Artifact Details

Title

Switched-On Bach, by Wendy (then Walter) Carlos

Catalog Number

102695358

Type

Audio

Date

1968 ca.

Credits

Carlos, Walter; Trans-Electronic-Music Productions, Inc.

Publisher

Columbia Records; Trans-Electronic-Music Productions, Inc.

Identifying Numbers

Other number R68-3516 Library of Congress catalog card number

Duration

00:39:45

Dimensions

12" record

Format

Phonograph record

Copyright Holder

Columbia Records / Trans-Electronic Music Productions, Inc.

Description

Album contains recordings of ten pieces composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed on a Moog modular synthesizer. Walter Carlos utlized an 8-track tape recording system to obtain the multiple takes and tracks required to create the layered sound of the album. Album tracks include Air on a G String, various Bach Inventions, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, and the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major.

On the back cover of LP sleeve: "Electronic Realizations and Performances by Walter Carlos with the assistance of Benjamin Folkman." From the cover text describing the use of the Moog Synthesizer: "Often two pairs of hands and several feet are needed to take advantage of all that the Moog Synthesizer can do, but the instrument is constantly being improved. This album, then, is a proving ground both for the synthesizer and for our collaborative musicianship. We have tried to make our performances musically expressive, electronically idiomatic, and spiritually and musicologically faithful to Bach - conditions probably not totally reconcilable."

Credit

Purchase of Computer History Museum

Lot Number

X5635.2010