Google Doodle today celebrates Oskar Sala’s birthday; know about the pioneer of electronic music here

    Google Doodle is celebrating the 112th birth anniversary of Oskar Sala, the pioneer of electronic music.
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Jul 18 2022, 09:52 IST
    Oskar Sala, the pioneer of electronic music.
    All you need to know about Oskar Sala, the pioneer of electronic music. (Google Doodle Twitter)
    Oskar Sala, the pioneer of electronic music.
    All you need to know about Oskar Sala, the pioneer of electronic music. (Google Doodle Twitter)

    Google Doodle today, July 18th is celebrating the 112th birthday of Oskar Sala, an innovative electronic music composer and physicist. Wishing Sala a very happy birthday, Google Doodle said, “Happy birthday, Oskar Sala!.” Oskar Sala is well known for playing mixture-trautonium. “Recognized for producing sound effects on a musical instrument called a mixture-trautonium, Salas electrified the world of television, radio and film,” Google doodle informed.

    Google Doodle also tweeted about the same. “Take a beat to celebrate German electronic composer Oskar Sala's 112th birthday. He developed & played the mixture-trautonium, which introduced a unique sound to television, radio & film,” the tweet read.

    About Oskar Sala

    According to the Google Doodle page, Oskar Sala was born in Greiz, Germany, in 1910 and was immersed in music since birth. His mother was a singer and his father was an ophthalmologist with musical talent. At 14, Sala began creating compositions and songs for instruments like the violin and piano.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Follow HT Tech for the latest tech news and reviews , also keep up with us on Twitter, Facebook, Google News, and Instagram. For our latest videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

    First Published Date: 18 Jul, 09:52 IST
    keep up with tech