Google doodle celebrates Oskar Sala, the German electronic music pioneer and physicist

Google doodle commemorated the 112th birthday of Oskar Sala, an innovative electronic music composer and German physicist. Oskar Sala is well known for developing and performing the trautonium mix, which introduced a unique sound to TV, radio and film. “Best known for producing sound effects on a musical instrument called a melange-trautonium, Salas has electrified the worlds of television, radio and film,” according to the Google doodle page.

Electronic music pioneer Oskar Sala was born in Greiz, Germany in 1910 and is said to have been immersed in music from birth, his mother being a singer and his father a musically talented ophthalmologist. At the age of 14, the musical genius started his own and started creating compositions and songs for instruments like violin and piano.

“When Sala first heard a device called the trautonium, he became fascinated by the tonal possibilities and the technology offered by the instrument,” according to the Google doodle page. Apparently, his mission in life became to perfect the trautonium, leaving an indelible mark, developing this is what inspired his studies in physics and composition.

“This new orientation led Sala to develop his own instrument called the melange-traautonium. With his training as a composer and electro-engineer, he creates electronic music that sets his style apart from others. The mix-traautonium architecture is so unique that it was able to play multiple sounds or voices simultaneously,” according to the Google doodle page.

It should be noted that Oskar Sala composed musical pieces and sound effects for numerous television, radio and film productions, behind the door of a recording studio. Famous films include Rosemary (1959) and The Birds (1962). Interestingly, the instrument created noises that perfectly resembled the chirping of birds, pounding and slamming of doors and windows, which resulted in Oskar Sala receiving several awards for his work. Oskar Sala became very well known by giving many interviews, meeting many artists and being honored in radio shows and films.

Notably in 1995, Oskar Sala reportedly donated his original trautonium mix to the German Museum of Contemporary Technology and built the Quartett-Trautonium, the Concert Trautonium and the Volkstrautonium. “His efforts in electronic music opened up the field of subharmonics. With his dedication and creative energy, he became a solo orchestra. Happy birthday, Oskar Sala!”, shared the Google Doodle page.

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