Google Doodle celebrates German electronic music composer and physicist Oskar Sala

Widely credited for producing sound effects on a musical instrument called a melange-trautonium, Google honored Oskar Sala’s “solo orchestra” on his 112th birthday.

Widely credited for producing sound effects on a musical instrument called a melange-trautonium, Google honored Oskar Sala’s “solo orchestra” on his 112th birthday.

Google is celebrating the 112th birthday of innovative electronic music composer and German physicist Oskar Sala on July 18 with a special Google Doodle, which shows him composing music and developing new instruments.

Widely credited for producing sound effects on a musical instrument called a melange-trautonium, Sala electrified the world of television, radio and film with musical pieces such as Rosemary (1959) and The birds (1962), writes Google in a blog post.

Who was Oskar Sala?

Born in 1910 in Germany to parents who had a natural talent for music, Sala as a teenager began creating compositions and songs for instruments like the violin and piano.

“When Sala first heard of a device called the trautonium, he became fascinated by the tonal possibilities and the technology offered by the instrument. His life mission became the mastery of the trautonium and its development, which which inspired his studies of physics and composition in school,” Google said in the post.

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

Contribution and milestones of Sala

Sala also 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,” the post added.

Sala has received several awards for his work – he has given many interviews, met many artists and been honored in radio shows and films. In 1995 he donated his original trautonium mixture to the German Museum of Contemporary Technology.

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