Wendy Carlos

Wendy Carlos

Composer Wendy Carlos spurred electronic music to new commercial heights during the late '60s, popularizing the synthesizer with the enormously successful Switched-On Bach album. Born in Pawtucket, RI, on November 14, 1939, Carlos pursued her M.A. in composition under Vladimir Ussachevsky and Otto Luening at Columbia University's famed Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center. Following her graduation, she moved to Manhattan, where she found work as a recording engineer. In Manhattan, she met Dr. Robert Moog and, not long afterward, she began playing the Moog synthesizer.

Carlos released her first recording, Switched-On Bach, in 1968. A showcase for the Moog synthesizer, Switched-On Bach interpreted the legendary composer's most renowned fugues and movements via state-of-the-art synth technology; purists were appalled, but the record captured the public's imagination and in time the album became the first classical record to be certified platinum by the RIAA. It also earned three Grammy Awards. A similar effort, The Well-Tempered Synthesizer, followed in 1969. In 1971 Carlos introduced the vocoder -- an electronic device designed to synthesize the human voice. After 1976's Brandenburg Concertos 3-5, Carlos and longtime collaborator, Rachel Elkind, wrote the score for Stanley Kubrick's 1980 adaptation of Stephen King's The Shining. Two years later, she wrote music for Tron, Disney's action movie about video games. Subsequent efforts include a spoof of Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" (recorded with "Weird Al" Yankovic) and Switched-On Bach 2000.

Wendy Carlos Discography


20636 Wendy Carlos Musica De La Pelicula Naranja Mecanica(LP, Album) Discos CBS 20636 Argentina 1973 Sell This Version
79227, 73887 Wendy Carlos Switched-On Brandenburgs (Comp, Album) CBS 79227, 73887 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
MS 7194 Wendy Carlos Switched-On Bach (Album) Columbia Masterworks MS 7194 US 1981 Sell This Version
CBS 70223 Wendy Carlos Tron (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) CBS CBS 70223 UK 1982 Sell This Version
MK 39340 Wendy Carlos Digital Moonscapes (Album) CBS Masterworks MK 39340 US 1984 Sell This Version
SYN 200 Wendy Carlos Beauty In The Beast (Album) Audion Recording Co SYN 200 US 1986 Sell This Version
FM 42333 Wendy Carlos Secrets Of Synthesis (Album) CBS FM 42333 US 1987 Sell This Version
HAL 45951 Wendy Carlos Switched-On Brandenburgs, Vol. II(LP, RM, Aud) CBS Masterworks HAL 45951 US 1987 Sell This Version
MK 44567, DIDC 070458 "Weird Al" Yankovic & Wendy Carlos "Weird Al" Yankovic & Wendy Carlos - Peter & The Wolf / Carnival Of The Animals - Part II (Album) CBS MK 44567, DIDC 070458 US 1988 Sell This Version
CD-80323 Wendy Carlos Switched-On Bach 2000 (Album) Telarc CD-80323 US 1992 Sell This Version
ESD 81372 Wendy Carlos Sonic Seasonings +(2xCD, Album, Enh, RE, RM) East Side Digital ESD 81372 US 1998 Sell This Version
ESD 81352 Wendy Carlos Tales Of Heaven And Hell(CD, Album, Enh) East Side Digital ESD 81352 US 1998 Sell This Version
ESD 81612 Wendy Carlos The Well-Tempered Synthesizer(CD, Album, Enh) East Side Digital ESD 81612 US 1999 Sell This Version
ESD 81362 Wendy Carlos Clockwork Orange - Complete Original Score(CD, Album, Enh, RM) East Side Digital ESD 81362 US 2000 Sell This Version
esd 81622 Wendy Carlos Switched-On Bach II(CD) East Side Digital esd 81622 US 2002 Sell This Version
esd 81692 Wendy Carlos By Request(CD, Album) East Side Digital esd 81692 US 2003 Sell This Version
ESD81752, ESD 81752 Wendy Carlos Rediscovering Lost Scores - Volume One (Quintessential Archeomusicology – Film Music By Wendy Carlos)(CD) East Side Digital, East Side Digital ESD81752, ESD 81752 US 2005 Sell This Version
ESD81762, ESD 81762 Wendy Carlos Rediscovering Lost Scores - Volume Two (Quintessential Archeomusicology – Film Music By Wendy Carlos)(CD) East Side Digital, East Side Digital ESD81762, ESD 81762 US 2005 Sell This Version


MGT 39013 Bach*, Wendy Carlos Bach*, Wendy Carlos - The Wendy Carlos Switched-On Bach Album(Cass, Comp) CBS Masterworks MGT 39013 US 1984 Sell This Version
ESD PRO BOX Wendy Carlos Switched-on Boxed Set Highlights(CD, Promo, Comp) East Side Digital ESD PRO BOX US 1999 Sell This Version
esd 81422 Wendy Carlos Switched-On Boxed Set(CD, Album, RE + CD, Album, RE + CD, Album, RE + CD) East Side Digital esd 81422 US 1999 Sell This Version


none Wendy Carlos Лучшие Компьютерные Игры #11 (24) 2003 Ноябрь(CD-ROM, MP3) ООО "ТехноМир" none Russia 2003 Sell This Version
none Wendy Carlos Computer Music Journal Sound Examples(Flexi, S/Sided) Computer Music Journal none US Unknown Sell This Version

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October 18, 2014
I'm a Walter/Wendy Carlos music lover. Have nearly all the albums shown on this current list. Pardon me, but shouldn't the soundtrack to "The Shining" be on there? Wendy Carlos performed the excellent title track to that movie.

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