Wendy Carlos, one of the great innovators in synthesized and electronic
music, was born as Walter Carlos in Rhode Island on November 14, 1939.
She underwent a sex-change operation in 1972, details of which she
revealed during a surprise Playboy interview in 1979. Walter's last
credited release is "Sonic Seasonings" (1972). Wendy's first credited
release is the "Tron" soundtrack (1982), which was released on CD in
Is an avid eclipse chaser. Her website contains many splendid
photographs of solar eclipses from all over the world, taken since the
Carlos became aware of her gender dysphoria at an early age, recalling: "I was about five or six... I remember being convinced I was a little girl, much preferring long hair and girls' clothes, and not knowing why my parents didn't see it clearly".
Her ground-breaking album "Switched On Bach" was the first
all-synthesizer recording of classical music. She followed this with a
series of classical recordings, all performed on sythesizers.
Carlos disclosed her transgender status in a series of interviews with Arthur Bell held between December 1978 and January 1979 and published in the May 1979 issue of Playboy magazine. She explained that Playboy had "always been concerned with liberation, and [I was] anxious to liberate myself".
Several recordings made by Wendy Carlos when she was Walter Carlos were
briefly re-issued under the name "W. Carlos".