Oskar Sala, the German composer and electronic instrument scientist, died on 27 February 2002, aged 91.
Born on 18 July 1910 in Greiz, Oskar Sala invented and learnt to play the trautonium, the electronic instrument used to create the haunting bird cries in Alfred Hitchcock's film The Birds. As the instrument's only virtuoso, Sala performed with the Berlin Philharmonic and worked on the soundtracks for over 300 films.
Posted: 31 March 2002
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