Wendy Carlos- Switched-On Bach (1968)
Here’s one from the archives. The Moog analog synthesizer was designed in the early 1950’s and was one of the earliest synthesizers used (a vast improvement from the theremin). One of the first made Moogs was given to Wendy Carlos as a gift, one which he ambitiously used to cover some of Bach’s more well-known masterpieces. The tedious construction of the first-ever fully electronic album took over two years to complete (the Moog was notorious for going out of tune very quickly and wasn’t quite as ‘user-friendly’ as modern synthesizers). The release was a remarkable, influential hit. It made the Moog famous, leading to the emergence of more electronic based musicians, such as Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream. Amazingly, this album remains the number one bestselling Classical Album to date.
Enjoy these beautiful analog synths here.