"Tron (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)" by Wendy Carlos on iTunes

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Although her adaptations of Bach compositions for the Moog won Wendy Carlos three Grammys for her 1968 album Switched-On Bach, it was her scores for A Clockwork Orange and The Shining that got her the job providing the soundtrack for Tron in 1982. What set this one apart from the others was the fact that it was the first recording to meld analog synthesizers with a large ensemble—in this case, the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Both songs by Journey are exceptional (especially the instrumental “1990s Theme”), as are such sweepingly different pieces as “Tron Scherzo,” where Carlos’ staggered tones rub against the grain of descending orchestral notes, and “Theme from Tron,” a (now) retro-future contrast that has aged as well as Vangelis’ score for Blade Runner. Following its release, Carlos went on record to say she wasn’t happy with the recording because it was difficult to time the Moog’s oscillations with the signatures of the orchestra. But nobody since her has blended organic and modular tones as beautifully as on “Sea of Simulation.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Although her adaptations of Bach compositions for the Moog won Wendy Carlos three Grammys for her 1968 album Switched-On Bach, it was her scores for A Clockwork Orange and The Shining that got her the job providing the soundtrack for Tron in 1982. What set this one apart from the others was the fact that it was the first recording to meld analog synthesizers with a large ensemble—in this case, the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Both songs by Journey are exceptional (especially the instrumental “1990s Theme”), as are such sweepingly different pieces as “Tron Scherzo,” where Carlos’ staggered tones rub against the grain of descending orchestral notes, and “Theme from Tron,” a (now) retro-future contrast that has aged as well as Vangelis’ score for Blade Runner. Following its release, Carlos went on record to say she wasn’t happy with the recording because it was difficult to time the Moog’s oscillations with the signatures of the orchestra. But nobody since her has blended organic and modular tones as beautifully as on “Sea of Simulation.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

79 Ratings

Well, well, well...it's about time.

Browncoat Ka-Tet,

I knew that iTunes would HAVE to eventually get TRON. Good job! Unfortuantly, I couldn't wait. Got the import version of it last year. Still, bravo for getting TRON none the less. Because I KNOW there are plenty of folks out there who have been waiting for Wendy Carlos' brilliant synth-soundtrack.

I've been waiting for this.

listensalot,

The music for Tron by Wendy Carlos is perhaps one of the most original soundtracks ever. It is truly awesome.

About Wendy Carlos

Composer Wendy Carlos spurred electronic music to new commercial heights during the late '60s, popularizing the synthesizer with the enormously successful Switched-On Bach album. Born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on November 14, 1939, Carlos pursued her M.A. in composition under Vladimir Ussachevsky and Otto Luening at Columbia University's famed Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center. Following her graduation, she moved to Manhattan, where she found work as a recording engineer. In Manhattan, she met Dr. Robert Moog and, not long afterward, she began playing the Moog synthesizer. Carlos released her first recording, Switched-On Bach, in 1968. A showcase for the Moog synthesizer, Switched-On Bach interpreted the legendary composer's most renowned fugues and movements via state-of-the-art synth technology; purists were appalled, but the record captured the public's imagination and in time became the first classical album certified platinum by the RIAA. It also earned three Grammy Awards. A similar effort, The Well-Tempered Synthesizer, followed in 1969. In 1971, Carlos wrote the music for Stanley Kubrick's controversial film A Clockwork Orange, introducing the vocoder -- an electronic device designed to synthesize the human voice -- in her score. After 1976's Brandenburg Concertos 3-5, Carlos again worked with Kubrick, providing the score for his 1980 adaptation of Stephen King's The Shining. Two years later, she wrote music for the Disney film Tron. Subsequent efforts included a spoof of Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" recorded with Weird Al Yankovic and Switched-On Bach 2000. ~ All Music Guide

  • ORIGIN
    Pawtucket, RI
  • BORN
    Nov 14, 1939

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