Who wants a trautonium must build one
ACMC2015 - MAKE!: Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Australasian Computer Music Association
Australasian Computer Music Association
Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
The man most associated with the development of the Trautonium, Oskar Sala, stated “Wer ein Trautonium will, muss sich eins bauen” – “Who wants a Trautonium, must build one”. With only a limited number of the instruments ever made, today if you wish to learn the instrument or perform the works composed for it, first you must build your own. This paper looks at the beginning of the journey to research and build a modern Trautonium, and the implications for the preservation of non-commercial electronic musical instruments to allow them to remain in active use.