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Wendy Carlos

Born Nov 14, 1939

Wendy Carlos is an American composer and electronic musician. Carlos first came to prominence in 1968 with Switched-On Bach, a recording of music by J.S. Bach painstakingly assembled, phrase-by-phrase, on the Moog synthesizer, at the time a relatively new and unknown instrument. Other classical albums followed.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Wendy Carlos.


1939 Birth Born on November 14, 1939.


1953 13 Years Old Carlos was a musical prodigy who started piano lessons at six and at ten composed "A Trio for Clarinet, Accordion, and Piano". In 1953 (aged 14), Carlos won a Westinghouse Science Fair scholarship for a home-built computer, well before "computer" was a household word. … Read More


1963 23 Years Old Carlos met Dr. Robert Moog at the 1963 Audio Engineering Society show and became one of his earliest customers, providing advice and technical assistance for his further development of the Moog synthesizer. … Read More
1966 26 Years Old Around 1966, Carlos met Rachel Elkind, who went on to produce Switched-On Bach and other early albums. … Read More
1969 29 Years Old …  The album earned three Grammy Awards in 1969 and other classical recordings followed. … Read More


1971 31 Years Old 1 More Event
Carlos contributed a review of the then-available synthesizers to the June 1971 edition of the Whole Earth Catalog, contrasting the Moog, Buchla and Tonus (aka ARP) systems. … Read More
1972 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Additional music not used in the film was released in 1972 as Walter Carlos' Clockwork Orange. … Read More
1979 39 Years Old Carlos chose to announce herself as the featured interview in May 1979's Playboy magazine, picking Playboy because, "The magazine has always been concerned with liberation, and I'm anxious to liberate myself". … Read More


1998 58 Years Old In 1998, Carlos sued the songwriter/artist Momus for $22 million for his satirical song "Walter Carlos" (which appeared on the album The Little Red Songbook, released that year), which suggested that if Wendy could go back in time she could marry Walter. The case was settled out of court, with Momus agreeing to remove the song from subsequent editions of the CD and owing $30,000 in legal fees. Switched-On Bach was the winner of three 1969 Grammy Awards:


2005 65 Years Old 1 More Event
Carlos's complete contributions were finally released 25 years later, in 2005. … Read More
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