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  Wendy Carlos - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Wendy Carlos (born Walter Carlos—see Personal life section below—November 14, 1939 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island) is an American composer and electronic musician.
Carlos was one of the first famous performers of electronic music using synthesizers.
Carlos' musical education began when she started playing the piano at the age of six.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Wendy_Carlos   (857 words)

  
 Carlos - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Infante Carlos of Spain, first of the Carlist claimants to the throne of Spain.
Carlos I of Portugal, second to last king of Portugal.
Carlos Santana, musician, leader of the band Santana.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Carlos   (191 words)

  
 Filmtracks: Tron (Wendy Carlos)
Tron: (Wendy Carlos) Not much of a hit in its initial 1982 release, but a cult favorite for many, this film was the first of its kind to explore with CGI effects for a movie.
Composer Wendy Carlos was chosen to contribute to the soundtrack of Tron, no doubt due to her experimental work with the synthesizer (and, she admits in the notes, she is a big fan of computer graphics).
Carlos employs her GDS and Moog synthesizers, but also a chorus, two orchestras(!), and, on the finale track, a pipe organ.
www.filmtracks.com /titles/tron.html   (690 words)

  
 Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Wendy Carlos
Wendy Carlos (born Walter Carlos, November 14, 1939 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island) is an American composer and electronic musician.
Her first recordings were released under her birth name—being a transsexual woman, she changed her name from Walter to Wendy Carlos.
On her official site, there is an answer to the question of why the original LPs "have a different name on them", suggesting that a male name on a classical LP would have been accepted more readily.
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/Wendy_Carlos   (696 words)

  
 James Wierzbicki / Wendy Carlos
For Carlos this was a labor of love, a sincere effort to demonstrate beyond the shadow of a doubt that electronic instruments could be played as expressively as their traditional counterparts.
Working with a pair of monophonic synthesizers, Carlos would have been able to perform in public any of the three two-part inventions featured on ''Switched-On Bach.'' The performances would have had to be duller than on the recording, though, for with his fingers playing the notes he could not have manipulated the synthesizers' tone controllers.
Carlos did, however, continue to blaze the trail that began with ''Switched-On Bach,'' and for that listeners everywhere should be grateful.
pages.sbcglobal.net /jameswierzbicki/carlos.htm   (1455 words)

  
 Wendy Carlos (1939- )   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Wendy Carlos was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on November 14, 1939.
Carlos remained in touch with Moog after graduating in 1965, and when Moog's device became commercially available, Carlos purchased one of the first voltage controlled synthesizers.
A few years later, in 1969, Carlos released Switched on Bach, which made the synthesizer a nationally recognized musical instrument, and placed the idea of instrument imitation by synthesized means in the forefront of synthesizer development.
www-camil.music.uiuc.edu /projects/eam/Carlos.html   (284 words)

  
 Switched-On Boxed Set by Wendy Carlos at jsbach.org
Wendy Carlos went back to the original master tapes for this collection, producing the most clear and detailed versions yet released.
Also, included are some tracks of Wendy Carlos' narrative explaining the evolution of some of the works, overcoming technical problems, etc. It is a delight to hear, in her own charmingly New York accented voice, the genius behind these incredible recordings.
Wendy Carlos and Glenn Gould are arguably the two persons most responsible for the growing interest in J. Bach during the 2nd half of the 20th century.
www.jsbach.org /carlosswitchedonboxedset.html   (649 words)

  
 Wendy Carlos
Carlos became a recording engineer in Manhattan, and made friends with Robert Moog, becoming one of his first clients, and Rachel Elkind, who was her producer and collaborator from 1968 through '80.
Carlos has written conventional works for ensembles as diverse as the Kronos Quartet, the London Philharmonic, and the Boston Symphony, and film scores for short subjects and full length features.
Wendy Carlos has delivered keynote papers at New York University, the Audio Engineering Society's Digital Audio Conference and other music/audio conventions, and is a member of the AES, NARAS and SMPTE.
www.electronicmusic.com /datafiles/people/dossier/carlos.html   (400 words)

  
 Wendy Carlos - film and synth composer
One of their first major successes was the album "Switched-On Bach" which took works by Bach and played them with sounds from the Moog synthesiser, Wendy being an acquaintance of Robert Moog the designer of this early synth.
Carlos and Elkind were working on new material which they privately associated with Anthony Burgess' book "Clockwork Orange" when it was discovered that a film was being made of the novel.
The collaboration with Stanley Kubrick was not totally devoid of problems and, though not as extreme as the case of Alex North and his work for 2001: A Space Odyssey, some material created for the movie was not able to be used.
www.mfiles.co.uk /composers/Wendy-Carlos.htm   (620 words)

