Wendy Carlos
Switched-On Bach



by masada USER (32 Reviews)
June 23rd, 2005 | 4 replies

Release Date: 1968 | Tracklist

Classical music and, well..electronica. At first, this combination doesn't strike people as something that would turn out well. Actually, Switched-On Bach is the best "novelty" record I have ever heard. I'm not quite sure when this was released, but from whta I can tell, it was released in 1968.

The performer, programmer, etc. is Wendy Carlos. With her only tool being a Moog synthesizer, very different to the ones to day. She had to painstakingly program the Moog and play all of the songs note for note. Compared to what people can do with a synthesizer in the present, this is mere child's play. But, for then, it was a somewhat weird, yet astonishing accomplishment to have one person playing all of the instruments on one instrument, and still make is sound viable as a record that could stand on its own.

When I put this record on our turntable, I get the feeling that I shouldn't like this. I do. The album itself seems retro, with blurps and bleeps and all other noises a Moog can create. Sure, it sounds somewhat dated. Actually, it sounds very dated. The thing is, though, it's good that it sounds dated. It's a point in history where electronica seemed to have been created, almost ironically, by classical music. The music itself is very enjoyable, and shows the genius of Bach and Carlos. If you don't like or enjoy synthesizers or electronic music, you may want to stay away. Fans of classical music may also be interest..actually, I think that any music enthusiast should own a copy of this, for it's relevance to musi cof the past and presence.

The songs themselves are all fantastic, but my favorite would definately have to be "Wachet Auf", which seems almost playful and childish to me. Overrall, this is an excellent album, despite sounding dated. It isn't for everyone, though.

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June 24th 2005


Oh. I was thinking about that, but for some reason I just thought I would put J.S. Bach...

June 24th 2005


Sounds pretty wicked, I'd love to check it out.

December 17th 2005


I still think that this needs to be featured. I could write a better review, if it were to be.This Message Edited On 12.17.05

June 3rd 2006


Why this doesn't get any love, I don't know. Still needs a better review.

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