Know who was electronic music composer- Oskar Sala, being celebrated by Google

NIO Desk, July 18

Photo: Google Doodle
Photo: Google Doodle

On July 18, Google will honour the innovative electronic music composer and German physicist Oskar Sala’s 112th birthday with a special Google Doodle that features him creating new instruments and composing music.

Sala, who is best known for creating sound effects on a musical instrument called a mixture-trautonium, enthralled audiences with songs like Rosemary (1959) and The Birds (1962), according to a blog post by Google.

Sala, who was born in Germany in 1910 to parents who possessed a natural talent for music, started writing songs and compositions for instruments like the violin and piano when he was a young man.

“When Sala first heard a device called the trautonium, he became fascinated by the tonal possibilities and the technology the instrument offered. His life mission became mastering the trautonium and developing it further which inspired his studies in physics and composition at school. “, Google wrote in the blogpost.

“This new focus led Sala to develop his own instrument called the mixture-trautonium. With his education as a composer and an electro-engineer, he created electronic music that set his style apart from others. The mixture-trautonium’s architecture is so unique that it was capable of playing several sounds or voices simultaneously.,” Google said.

From behind the door of a recording studio, Sala composed musical pieces and sound effects for many television, radio and movie productions, such as Rosemary (1959) and The Birds (1962). The instrument created noises like bird cries, hammering and door and window slams.

Sala received several awards for his work—he gave many interviews, met numerous artists and was honored in radio broadcasts and movies. In 1995, he donated his original mixture-trautonium to the German Museum for Contemporary Technology.

“Sala also built the Quartett-Trautonium, Concert Trautonium and the Volkstrautonium. His efforts in electronic music opened the field of subharmonics. With his dedication and creative energy, he became a one-man orchestra.”, the post adds.

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