So much, popular and scholarly, has been written about the synthesizer, Bob Moog and his brand-name instrument, and even Wendy Carlos, the musician who made this instrument famous. No one, however, has examined the importance of spy technology, the Cold War and Carlos's gender to this critically important innovation.
Through a postcolonial lens of feminist science and technology studies, Roshanak Kheshti engages in a reading of Carlos's music within this gendered context. By focusing on Switched-On Bach (the highest selling classical music recording of all time), this book explores the significance of gender to the album's--and, as a result, the Moog synthesizer's--phenomenal success.
Roshanak Kheshti (University of California San Diego USA)
Bloomsbury Academic USA
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Series: 33 1/3
31 October 2019
Switched-On Prologue 1 Original Synth 2 Switching On 3 Switched-On Studio 4 Switched-On World Epilogue: Cats on Keys & Total Eclipses Acknowledgements Notes
Roshanak Kheshti is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and affiliate faculty in the Critical Gender Studies Program at the University of California, San Diego, USA.
Reviews for Wendy Carlos's Switched-On Bach
Roshanak Kheshti, the author of the new 33 1/3 book series entrant Wendy Carlos's Switched-On Bach, says Carlos was and remains a foundational presence to electronic music-and that the brief public acknowledgements she often garners today fall far short of the full story. * Reverb *