  
 Synthmuseum.com - Magazine
Carol Wright's phone interview with Wendy Carlos took place on Saturday, December 2, 2000, shortly after the rerelease of her newly remastered Digital Moonscapes (1984) and Beauty in the Beast (1986) [see the reviews], two albums as firmly entrenched in digital synthesis as her Switched-on albums were in the Moog's analog world.
Wendy settled into her Village loft recording studio for a long interview, and they discussed Thai food and the ongoing follies of the presidential election as Carol, a continent away on Orcas Island, Washington, tested her phone transcriber.
Wendy: And I would edit in blank leader tape lengths either side of bad spot, to protect the notes that were fine, and carefully avoid recording over the sections before and after these leaders.
www.synthmuseum.com /magazine/0103cw.html   (9833 words)

  
 The Austin Chronicle Music: Record Reviews
Wendy Carlos has been standing on the avant-garde of electronic music for a long time.
Carlos introduced the vocoder in his Clockwork Orange score and was recording ambient music as early as 1972 with Sonic Seasonings.
Carlos' own genius is such that she doesn't have to be on the cutting edge constantly; she's still fine-tuning her original gift to music and keeps perfecting it.
www.austinchronicle.com /issues/dispatch/1999-12-17/music_recviews3.html   (585 words)

  
 Wendy Carlos - Audio samples, biography and discography from Bands on Demand Electronica guide on UGO
In 1968, Wendy released Switched-On Bach, in which she played Bach entirely on a synthesizer (an instrument that the general public was still relatively unfamiliar with.) It went platinum and launched her career and the synthesizer's.
Instead Wendy Carlos looks like your mother, or grandmother--the last person you would expect to be on this list.
However, Wendy Carlos has done nothing short of introducing and pioneering the synthesizer, electric organ, and electronic acoustic sound for the past 40 years.
www.ugo.com /channels/music/features/bandsondemand/electronica/artist.asp?bn=WendyCarlos   (300 words)

  
 A Clockwork Orange - Complete Original Soundtrack - Walter/Wendy Carlos
This fab CD is a reissue (remastered and with bonus tracks) of the original 1972 Clockwork Orange LP that Wendy Carlos & Rachel Elkind (Carlos' producer) released shortly after the official soundtrack was released by Warner Brothers.
Carlos' first album, Switched-On Bach (1968) was an LP of electronic interpretations of Bach's classical music.
After the success of her Switched-On Bach album, Wendy Carlos and her long-time producer Rachel Elkind began working with a spectrum follower - a device that converts sounds, such as speech, into electronic signals that mirror the overtones and rhythms of the original.
www.moviegrooves.co.uk /shop/clockworkorangefull.htm   (552 words)

  
 Carlos and Gould
Walter Carlos had his surgery in the same year as James Morris, in New York, after just as much internal hell as a child, adolescent and young man. He began medical consultations in 1967, and a year later began the required period of hormone treatment that always precedes a sex-change operation.
Well protected by her closest friend Rachel Elkind, she resorted to all sorts of subterfuges, pretending to be out of town on a visit to her parents or on tour, or overseas.
For seven years after her operation the pretence was kept up, with Walter Carlos in early 1979 still being referred to in the music press with cryptic phrases like "he died for us in a very underground way.
www.bikwil.com /Vintage17/Carlos-and-Gould.html   (1449 words)

  
 Music & Computers : November/December '97
For more information on Wendy Carlos and her music, be sure to visit Wendy's Web site.
Carlos changed all that, almost single-handedly: Her landmark album Switched-On Bach, recorded entirely on an analog modular synth built for her by Robert Moog, became the first classical disc in history to sell platinum (a million units).
Wendy Carlos began using additive synthesis in the early '80s with a digital keyboard called the Synergy, which was programmed with the aid of a computer.
www.sonic.net /~ric/music/notes/nd97a.htm   (11595 words)

  
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Carlos has left behind the twelve-tone equal temperament scale that has been the heart of all Western music for the past three centuries.
In its place, Carlos has used several new tunings, some based on traditional tunings from many different cultures, and some which never existed before.
I genuinely believe that Wendy Carlos is the world's greatest living musician; after hearing "Beauty In The Beast", you will too.
music.hyperreal.org /epsilon/reviews/berry/carlos.w.beauty   (1096 words)

