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Monday, November 9, 2015

Meet Wendy Carlos: The trans godmother of electronic music

The wonderful Wendy Carlos is not only one of the great musicians of the last century, but one of its greatest musical and technological innovators:

In 1968, Wendy Carlos took a Moog synthesizer, an unknown instrument at the time, and electronically reconstructed Johann Sebastian Bach's six "Brandenburg Concertos" into the first ever platinum-selling classical album, "Switched on Bach." The album became the most influential "electronic" classical recording of all time, smashing the borders between classical and synthesized music. It won her three Grammys and sent a message to the world that a synthesizer was a musical instrument, rather than just an obscure machine used by professors in labs to make weird robot sounds...

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