George Johann Carl Antheil was born in Trenton, New Jersey, on July 8th, 1900. At a young age, Antheil quickly showed his characteristic ability to play the piano. He grew up in a family of German immigrants while his father had owned a local shoe store. He would then travel to Europe at the age of 20. He fell in love with paris and settled there.Taken from Source 1: “Bad Boy Made Good”, A film by Ron Frank and Paul D. Lehrman, and Source 2: “Ballet Mecanique Documentary” explains a fascination with machines that contributed to the creation of the “Ballet Mecanique”. George Antheil’s style is a mix of futurism and jazz as well as various other influences. Perhaps seeking a fresh start, George left paris in his late 20’s and traveled to Germany. He then created the first opera by any American composer to be produced at a german State Opera House. However, his music was quickly disliked with the rise of Naziism. He later returned to America where he would prove to be a successful film composer. George Antheil Produced 30 films and 15 television documentaries while in Hollywood. In 1945 he published an autobiography named “Bad Boy of Music”. George Antheil sadly died on February 12, 1959. His wife, Boski (Markus), died later in 1978. Their son lives currently in Los Angeles.George Antheil was 23 years old when he started work on the Ballet mecanique. He was to create three versions of Ballet Mecanique. The first version consists of for four groups of player pianos, a larger score that adds two human-played pianos, percussion, and the unique sounds of electric bells, siren, and three plane propellers. The second version written in 1926, is made of a single pianola, and had more human-played pianos. The final version was made in 1953.The first version was never performed as desired because the four pianola parts must be tightly synchronized. His versions still rang bells all over America and Europe, when Antheil caused the greatest riot at any musical event since Stravinsky’s “Sacre du Printemps”. George Antheil’s music continues to serve as a dramatic shift between futurism and the newest way to perceive music.