  
 Theremin Vox - Wendy Carlos   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Switched-On Bach was perhaps the first album to attempt the use of synthesizers as an alternative to an orchestra; having assisted Robert Moog in the development of his first commercially available synthesizers, she was able to pioneer the technology, which was significantly more complex and difficult to use at the time.
Her first recordings were originally released under her birth name—being a transsexual woman, she changed her name to Wendy Carlos.
On her official site, there is an answer to the question of why original LPs "have a different name on them", suggesting that a male name on a classical LP would have been accepted more eagerly.
www.thereminvox.com /article/articleview/157   (684 words)

  
 Wendy Carlos
Yet she continued to release music as Walter Carlos until 1975, making public appearances in masculine clothing and fake sideburns, until her official coming-out in an interview published in the May 1979 issue of Playboy.
Momus had written a song about Carlos for his album The Little Red Songbook (1998), proposing that post-op Wendy Carlos could hypothetically twiddle through an Einstein-Rosen bridge and marry her pre-op self.
Carlos sued Momus over this jape, and forced him to remove the song from his record.
www.nndb.com /people/721/000031628   (176 words)

  
 Scintillating Synthesizers: Wendy Carlos Computer-Generates New Sounds and Scales - Lou Fournier
This is Wendy Carlos, the person who, in a previous lifetime when she was Walter Carlos, wrote her way into musical history in 1968 with a landmark recording called Switched-On Bach.
Today, after changes of age, gender, musical taste, and direction, she is attempting the feat again with a new milestone recording called Beauty In the Beast.
Carlos took Bob Moog's instrument and put together an album of works by Bach.
www.worldandi.com /specialreport/1987/august/Sa11837.htm   (276 words)

  
 Wendy Carlos MP3 Downloads - Wendy Carlos Music Downloads - Wendy Carlos Music Videos   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Even before Carlos knew of a film project concerning A Clockwork Orange, the composer had begun work on a composition (Timesteps) based on the book.
Carlos also pioneered the effect of synthesized vocals (known as a vocoder), and their eerie nature perfectly complemented scenes from the film.
Though Carlos released another version with more music, that issue was superseded in 1998 by the release of A Clockwork Orange: Complete Original Score by East Side Digital in the label's comprehensive reissue program.
www.mp3.com /albums/329140/summary.html   (367 words)

  
 Biography for Wendy Carlos   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Wendy Carlos, one of the great innovators in synthesized and electronic music, was born as Walter Carlos in Rhode Island on November 14, 1939.
Wendy's first credited release is the "Tron"; soundtrack (1982), which was released on CD in 2002.
Several recordings made by Wendy Carlos when she was Walter Carlos were briefly re-issued under the name "W. Carlos".
www.imdb.com /name/nm0137793/bio   (192 words)

  
 Wendy Carlos
arly this year, Wendy Carlos was in the middle of scoring a film project when she received two boxes in the mail.
The boxes arrived after Carlos acted quickly when, according to her label deal, she had a small window of opportunity to acquire the masters.
The album was released in January 1969 and, much to her surprise, rocketed to the Top 10 on Billboard's pop Top 200 and stayed on the chart for more than a year, becoming the first classical album to sell more than 1 million copies.
www.pauseandplay.com /wendycarlos.htm   (697 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Switched-On Bach 2000: Music: Johann Sebastian Bach,Wendy Carlos   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
A well-read friend of mine and musical omnivore was given the recent Wendy Carlos re-interpretation of Clockwork Orange to replace his lost Lp of the original soundtrack.
Wendy has shown her artistic potential in many other cases, most respectively in excellent Beauty in the Beast.
Wendy used the extraordinary tunings creatively in Beauty in the Beast and achieved masterful musical effect and experience of real creativity and musical magic.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000003CYZ?v=glance   (1693 words)

  
 Prog Rock Corner--Wendy Carlos!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Wendy Carlos burst onto the international music scene in 1968 with Switched-On Bach, a collection of virtuoso performances of Bach standards with a twist--they were performed entirely with electronic instruments.
Most of Carlos' early recorded output consisted of interpretations of other (mostly baroque) composers' work, but with Sonic Seasonings, a landmark work which anticipated ambient "New Age" music by over a decade, Carlos emerged as a composer in (then "his", now "her") own right.
Grammy-winner Carlos is currently working on a gothic Black Mass, which is expected to incorporate baroque themes she explored on A Clockwork Orange.
www.stitzel.com /slop/prq/carlos.html   (326 words)

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