November 23, 2022

Memory work. On the institutional history of the Berlin University of the Arts

Concert Hall of the Berlin University of the Arts

Hardenbergstrasse / corner of Fasanenstrasse

Start: 8:45 p.m

Admission free

Lecture and concert as part of the series of lectures on institutional history at the UdK Berlin. Peter Pichler talks to Christina Dörfling and Jan Thoben about the origins of the trautonium in the university's radio testing center in the 1930s. He then gave a concert on the original synthesizer, which explored the instrument's most diverse, then groundbreaking, sound possibilities.

11-13 November 2022
"Pop & Petersilie"
Poetry Festival, Neuruppin

Am alten Gymnasium 1-3

16816 Neuruppin

Start: FRI 7:00 p.m

This weekend, Peter Pichler will accompany various lyricists and poets musically at the Trautonium as part of the Poetry Festival "Pop & Petersilie" in Neuruppin.

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06 October 2022, Leiden NL
"The Birds" by A. Hitchcock

Hooglandse Kerkgracht 17a

2312 HS Leiden


Start: 8:15 p.m.

Peter Pichler accompanies Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" live at the Mixturtrautonium at the invitation of the Leidse Salon as part of a series of concerts on the theme of "The Birds in Music".

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Background: "The Birds & The Trautonium"

Alfred Hitchcock had almost finished filming his new horror film The Birds (1963) and still couldn't find a sound that he found frightening enough. One day, however, William Russel, his sound director, burst into his office in complete disarray and yelled, "Hitch, we've got our sound!"

He had received test recordings of Oskar Sala's Mixturtrautonium through his agent in the USA, Remi Gassmann. Hitchcock later said in an interview that at that moment he thought the pressure was just too much for Russel and he'd finally snapped.

However, Hitchcock was very quickly taken by the possibilities of the new electronic instrument and commissioned Oskar Sala in Berlin to do a test recording of the scene in the attic within three weeks - the most intensive sound scene in the film.

Oskar Sala met the taste of the director and got the job. 

Hitchcock never specified how a sound should sound. Rather, he very aptly and concisely formulated the effect that the setting of a certain scene should have on the audience as an objective. This was of course a nice challenge for the artist and composer Sala, giving him all the freedom he needed.

Of course, the cooperation between the USA and Germany turned out to be quite complex, if only because of the logistics. The film tapes had to go to Mr. Sala's studio so that he could cut the sound in sync with the film. In addition, there was the unpredictable customs duty and, in general, a different approach to work on the different continents. In short: It was a hot ride! The audio tracks were only finished after several days and nights of work at the very last minute before Hitchcock's visit to Berlin.

Hitchcock traveled with Bernard Herrmann, who was engaged as a sound consultant for this film, to Oskar Sala in Berlin for four days for final corrections and approvals and later said "All I did was listen for four days and bring in one or the other change. After that I retired to St. Moritz to relax.”

In this, his most avant-garde film in particular, Hitchcock explored the limits of what was possible: by casting the leading role with a then completely unknown actress, with unknown visual effects and also with revolutionary electronic noise compositions on the mixturtrautonium.

07 October 2022, Arnhem NL
Journey to the origins of electronic music


Huissensedijk 10

6842 AK Arnhem

Start: 7:30 p.m

Admission free - donations requested

Peter Pichler and Imelle Dohle, singer from Arnhem, play classical works for Trautonium as well as works from their past together in their post-punk avant-garde band "Blackmail" 

A special evening at the beautifully situated Bonifatius Church in Emden, Arnhem.

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from September 14, 2022
From September Peter Pichler will be on tour again with Stephan Zinner and his new cabaret programme.

Come over!
"Der Teufel, das Mädchen, der Blues & Ich"
Cabaret program by Stephan Zinner