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    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 3, 2002
      >Date: Sun, 03 Mar 2002 07:19:25 -0800
      >From: Thomas Ziegler
      >Hello unto you.
      > It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Oskar Sala,
      >one of our oldest creators and one of the founding fathers of
      >experimental music. From the Associated Press:
      >"BERLIN (AP) — Oskar Sala, the German composer and physicist whose novel
      >musical instrument produced the sound effects for Alfred Hitchcock's
      >"The Birds," died Tuesday, February 26. He was 91.
      >Born in the eastern German town of Greiz, Sala is known for developing
      >and mastering the trautonium, billed as the world's first electronic
      >musical instrument on its invention in 1929.
      >He performed with the Berlin Philharmonic several times, and the
      >instrument — a precursor to the synthesizer — was frequently used in
      >German ads in the 1940s and 1950s.
      >The trautonium was most famously employed to produce the bird calls in
      >Hitchcock's 1963 film. Few people realized the cacophonous calls on the
      >film were produced electronically.
      >Sala donated his original Mixtur-Trautonium to the German Museum for
      >Contemporary Technology in Bonn in 1995."

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