Wendy Carlos

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It should be noted that this artist originally performed as Walter Carlos and only became Wendy Carlos after a sex change operation. For this reason, several release groups and releases are credited to Walter Carlos.

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Legal name: Walter Carlos, Wendy Carlos


Wendy Carlos (born Walter Carlos; November 14, 1939) is an American composer and performer, known for her use of electronic instruments to play classical music, and for her film scores.

Carlos first came to prominence in 1968 with Switched-On Bach, a recording of music by J.S. Bach assembled phrase-by-phrase on a Moog synthesizer, at the time a relatively new and unknown instrument. The album earned three Grammy Awards in 1969 and other classical recordings followed.

Carlos later began releasing original compositions, including the first album of synthesized environmental sounds, Sonic Seasonings (1972) and an album exploring alternate tunings Beauty in the Beast (1986). She has worked in film music, writing and performing scores for two Stanley Kubrick movies, A Clockwork Orange (1971) and The Shining (1980), as well as Walt Disney's Tron (1982).

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 Switched‐On Bach Walter Carlos 5 7
1969 The Well‐Tempered Synthesizer Walter Carlos 4 1
1972 Sonic Seasonings Walter Carlos 3 2
1973 Switched-On Bach II Walter Carlos 5 2
1984 Digital Moonscapes Wendy Carlos 3 2
1986 Beauty in the Beast Wendy Carlos 3 3
1987 Secrets of Synthesis Wendy Carlos 1
1987 Switched-On Brandenburgs, Volume 2 Wendy Carlos 5 2
1988 Peter and the Wolf “Weird Al” Yankovic & Wendy Carlos 1
1990 Switched‐On Brandenburgs, Volume 1 Wendy Carlos 5 1
1992 Switched-On Bach 2000 Wendy Carlos 3
1998 Tales of Heaven and Hell Wendy Carlos 2
2001 The Well‐Tempered Synthesizer Wendy Carlos 4 1
2003 By Request Wendy Carlos 3 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 Switched-On Brandenburgs Wendy Carlos 2
1999 Switched‐On Boxed Set Wendy Carlos 2
2005 Rediscovering Lost Scores, Volume 1 Wendy Carlos 1
2005 Rediscovering Lost Scores, Volume 2 Wendy Carlos 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 Walter Carlos’ Clockwork Orange Walter Carlos 3.5 2
1982 Tron Wendy Carlos 3.25 4
1989 Orange Mecanique Wendy Carlos 1

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