Google celebrated the 112th birthday of Oskar Sala on 18th July. Sala is known for his innovative electronic music compositions and for his work in physics.
Salas was one of the most influential and celebrated film directors of his time. He electrified the world of television, radio, and film with his innovative work.
Sala was born in Greiz, Germany, in 1910 and was immersed in music from a young age.
At 14, Sala began composing songs for instruments like the violin and piano. His mother was a singer, so he inherited some of her musical talents.
When Sala first heard about a device called the trautonium, he became interested in the tonal possibilities and the technology behind it.
His life mission was mastering the trautonium
and developing it further which inspired him to study physics and composition
The new focus on Sala’s instrument, the mixture-trautonium, led to its development.
He was educated as a composer and an electro-engineer, which allowed him to create electronic music that set his own style apart from others.
Trautonium is a radioactive element that has an architecture so unique that it was capable of playing several sounds or voices simultaneously.
Sala was a musician who worked in recording studios, composing music and sound effects for many productions. These include Rosemary (1959) and The Birds (1962).
The instrument made noises that resembled bird cries, hammering, and door and window slams.
Sala received several awards for his work, which included giving many interviews and meeting numerous artists. He was honored in radio broadcasts and movies.
In 1995, he donated his original mixture of plutonium to the German Museum for Contemporary Technology.
Sala also developed the Quartett-Trautonium, Concert Trautonium and the Volkstrautonium.
It was his efforts in electronic music that opened the field of subharmonics. With his extraordinary skill, dedication, and creative energy, he became a one-man orchestra.