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Google doodle honours German physicist, composer and pioneer of electronic music Oskar Sala marking his 112th birth anniversary.

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Google doodle honours German physicist, composer and pioneer of electronic music Oskar Sala marking his 112th birth anniversary.

Google doodle honours German physicist, composer and pioneer of electronic music Oskar Sala marking his 112th birth anniversary.

Oskar Sala (18 July 1910 – 26 February 2002) was a 20th-century German physicist, composer and pioneer of electronic music. He played an instrument called the Trautonium, a precursor to the synthesizer.

In 1958, he established his own studio at Mars film GmbH (4th incarnation) in Berlin. It was there that he produced electronic soundtracks for such films as Veit Harlan’s Different from You and Me (1957), Rolf Thiele’s Rosemary (1959), and Fritz Lang’s Das Indische Grabmal (1959).

He created the non-musical soundtrack for Alfred Hitchcock’s film The Birds. He received many awards for his film scores, but he never won an Oscar. 

He also did much work on German commercials, most notably one referred to as HB’s little man.

He was an honorary Senator of Berlin. 

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