Fwd: Oskar Sala R.I.P.
>Date: Sun, 03 Mar 2002 07:19:25 -0800Perfect Sound Forever
>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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