Things you probably did not know about Wendy Carlos

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Things you probably did not know about Wendy Carlos

Post by jbuck919 » Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:50 pm

Of course everyone here knows that as Walter she created Switched-on Bach (which is why I am putting this on the classical board), but on a Facebook site that is devoted to classical music I found this:

This week I want to talk about Wendy Carlos. Often cited as the most important figure in electronic music, she helped popularize instruments like the Moog and gave an interesting new take on Bach's music. She initially gained attention with the album, "Switched on Bach," and later went on to score the films A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, and Tron. Later on, she further explored the possibilities of tunings and timbre with albums like "Switched on Bach: 2000" and "Beauty in the Beast"

In the late 1970s, Carlos was one of the first public figures to come out as transgender. During most of the 1970s she concealed her appearance and rarely appeared in public. Since coming out, she has been an inspiration to so many transgender musicians.

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Re: Things you probably did not know about Wendy Carlos

Post by John F » Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:09 pm

I knew all that, but why is it relevant now? Saying that he/she is "often cited as the most important figure in electronic music" is hype. By whom? On the technical side that would probably be Robert Moog. As for music, she/he has created no important electronic music to speak of, and other genuinely important composers such as Edgard Varèse were creating electronic music when Carlos was still in college.


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Re: Things you probably did not know about Wendy Carlos

Post by jbuck919 » Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:40 am

For the record, I can't stand Varèse, and doubt that most here can. All Carlos originally did was make "legitimate" arrangements of Bach for another instrument, something Bach himself did. The rest I thought was relative news, though I am delighted that my erudite fellow poster already knew all of it.

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Re: Things you probably did not know about Wendy Carlos

Post by Belle » Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:53 pm

jbuck919 wrote:
Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:40 am
For the record, I can't stand Varèse, and doubt that most here can. All Carlos originally did was make "legitimate" arrangements of Bach for another instrument, something Bach himself did. The rest I thought was relative news, though I am delighted that my erudite fellow poster already knew all of it.
That Varese excerpt on U-Tube resembled the sound design for "They Came from Outer Space" or any similar third rate sci-fi film from the 1950s. Oh wait, but they used the theremin too...!!

Absolutely priceless. :lol:

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Re: Things you probably did not know about Wendy Carlos

Post by absinthe » Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:09 am

The most important figure in Electronic Music?

Ridiculous statement. Someone doesn't know their stuff. Some of the important composers in electronic music were reported in Die Reihe. Volume 1 was titled "Electronic Music", a survey and collection of useful articles. There's a pdf (English) for anyone interested.

http://www.ideologic.org/files/Eimert-H ... eihe-I.pdf

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