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Google celebrates 112th birthday of Oskar Sala, 'one-man orchestra' and German physicist

Google celebrated the 112th birthday of Oskar Sala, the innovative composer and physicist of electronic music, with an artistic holiday logo. Known for producing sound effects on a musical instrument called the trautonium compound, Salas electrified the worlds of television, radio and film.

Sala was born in Greiz, Germany in 1910 and was immersed in music from birth. His mother was a singer and his father was an ophthalmologist with musical talent. At the age of 14, Sala began creating compositions and songs for instruments such as violin and piano.

When Sala first heard a device called a trautonium, he was fascinated by the tonal possibilities and technology the instrument offered. Mastering the trautonium and its further development became his life's mission, which inspired his studies of physics and composition at school.

This new focus led Sala to develop his own instrument called the compound-trautonium. With his training as a composer and electrical engineer, he created electronic music that set his style apart from others. The architecture of the compound-trautonia is so unique that it was able to play several sounds or voices simultaneously.

From behind the recording studio doors, Sala composed music and sound effects for many television, radio and film productions such as Rosemary (1959) and The Birds (1962). The instrument produced sounds such as birdsong, pounding and slamming of doors and windows.

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

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 commitment and creative energy, he became a one-man orchestra.

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