Exposé Online banner

Wendy Carlos — Rediscovering Lost Scores Volume One
(East Side Digital esd 81752, 2005, CD)

Wendy Carlos — Rediscovering Lost Scores Volume Two
(East Side Digital ESD 81762, 2005, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2006-05-01

Rediscovering Lost Scores Volume One Cover artRediscovering Lost Scores Volume Two Cover artWriting about music is never really easy, but writing about music that was created for a purpose other than just listening is even harder. The pieces on these two discs were recorded as background music for films. In some cases the music was actually used for a finished product (such as the little known 1998 science fiction film called Woundings), and in others, the music (for one reason or another) never saw the light of day. Among the pieces that did get beyond the studio are works for Stanley Kubrick’s films A Clockwork Orange (1971) and The Shining (1980) as well as the groundbreaking computer fantasy Tron (1982). One thing that might surprise many familiar with the Carlos oeuvre is the presence of real orchestra both in addition to and in place of the usual electronic music. The detailed liner notes provide descriptions of how the pieces came about, and why some of them ended up being rejected. In the case of The Shining, much of the writing and recording Carlos did happened before the film was complete, just from reading the book. These big, brassy, pulsing pieces ended up not fitting the more quiet mood of the movie. Kubrick was well known for using classical music in his films, so many tracks are arrangements of old pieces, notably the “Valse Triste” of Sibelius. This makes for an interesting contrast between the melodic, melancholy pieces and the creepy, dissonant ones. Carlos fans take note: the Clockwork Orange tracks present here are not on the Complete Original Score collection. Also included are a number of short pieces recorded for UNICEF films, which feature various ethnic flavors sprinkled on some of the less bombastic material. The value of this music is clear for Carlos fans and music historians, but does it hold together as a listening experience? That’s a harder question, and my best answer is Sometimes yes, sometimes no.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 33, 2005 releases

Related artist(s): Wendy Carlos

Latest news

2021-04-01
New Aristocrats Live Album on the Way – No foolin'! These supreme musicians toured Europe early in 2020, just before touring ceased to be a thing musicians could do, and there were some hot performances captured. On May 7, some of these will be releases as Freeze! Live in Europe 2020. » Read more

2021-03-25
Return of Jerry Lucky's Progressive Rock Files – After much consideration and surprisingly, positive feedback, Jerry Lucky is announcing the launch of the progressive Rock Files podcast, featuring the latest progressive rock music from around the world. » Read more

2021-03-14
Jewlia Eisenberg RIP – The sad news has come out that Jewlia Eisenberg has died. As a founding member of Charming Hostess, Eisenberg changed the face of music, bringing together Balkan klezmer, American folk, and experimental rock in a distinctive blend that garnered much praise. » Read more

2021-03-11
RIP Roger Trigaux – The sad news has come to our attention that Roger Trigaux, the guiding force of Present and former member of Univers Zero, passed away on the evening of March 10, 2021 after a long ilness. » Read more

2021-02-14
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Five-O-One AM - 21st Century Dream – Somewhere between Marillion (Season's End) and the SI label bands Lies Five-O-One AM. That is, song oriented pop with elements of prog. Combine that with WMMS's reputation and Five-O-One AM...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues