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Oskar Sala 112th Birthday: Google honours ‘one-man orchestra’ with Doodle

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Who is Oskar Sala?

Why Google is celebrating his 112th Birthday? Oskar Sala (18 July 1910 – 26 February 2002) was a 20th-century German physicist, composer and a pioneer of electronic music. Google honour Oskar Sala with an artistic doodle today.

Born on July 18, 1910 in Greiz, Germany, Sala is best known for his work in the field of electronic music and for creating sound effects for TV, radio, and films on a musical instrument called trautonium. His most famous work includes the eerie bird sounds in Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’ and in Rosemary (1959).

He also built

  • the Quartett-Trautonium,
  • Concert Trautonium and
  • the Volkstrautonium

Sala’s Volkstrautonium was presented to the public at the Berliner Funkausstellung radio exhibition in 1933.

Few Key Roles for Oskar Sala

Soundtrack Behind Poem (2004)
Sound Department Reineke Fuchs (1989)
Music Department The Box (2000)
Oskar Sala

One of the most important figures and pioneers of electronic music of the 20th century was Oskar Sala (1910–2002).

Google Doodle

Today’s google Doodle celebrates what would have been the 112th birthday of Oskar Sala, an innovative electronic music composer and physicist.

Sound department

1989 – Reineke Fuchs (TV Movie) (sound effects)
1963 – The Birds (electronic sound production and composition)
1959 – The Bridge (sound effects)

Filmography – Oskar Sala Composer

TitleRelease Year
Window with a View  (Short)2001
Oskar Sala: The Former Future of Sound  (Documentary)2000
III The Box (Short) (original score)2000
Tatort (TV Series) (1 episode)2000
Kingdom of Poet O (Short documentary)2000
Ich war Bürger der DDR (TV Movie  documentary)1999
Kiss My Blood1998
That Was the GDR: A History of the Other  Germany (TV Mini Series documentary)1993
The Last U1993
Gestern war heute noch morgen (TV Movie  documentary)1992
Unterwegs nach Kathmandu (TV Movie)1971
Carbon (Documentary short)1968
Make Love Not War1968
Magic Light (Documentary short)1967
Kaum zu glauben (Short)1965
unter dir der himmel (Documentary short)1965
Krampus und Angelika (TV Movie)1965
The Death Ray of Dr. Mabuse1964
The Strangler of Blackmoor Castle1963
Sounding the Surface (Short)1963
Vulkanisches Antlitz (Documentary short)1962
Tagebuch eines Reporters (Short)1961
Geheimnis eines Stahls (Short)1960
Mit dem ‘Adler’ fing es an (Short)1960
Zündhölzer (Documentary short)1960
Atomic Power Ahead (Short)1960
Das magische Band (Documentary short)1960
Schöpfung ohne Ende1957
Snow White and Rose Red1955
Armer Hansi (Short)1943

The Legacy of Oskar Sala – Google Arts & Culture

As a musician, composer, and natural scientist, he fully devoted himself to the playing and development of the Trautonium in its many different forms—an instrument invented by Friedrich Trautwein at the end of the 1920s which could be used to produce all kinds of sounds and noises. The Trautonium is still considered the precursor to the synthesizer to this day.

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Sala Personal info

Sala was born on July 18, 1910 in Greiz, Thuringia and came from a very musical family. His mother Annemarie (1887–1959) worked as a singer, and his father Paul (1874–1932) was an ophthalmologist who fostered his musical talent.

Sala was creating his own compositions even in his youth, such as sonatas and songs for violin and piano when he was 14. In 1962, he presented his own works for the first time at a concert in his hometown.

Deutshces Museum

In 2000, he donated his estate to the Deutsches Museum. He remained the only Trautonium player throughout his life. Sala died on February 26, 2002 in Berlin.

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