interdependent elements. This piece can be viewed for free on Arts Sonores.