Hy Hirsh
1911 – 1961

Experimental filmmaker Hy Hirsh used oscilloscope imagery in his 1951 Divertissement Rococo, as well as in his 1952 Eneri and 1953’s 3-D Come Closer. Set to African drumming, Eneri (the backwards spelling of his then paramour, Irene) features oscilloscope patterns throughout. Hirsh used a homemade optical printer and a system–similar to John Whitney’s–of drawing on layers of colored oils to add depth to the patterns in different colors, and combining these with backgrounds realized through traditional animation techniques and Hirsh’s …

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Come Closer (1952)