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Post by Girl Toes » Sat Dec 17, 2005 8:43 pm

the album isn't as good as the liner notes. "I hope you enjoy listening to this record as much as we enjoy getting paid for it."

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Post by drumsound » Sun Dec 18, 2005 1:48 am

So that Peter andtheWolf is a real record?

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Post by RefD » Sun Dec 18, 2005 4:01 am

drumsound wrote:So that Peter andtheWolf is a real record?
yes.

IIRC, there was also a feature article on it (Wendy, Weird Al and the making of the album) in Keyboard magazine when it came out.
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Post by inverseroom » Sun Dec 18, 2005 6:30 am

My neighbor just told me that there's an article on WC in MOJO! WTF? Gotta go get that.

He also said that, in it, she claims that there never was a "Walter Carlos." That he was simply the creation of the record company, which wanted a male artist.

:!:

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Post by RefD » Sun Dec 18, 2005 6:37 am

inverseroom wrote:My neighbor just told me that there's an article on WC in MOJO! WTF? Gotta go get that.

He also said that, in it, she claims that there never was a "Walter Carlos." That he was simply the creation of the record company, which wanted a male artist.

:!:

that's really good! :lol:
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Post by stinkpot » Sun Dec 18, 2005 2:32 pm

The Switched on Bach record was my favorite record when I was a kid. I'd put it on every night after dinner and "conduct" along with it (I was about 4 or 6 and a little wierd).

I still love it but it's heading towards being worn out. It's the "Walter" version. Really fun stuff.

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Post by ;ivlunsdystf » Sun Dec 18, 2005 3:57 pm

Has anybody out there downloaded her MIDI files for the SOB series (elsewhere on her website)? I will do as soon as I get back home next week. I realize that it's just a bunch of sequenced Bach but I want to tinker with it.

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Post by apropos of nothing » Wed Dec 21, 2005 1:33 pm

Wow, I had no idea I was opening such a can of worms by posting a link. Not my intention.

That Peter and the Wolf looks amazing!

If anyone is interested in THAT story, there's a reasonable amount about it (handled in a way I presume she's comfortable with) as a sidebar in "Analog Days, the Invention and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer", which is an awesome book to read anyway.

One of my favorite Wendy bits is a rant she wrote in the Last Whole Earth Catalog regarding the state of the synthesizer industry in 197...3? Hysterrical. fills nearly a page worth of text of her railing against the technical (and finiancial) limitations of the times.

Her website is pretty cool.

Inverseroom, definitely try and get an interview! I would LOVE to read that.

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Post by inverseroom » Wed Dec 21, 2005 3:03 pm

apropos of nothing wrote:If anyone is interested in THAT story, there's a reasonable amount about it (handled in a way I presume she's comfortable with) as a sidebar in "Analog Days, the Invention and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer", which is an awesome book to read anyway.
Yeah, that's my friend's book. :oops: And that sidebar was the problem. But he's a great guy, and that's a great book.

No response from Wendy yet...but given the MOJO thing, maybe she's becoming more comfortable with press attention. I hope so anyhow!

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Post by RefD » Wed Dec 21, 2005 9:52 pm

it'd be so very groovy if this works out.
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Post by BrianK » Thu Dec 22, 2005 2:55 am

inverseroom wrote:
Knights Who Say Neve wrote:"Beauty in the Beast" is one of the few "alternate tuning" records (from someone with a western academic background) I've heard that is actually good, listenable music. Well worth checking out.
My favorite in that category is Terry Riley's "Shri Camel"--all done on a Yamaha combo organ customized with just intonation. I listen to it all the time, actually, and i don't even smoke pot.
But Wendy's album has SOUNDS you've never heard (certainly beyond Riley's famous Farfisa, and not from synth or real instruments) and music far beyond the scales on a 12-note organ keyboard. It's an amazing combination of things.
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Post by inverseroom » Thu Dec 22, 2005 6:20 am

BrianK wrote:
inverseroom wrote:
Knights Who Say Neve wrote:"Beauty in the Beast" is one of the few "alternate tuning" records (from someone with a western academic background) I've heard that is actually good, listenable music. Well worth checking out.
My favorite in that category is Terry Riley's "Shri Camel"--all done on a Yamaha combo organ customized with just intonation. I listen to it all the time, actually, and i don't even smoke pot.
But Wendy's album has SOUNDS you've never heard (certainly beyond Riley's famous Farfisa, and not from synth or real instruments) and music far beyond the scales on a 12-note organ keyboard. It's an amazing combination of things.
My, my, Brian. FARFISA!??! You of all people should know it was a Yamaha YC-45D :wink:

I definitely need to get that Carlos record though. I'll order one today...

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Post by Girl Toes » Thu Dec 22, 2005 7:31 am

Is this just her newer record, or, i mean... i only have Peter And the Wolf, and Switched on Bach. Are most of her records like that, whats recommended???

Hey IR, I dare you to show up to the interview in a dress.

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Post by AstroDan » Thu Dec 22, 2005 1:10 pm

All I have to say is...the opening credits of The Shining.

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Post by BrianK » Fri Dec 23, 2005 3:45 am

There are MANY more Shining cues and bits in her new CD's "Lost Scores"; some of her very best work is on there, suprisingly for "outtakes".

Terry Riley used a Farfisa live, I used to have the same exact model - I don't like the music myself, so I beg to be excused!

Best work from her - VERY hard to say. If you like classical music done on a synth, I'd say Clockwork Orange, or Switched on Bach II. If you like weird sounds (really unusual ones) try Beauty and the Beast. There's also "Sonic Seasonings", which is an "experimental/ambient" synth album that recreates the seasons of the year pretty effectively....
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