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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:48 pm    Oskar Sala biography on Audionautas Reply with quoteBack to top

The German electronics pioneer Oskar Sala was an important figure in the firsts steps of electronic music before WWII expanding the Friedrich Trautwein's invention, the Trautonium to make it one of the most expressive electronic instruments of all time. Here you have the first part (out of four), of his biography (in spanish). Hope you like it. http://www.audionautas.com/2011/10/oskar-sala-el-ultimo-artesano-i.html

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:53 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

A name you don´t come across too often. I had the pleasure of attending a couple of his lectures back in the 1990s.

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Yeah! you're right Stephen, You were lucky to attend these lectures! One of my goals with Audionautas is to pay tribute to those great pioneers of the past like Sala, Trautwein, Mager, Termen, Bode, etc. Certainly, a fascinating time.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:37 am    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

« Audionaut » wrote:
Yeah! you're right Stephen, You were lucky to attend these lectures! One of my goals with Audionautas is to pay tribute to those great pioneers of the past like Sala, Trautwein, Mager, Termen, Bode, etc. Certainly, a fascinating time.

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... Daphné Oram ?

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Yeah electrobs, Daphne Oram, Delia Derbyshire, Ruth White, Bebe Barron... all of them great pioneers, but I'm refering to inventors and engineers before WWII, pre-transistor era.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 12:34 pm    Re: Oskar Sala biography on Audionautas Reply with quoteBack to top

« Audionaut » wrote:
The German electronics pioneer Oskar Sala was an important figure in the firsts steps of electronic music


I totally agree.

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« Audionaut » wrote:
Yeah electrobs, Daphne Oram, Delia Derbyshire, Ruth White, Bebe Barron... all of them great pioneers, but I'm refering to inventors and engineers before WWII, pre-transistor era.

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OK - I understand now Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:26 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Second part here: http://www.audionautas.com/2011/11/oskar-sala-el-ultimo-artesano-ii.html

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:07 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

I always was totally impressed by Sala.

I still could beat myself that I didn't attend one of the last concerts he gave, at an electronic festival in Karlsruhe not too long before his death Sad

So, thank You for the links, Pablo.

I guess I will have to do a little translation work again.

If You keep those great articles coming, in no time I will be speaking Spanish fluently... Wink

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Thanks BruecknerAmbient!!!. It would be great for you to speak spanish Smile About a month ago, Michael Hoenig wrote to congratulate me for the article on Departure From The Northern Wasteland and said I should make versions in English, French and German. I appreciated his kind words, but it's an enormous task.

This second part was especially difficult to write because there were a lot of events going on in Sala's life (new instruments, concert tours, WWII, and so on). I hope the next chapter dedicated to Sala's involvement in soundtracks during the 60s, 70s and 80s will be easier.

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PS. The Karlsruhe festival was not exactly a concert. Sala was invited to play his music on tape during the solar eclipse on august 11 1999. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jj0C7icxYvA

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« Audionaut » wrote:
Thanks BruecknerAmbient!!!. It would be great for you to speak spanish Smile About a month ago, Michael Hoenig wrote to congratulate me for the article on Departure From The Northern Wasteland and said I should make versions in English, French and German. I appreciated his kind words, but it's an enormous task.

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PS. The Karlsruhe festival was not exactly a concert. Sala was invited to play his music on tape during the solar eclipse on august 11 1999.



You're welcome, Pablo!

Nice Michael Hoenig reacted to that, and maybe (vaguely maybe...) because I posted a link to Your article on my FB wall and "mentioned" (linked it to...) his FB presence. He wrote me a thank You as well. Then again, maybe he was already aware of it anyway (just so nice to imagine to be somehow involved Wink )

Actually, I've just opened another thread because I stumbled upon the announcement of a Michael Hoenig interview tonight on a Berlin radio station:

http://www.radioeins.de/programm/programmbeitraege/music_specials/studiogast__michael.html


Ah, not quite a Sala concert, I see - back then, I just saw some announcement and thought he played live. It was some techno event, I think...
However, it would have been cool to see him in person anyway.

Thank You for the video link!

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P.S. Thinking about it, perhaps I could offer to do at least a German and English version of the Hoenig article, since I have the (very rough) translation still on my Mac anyway. Then again, there were quite a few details I didn't really get or had to guess or conclude even with google help, so if I do it, I would do an English version first, and You then should at least proof read it...

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Thanks a lot BruecknerAmbient for you link on your FB wall, very nice of you. I'll be aware of that interview, even if it is in German Wink

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Oskar Sala invited me to the concert he performed when the Zeil-Passage (shopping mall) was opened in Frankfurt in 1993. I couldn´t make it to the show. I still have his letter somewhere.

Some years later I missed his show with Thomas Köner and Burnt Friedman in Berlin. I think this was his final live performance with the Trautonium (which suffered from severe damage during the show and was rendered nearly unplayable). After that, Sala did only lectures (attended one of his last ones in Herne in 1997).

Do you know the Sala documentary "Die vergangene Zukunft des Klanges" ("the past future of sound") by German filmmakers Oliver Rauch and Ingo Rudloff? It was premiered in 2002, just a couple of days before Sala passed away.

Try www.upstart.de, maybe they can still help you out with a copy (if you haven´t got one yet, that is).

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« dronescape » wrote:
Do you know the Sala documentary "Die vergangene Zukunft des Klanges" ("the past future of sound") (...) Try www.upstart.de, maybe they can still help you out with a copy (if you haven´t got one yet, that is).


Great - never heard of that one, thank You for the tip, Stephen!

Smile

Also never heard about the Friedman collaboration, do any recordings exist?

I'm quite fond of 'Nine Horses' thing with Sylvian etc. (...about time to give that one a respin...wasn't it with Jaki Liebezeit, too?).

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 2:10 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Thanks dronescape. It's true, the last live performance with the Mixturtrautonium was that that you mentioned in 1997 with Thomas Köner.

On the other hand, I know very well the Sala documentary Die vergangene Zukunft des Klanges, it's very easy to find everywhere on the internet. Here you have my review. http://www.audionautas.com/2010/12/oskar-sala-die-vergangene-zukunft-des.html

Hope some day will be properly released on DVD.

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