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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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This soundtrack is nostalgiac

While my wife sits here listening to Lady Gaga, I sit here listening to the Tron soundtrack. That's how awesome I am. She doesn't understand why that makes me awesome, but it does. One day she'll know.


I'm hoping iTunes will make Tron the MOVIE available for purchase in the near future.

All I Gotta Say Is....

(bit voice) YES!, YES!, YES!, YES!, YES!, YES!


Born: November 14, 1939 in Pawtucket, RI

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

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,...
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