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Thursday, May 05, 2011
SWITCHED ON BACH
by Walter Carlos with Benjamin Folkman
SINFONIA TO CANTATA NO. 29 3:20
AIR ON A G STRING 2:27
TWO PART-INVENTION IN F MAJOR :40
TWO PART-INVENTION IN B-FLAT MAJOR 1:30
TWO PART-INVENTION IN D MINOR :55
JESU, JOY OF MAN'S DESIRING 2:56
PRELUDE AND FUGUE NO. 7 IN E-FLAT MAJOR 7:07
Editor's note: of all the major composers Bach is one of the few who leaves me cold. I think it's the harpsichord works that turned me off the most as well as the frenetic piano pieces which I have come to accept a little more as my mind has deteriorated into bathos. Of course he was a musical genius but so, some will say, is Weird Fucking Al! It doesn't mean that I have to like it. This cartoonish take on the master though does my heart some good. Not enough to reverse the years of Dorito plaque build up but as the drunk and loonies say: take it day by day. If that doesn't soothe you then take some comfort in the Michigan sunshine and cloudwork refracted in the vinyl reproduction. Just ignore the blurry graininess of the photo and we'll both feel better about ourselves.
I came across this record on a few blogs and managed to track down some audio from WFMU's site. I would love to hear more from this honky-tonkin' caterwaulin' queen. Listen to the tracks below and I think you will too!