Launched earlier this year, Synth History is a wonderful online music resource created by recording artist and synth aficionado Danz, who records under the name Computer Magic. The site “focuses on vintage synthesizers, drum machines, and musicians that use them,” and has recently started a podcast series diving even deeper into the wonderful stories behind vintage synths and their heroes. The first episode focuses on the life and times of synth pioneer and trans icon Wendy Carlos.
Carlos is most known for her massively influential 1968 album Switched on Bach, and her groundbreaking scores for the films A Clockwork Orange, The Shining and Tron. The podcast tells Carlos’ fascinating story: the gender dysphoria she felt at an early age; her time at Brown University; her lifelong friendship with the late Bob Moog; her interactions with Stanley Kubrick; and her twilight years. Few interviews exist of Carlos — she has disavowed Amanda Sewell’s recently published unauthorized biography — so this podcast is an excellent entry point into the artist’s incredible life story.