Wendy Carlos

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Wendy Carlos
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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. She helped Bob Moog to create a touch-sensitive keyboard and in the development of the vocoder.

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.
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Albums

Wendy Carlos - By Request album art Wendy Carlos By Request (Album) Columbia US 1975 Sell This Version
Wendy Carlos - Switched-On Brandenburgs album art Wendy Carlos Switched-On Brandenburgs (Comp, Album) CBS Brazil 1980 Sell This Version
Wendy Carlos - Switched-On Bach album art Wendy Carlos Switched-On Bach (Album) Columbia Masterworks US 1981 Sell This Version
Wendy Carlos - Tron (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art Wendy Carlos Tron (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) CBS UK 1982 Sell This Version
Wendy Carlos - Digital Moonscapes - An Evolutionary Synthesizer Tour de Force album art Wendy Carlos Digital Moonscapes - An Evolutionary Synthesizer Tour de Force (Album) CBS Masterworks Digital, CBS Masterworks Canada 1984 Sell This Version
Wendy Carlos - Musica De La Pelicula Naranja Mecanica album art Wendy Carlos Musica De La Pelicula Naranja Mecanica (Album) Discos CBS, Discos CBS Argentina 1985 Sell This Version
Wendy Carlos - Beauty In The Beast album art Wendy Carlos Beauty In The Beast (Album) Audion Recording Co US 1986 Sell This Version
Wendy Carlos - Secrets Of Synthesis album art Wendy Carlos Secrets Of Synthesis (Album) CBS US 1987 Sell This Version
Wendy Carlos - Switched-On Brandenburgs, Vol. II album art Wendy Carlos Switched-On Brandenburgs, Vol. II (Comp, Album) CBS Masterworks US 1987 Sell This Version
Wendy Carlos - Peter & The Wolf / Carnival Of The Animals - Part II album art "Weird Al" Yankovic, Wendy Carlos "Weird Al" Yankovic, Wendy Carlos - Peter & The Wolf / Carnival Of The Animals - Part II (Album) CBS US 1988 Sell This Version
Wendy Carlos - Switched-On Bach 2000 album art Wendy Carlos Switched-On Bach 2000 (Album) Telarc US 1992 Sell This Version
ESD 81372 Wendy Carlos - Sonic Seasonings + album art 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 album art 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 album art Wendy Carlos The Well-Tempered Synthesizer(CD, Album, Enh) East Side Digital ESD 81612 US 1999 Sell This Version
esd 81622 Wendy Carlos - Switched-On Bach II album art Wendy Carlos Switched-On Bach II(CD, Album, RE) East Side Digital esd 81622 US 2002 Sell This Version
ESD81762, ESD 81762 Wendy Carlos - Rediscovering Lost Scores - Volume Two (Quintessential Archeomusicology – Film Music By Wendy Carlos) album art 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
ESD81752, ESD 81752 Wendy Carlos - Rediscovering Lost Scores - Volume One  (Quintessential Archeomusicology – Film Music By Wendy Carlos) album art 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

Singles & EPs

AE7 1530 Journey / Wendy Carlos Journey / Wendy Carlos - Only Solutions / Theme From “Tron”(7", Promo) CBS AE7 1530 US 1982 Sell This Version

Compilations

Wendy Carlos - The Best Of Carlos album art Carlos* The Best Of Carlos (Comp) CBS UK 1983 Sell This Version
Wendy Carlos - The Wendy Carlos Switched-On Bach Album album art Bach*, Wendy Carlos Bach*, Wendy Carlos - The Wendy Carlos Switched-On Bach Album (Comp) CBS Masterworks US 1984 Sell This Version
ESD PRO BOX Wendy Carlos - Switched-on Boxed Set Highlights album art Wendy Carlos Switched-on Boxed Set Highlights(CD, Comp, Promo) East Side Digital ESD PRO BOX US 1999 Sell This Version
ESD 81422 Wendy Carlos - Switched-On Boxed Set album art 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
GOLD-CD 95005 Wendy Carlos - Tron/The Shining/A Clockwork Orange/Switched On Bach 2000 album art Wendy Carlos Tron/The Shining/A Clockwork Orange/Switched On Bach 2000(CD, Comp, Ltd) Platinum Music (2) GOLD-CD 95005 Unknown Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

842799BXS, none Wendy Carlos - Two Excerpts From "Digital Moonscapes" / Sequential Presents "MAX" (The Multi-timbral Synthesizer) album art Wendy Carlos And The LSI Philharmonic Orchestra*, John Bowen Wendy Carlos And The LSI Philharmonic Orchestra*, John Bowen - Two Excerpts From "Digital Moonscapes" / Sequential Presents "MAX" (The Multi-timbral Synthesizer)(Flexi, 6") Keyboard Magazine, Sequential Circuits, Inc. 842799BXS, none US 1984 Sell This Version
32DC 477 Wendy Carlos - Switched-On Bach album art Wendy Carlos Switched-On Bach(CD, RM) CBS/Sony 32DC 477 Japan 1985 Sell This Version