Wendy Carlos

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Walter Carlos, 14 November 1939, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA. A former physicist, Carlos entered music by composing commercials and, having befriended electronics expert Robert Moog, later took up the latter’s pivotal 60s invention, the Moog synthesizer. He recorded 1968’s Switched-On Bach with the assistance of musicologist Benjamin Folkman, and, despite the objection of purists, their unlikely transcription proved highly popular, topping the US classical chart for 94 weeks and remaining on its bestsellers list throughout 1969-71. The blend of Bach’s best-known fugues and movements with twentieth-century technology sold in excess of a million copies and garnered three Grammy Awards for Best Classical Album, Best Engineered Recording and Best Performance by Instrumental Soloist. Similarly styled follow-ups failed to match such success, and although Carlos was highly praised for 1972’s proto-ambient recording Sonic Seasonings, a suite of four...

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