"Right before the tense finale of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, there is a moment of silence. Not just any silence, though, but a meticulously composed one. Here Hitchcock himself on the scene: "Where the young man opens the door for the first time and sees vast amounts of birds, I'm going to ask for a silence, but I want an electronic silence, a monotony. It might sound like a distant roar of the sea. It should say: 'We're not ready to start yet, we're getting ready, we're like an engine that is purring.'" It was Oskar Sala, the German electronic music pioneer, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year, who composed and played this extraordinary music on his Mixturtrautonium, an early predecessor to the synthesizer. In Sala's groundbreaking score for The Birds there was no actual music, nor recordings of bird calls, only electronic sounds. When Sala died in 2002, we lost the last human being who was able to play the Mixturtrautonium, but thankfully there are over 1800 analogue audio tapes of his sounds stored at the Deutsches Museum. Now Andreas Ammer and Martin Gretschmann have been given access to Sala's archive and have been able to use the sounds to digitally re-imagine Hitchcock's horror-classic as a radio play. Code is the Alien Transistor-Related imprint for radio-plays recorded by Ammer and Gretschmann, of Console and The Notwist" (label info)
soon in stock - please pre-order | DE| 2013| CODE | 16.90

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