Mary Ellen Bute Biography
In the mid 1930s, Mary Ellen Bute was the first American
to make abstract motion pictures, and in the early 1950s
the first person in the world to use electronic imagery in a
film. She studied with experimental music pioneers Joseph
Schillinger and Leon Theremin. Bute's introduction to Ted
Nemeth led to a partnership (and marriage in 1940) that
produced 12 short musical abstract films.
Bute in partnership with Ted Nemeth produced 35mm
"seeing sound" films visualizing popular music for
presentation at Radio City Music Hall.
Mary Ellen Bute