Wendy Carlos, Pioneer of Electronics Music, Gets the Biography She Earned #MusicMonday
If you don’t know Wendy Carlos, you for sure know her work. She composed the sound tracks for The Shining, TRON, and A Clockwork Orange. She also helped develop the Moog synthesizer. She is finally getting a biography so that her story can be told and her already secure place in the history of electronic music. And she let her cats walk around on her equipment.
With her debut album Switched-On Bach, composer and electronic musician Wendy Carlos (b. 1939) brought the sound of the Moog synthesizer to a generation of listeners, helping to effect arguably one of the most substantial changes in popular music’s sound since musicians began using amplifiers. Her story is not only one of a person who blazed new trails in electronic music for decades but is also the story of a person who intersected in many ways with American popular culture, medicine, and social trends during the second half of the 20th century and well into the 21st. There is much to tell about her life and about the ways in which her life reflects many dimensions of American culture.
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