Wendy Carlos ‎– Secrets Of Synthesis

East Side Digital ‎– ESD81702
CD, Album, Enhanced, Reissue

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Introduction: (2:06)
1 Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Third Movement
Composed By – J.S. Bach*Producer – Rachel Elkind-Tourre*
2 Examples Of Analog Timbres 3:46
Choral Tone, Vibrato, Articulation: (2:55)
3 Symphony No. 9, Hard/Soft Attacks
Composed By – Beethoven*Producer – Rachel Elkind-Tourre*
Vocal Synthesis:
Producer – Rachel Elkind-Tourre*
4.a Domine Ad Adjuvandum
Composed By – Monteverdi*
4.b Elking Intro & Symphony No. 9, Singing Vocoder
Composed By – Beethoven*
4.c "Timesteps," Vocoded Gregorian Chant Intro
Composed By – Carlos*
4.d "Timesteps," Vocoded Vocal Duet
Composed By – Carlos*
Performance Values:
Producer – Rachel Elkind-Tourre*
5.a Performed Rhythm Track, "Timesteps"
Composed By – Carlos*
5.b "Brandenburg No. 6," First Movement, With Touch Sensitivity
Composed By – Bach*
5.c "Bist Du Bei Mir", Too Expressive Original
Composed By – Bach*
5.d "Bist Du Bei Mir", Sustained Parts Added
Composed By – Bach*
Simple Orchestration:
Producer – Rachel Elkind-Tourre*
6.a Carlos: "Pomp Rag," Opening
Composed By – Carlos*
6.b Bach: Brandenburg No. 1, First Movement, Oboes/Strings/Together
Composed By – Bach*
6.c Bach: Brandenburg No. 1, "Polacca": Original/Percussive/Together
Composed By – Bach*
Electronic Pointillism & Hocketing:
Composed By – D. Scarlatti*Producer – Rachel Elkind-Tourre*
7.a Sonata In D, K 491
7.b Sonata In D, K 96, Tutti
7.c Sonata K 96, Taken Apart And Reassembled
7.d Sonata In G, K 455
For Spatial Motion:
Composed By – Carlos*Producer – Rachel Elkind-Tourre*
8 Geodesic Dance 1:11
Ensemble Performance Via Click-Tracks:
Producer – Rachel Elkind-Tourre*
9.a Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, Third Movement, Metronomic
Composed By – Bach*
9.b Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, First Movement, Rubato Cadenza
Composed By – Bach*
9.c "Pompous Circumstances" — Fantasy
Composed By – Carlos*
Imitative Synthesis:
Producer – Rachel Elkind-Tourre*
10.a "Pompous Circumstances" — Piperpomp
Composed By – Carlos*
10.b "William Tell," Introduction
Composed By – Rossini*
Musique Concrete Plus Synthesizer:
Composed By – Carlos*Producer – Rachel Elkind-Tourre*
11.a "Sonic Seasonings" — Summer
11.b "Sonic Seasonings" — Spring
Orchestra With Synthesizer:
Composed By – Carlos*Producer – Wendy Carlos
12 "Tron": Orchestra Plus Analag And Digital Synthesizer
Digital Synthesis:
Composed By – Carlos*Producer – Wendy Carlos
13.a "Io," Percussion Section Only
13.b "Ganymede," Full Orchestra Replicas
Digital Vs. Analog: (5:59)
14.a "Iapetus," Final Version
Composed By – Carlos*Producer – Wendy Carlos
14.b "Nutcracker — Trepak"
Composed By – Tchaikovsky*Producer – Rachel Elkind-Tourre*
Hybrid Timbres:
Producer – Wendy Carlos
15 PSTRAD Timbre During Final Cadenza, "Luna"
Composed By – Carlos*
Alternative Tunings — The Future:
Producer – Wendy Carlos
16 "Ganymede," Ending
Composed By – Carlos*

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  • Photography ByVernon Smith (2)
  • Producer [All Other Music Cues Not Listed Above Realized By], Narrator, Engineer, Synthesizer, Liner Notes, Composed By [All Other Music Cues Not Listed Above]Wendy Carlos


A Catalyst Production for Serendip, LLC
© 1986, 2003 ℗ 1986 Serendip LLC
Originally released on LP in 1986

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 021561817029
  • Matrix / Runout: 20031<1012>ESD81702 DADR
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L483
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 8108
  • Rights Society: BMI

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
FM 42333 Wendy Carlos Secrets Of Synthesis(LP) CBS FM 42333 US 1987 Sell This Version
FMT 42333 Wendy Carlos Secrets Of Synthesis(Cass, Album, Chr) CBS FMT 42333 US 1987 Sell This Version
ESD81702 Wendy Carlos Secrets Of Synthesis(CD, Album, Enh, RE, Unofficial) East Side Digital (2) ESD81702 Russia 2018 Sell This Version
MK 42333 Wendy Carlos Secrets Of Synthesis(CD, Album) CBS MK 42333 US 1987 Sell This Version