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Wendy Carlos: A Biography

Amanda Sewell


This book is the first full-length biography to be written about the American composer and electronic musician Wendy Carlos (b. 1939). With her debut album, Switched-On Bach, Carlos brought the sound of the Moog synthesizer to a generation of listeners. She not only blazed new trails in electronic music for decades but also intersected with many aspects of American culture during the second half of the twentieth century and well into the twenty-first. Her story features an eclectic cast of characters, including Arthur Bell, Leonard Bernstein, Allan Kozinn, the Kronos Quartet, Stanley Kubrick, ... More

Keywords: Robert Moog, Stanley Kubrick, Moog synthesizer, Switched-On Bach, transgender woman, electronic music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190053468
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190053468.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amanda Sewell, author
Instructor, Interlochen Center for the Arts College of Creative Arts