Wendy CarlosSonic Seasonings +

Label:East Side Digital – ESD 81372
2 x CD, Album, Enhanced, Reissue, Remastered, Stereo
Style:Minimal, Ambient


Sonic Seasonings
Vocalese [Vocalise]Rachel Elkind
2-2Winter Out-take5:21
Land Of The Midnight Sun
2-3Aurora Borealis19:55
2-4Midnight Sun19:57

Companies, etc.



Original LP: First released 1972 as Columbia PG 31234
With thanks to: R. Dennis Schwartz, Stephen Temmer, Phillip Ramey, Chris Nelson, Sue C. Clarke, Bebe Schwartz.

Tracks 1-1 to 2-2 produced for TEMP

New CD: John Romkey, Chris & Todd & Georges @ Arboretum Systems, Eric Klein @ Waves, Joe Winograd @ Aris, Matthew Davidson @ MotU, John Klett, and Clare Cooper.
Graphic remix by Drew Miller @ SmartSet.

Cover art: Islands of Matsushima, attributed to Korin Ogata / Accession number 11.4584 / Fund: Felolfosa-Weld Collection / Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Disc One is a "hypertext-enhanced" CD containing additional original notes by Phillip Ramey, a high resolution image of the cover painting, and a snapshot of the "living page" as of August, 1998. From your web browser, choose "Open File" and select index.html.

Logos above barcode:
Hi-D 20-bit
enhanced CD

© 1998 ℗ 1972, 1998 Serendip. [on tray card]
℗ 1972, 1998 Serendip. [on discs]

Packaged in a slim 2CD jewel case with clear tray and 16-page booklet.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 21561 81372 4
  • Barcode (String): 021561813724
  • Other (Disc One catalog number): ESD 81372
  • Other (Disc Two catalog number): ESD 81382
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1: Disc One, mirrored): CD-ROM DADR 1DSN2<1012>ESD81372
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1: Disc Two, mirrored): DADR 1DDW1<1012>ESD81382
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1: Disc One, mirrored): IFPI L482
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1: Disc Two, mirrored): IFPI L481
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1: Disc One): IFPI 8142
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1: Disc Two): IFPI8102
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2: Disc One, mirrored): CD-ROM DADR 1R1G1<1012>ESD81372
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2: Disc Two, mirrored): DADR 1DDW1<1012>ESD81382
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2: Discs One & Two): none
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2: Disc One): IFPI8101
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2: Disc Two): IFPI 8142

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Sonic Seasonings (2×LP, Album)CBS77290UK1972
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Sonic Seasonings (2×LP, Album, Stereo, Terre Haute Pressing, Gatefold)ColumbiaKG 31234US1972
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Sonic Seasonings (2×LP, Album)CBS, Trans-Electronic Music Productions, Inc.S 67267Netherlands1972
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Sonic Seasonings (2×LP, Album)ColumbiaKG 31234Canada1972
Sonic Seasonings (2×LP, Album, Gatefold)Columbia, ColumbiaPG 31234, KG 31234US1972


  • charliesorbit's avatar
    Completely amazing work by Carlos. So ahead of its time, so detailed in the layers of sound design. I too like the 1986 unreleased tracks, virtually a new album by themselves, and it's easy to see why WC twinned them with the original for this re-release. Currently eBay is awash with (what I'm convinced are) bootleg copies, certainly well-produced CD-Rs. There are Russian boots of other ESD Carlos releases from around 2012 according to Discogs. Could be originals but there are details in the printing that seem wrong - variations in colour and text layout - but they do sound excellent.
    • DenkiGroove's avatar
      Had a brand new copy of this one and I managed to drop it on three separate occasions...
      I find Winter to be quite unsettling, but overall I couldn't have asked for a better introduction to ambient music
      • Stuck_In_1992's avatar
        This is the most amazing ambient album I've ever heard period. For years I only had disk one on CDR. My friend who burned it for me didn't know there was music on the other disk and then I lost contact with him. After a while I found it on Amazon and bought it. "Spring" is still the best track. It sounds like a magical garden with friendly insects that don't bite, waterfalls, flowers, and a friendly rainstorm. I used to listen to this on loop to help me fall asleep for years. "Summer" is the worst track on the album, it's full of harsh sounds. It's good if you want to imagine you live next to an airport. "Fall" is similar to "Spring" in that "Fall" has an enchanted fantasy feel to it, only this one makes you feel as though your at a campfire with an Org or Troll and your staring at eachother, enjoying the company while acknowledging each others existence in the form of grunts. Disk two was quite new to me. The tracks didn't imprint on me as much as the first disk but they're all quite pleasant to listen to. I can't recommend this set enough to those seeking nice chill out music to relax or fall asleep to. I've never heard anything else like this, it's quite amazing.
        • mjb's avatar
          This was reissued in late 2003, but no one has submitted the reissue as a separate release. Is it identical to the 1998 release or what?
          • Clogwhistle's avatar
            I have this set on 2xCD-R with the original cover. I contacted the Wendy Carlos home page to inquire about its legitimacy and was told that towards the end of their existence East Side Digital did produce high quality CD-Rs to maintain their stock levels.
            This does not mean that my copy is genuine but it does mean that genuine CD-Rs are out there.

            PS I like the bonus tracks.
            • Foovius's avatar
              The extra couple of tracks aren't very interesting, but Sonic Seasonings is a fantastic masterwork of early ambient, and the remastering job was incredible--no hiss, and great sound quality. I listen to Sonic Seasonings any time I'm trying to meditate or sleep on a plane, etc. It's a collection of soundscapes made of overlayed natural sounds with very subtle and quiet snatches of electronics and melodies throughout--very much in advance of anyone else's ambient work. Not only years ahead of its time, but still different from anything else I've heard. This is one of my favorite Carlos recordings, and totally different from all her other work.



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