Google Doodle Honors Electronic Music Pioneer Oskar Sala

In 1910, Sala was born in the small town of Greiz in eastern Germany. He was immersed in music from an early age, focusing on instruments such as the organ and piano.

In honor of his contribution to electronic music, Google dedicated a holiday logo to Sal this Monday on his 112th birthday.

Sala refined the design of the instrument to a mix-trautonium, which produces sounds by sawtooth oscillations in low-voltage neon lamps and filters controlled by rotary switches.

The sounds of the instrument were often seen in German TV commercials in the 1950s, but a notable contribution to film was Hitchcock's 1963 nature horror thriller about bird attacks in a small coastal town.

Sala received several awards for his work, but never an Academy Award. He donated his original mixture-trautonium to the German Museum for Contemporary Technology in 1995.