Wendy Carlos is one of the pioneers of Electronic music and has been since the debut of the Switched On Bach album was released in 1968. The album was a huge critical and commercial success and won many awards including three Grammys. The album was also certified platinum and broke new ground for Electronic music.
# Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
# Performer: Walter (now Wendy) Carlos
# Vinyl (1974)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC (Tracks)
# Label: CBS
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN: B0000641BM
# Size: 872 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
Following the release of Switched On Bach, Wendy Carlos composed the highly influential and hugely successful soundtrack for the film A Clockwork Orange. Over the years following the original release of Switched-On Bach in 1968, CBS was overwhelmed with requests for more SOB! Thus the sequel, Switched-On Bach II evolved in 1974.
While the original “S-OB” contains inspired musicality and novelty in equal doses, and “The Well-Tempered Synthesizer” reflected a maturing of vision, I believe “S-OB II” represents the most consistently musical effort of Wendy’s four Baroque releases. Even the inevitable “special effects” timbres here are more wry, and just plain feel natural. For example, the sly suggestion of a snare drum in one of the two-part inventions is a delightful auditory pun unique to Carlos’ sensibilities. The treatment of “Sheep May Safely Graze” falls within the realm of a solo organ performance, but oh, for an organist to have these stops at their disposal!
Switched-On Bach II (along with The Well-Tempered Synthesizer) really shows what the analogue Moog gear could do in the hands of people who knew what they were doing. The performances hold up and the arrangements make the most of the material. This is Bach, after all, so that’s a pretty tall order. Wendy and Rachel’s experience on the earlier albums shows.
After more than 40 years Switched-On Bach sounds, frankly, clunky in places (though it was revolutionary at the time). SOB-II still sounds fresh.
|Selections From Suite No. 2 In B Minor|
|A4||Two-Part Invention In A Minor||1:20|
|A5||Two-Part Invention In A Minor||1:10|
|A6||Sheep May Safely Graze (From ‘Cantata’ No. 208)||5:00|
|Suite From Anna Magdelena Notebook|
|A7||Musette In D Major||1:10|
|A8||Minuet In G Major||1:40|
|A9||Bist Du Bei Mir||2:15|
|A10||Marche In D Major||1:00|
|Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 In D Major|
Analyzed folder: /96kWaCa_SwOnBa2/96k Walter Carlos – Switched on Bach 2
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR11 -1.55 dB -15.18 dB A1 Selections From Suite No. 2 In B Minor – Bandinerie.wav
DR12 -3.53 dB -17.01 dB A2 Selections From Suite No. 2 In B Minor – Minuet.wav
DR12 -1.23 dB -15.57 dB A3 Selections From Suite No. 2 In B Minor – Bourree.wav
DR14 -2.63 dB -18.43 dB A4 Two-Part Invention In A Minor.wav
DR13 -0.98 dB -17.31 dB A5 Two-Part Invention In A Minor.wav
DR11 -2.88 dB -16.04 dB A6 Sheep May Safely Graze (From ‘Cantata’ No. 208).wav
DR12 -0.31 dB -14.74 dB A7 Suite From Anna Magdelena Notebook – Musette In D Major.wav
DR11 -1.61 dB -17.04 dB A8 Suite From Anna Magdelena Notebook – Minuet In G Major.wav
DR12 -3.88 dB -18.64 dB A9 Suite From Anna Magdelena Notebook – Bist Du Bei Mir.wav
DR12 -3.29 dB -17.67 dB A10 Suite From Anna Magdelena Notebook – Marche In D Major.wav
DR13 -1.17 dB -17.59 dB B1 Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 In D Major – Allegro.wav
DR12 -4.44 dB -21.26 dB B2 Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 In D Major – Affettuoso.wav
DR12 -0.55 dB -15.90 dB B3 Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 In D Major – Allegro.wav
Number of files: 13
Official DR value: DR12
- Composed By – Johann Sebastian Bach
- Cover [Design] – John Berg
- Liner Notes – Robert A. Moog*
- Photography By [Cover] – Horn/Griner
- Producer – Rachel Elkind
Second album of J.S Bach compositions performed on the Moog synthesiser.
A Tempi Production
Cover: ℗1973 CBS, Inc. Label: ℗1974 CBS, Inc. Made in Holland. Printed in Holland
- RCM: Okki Nokki
- TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
- Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
- Phono stage: Pro-Ject Phono Box RS
- ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
- Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
- Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
- Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
- Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
- Software: iZotope RX Advanced v2.02, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
- Light de-Clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising
If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares?
Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music. Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.
- DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
- Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
- Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5
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