Film Music Fridays - Episode 12


🔪 The Shining (1980) by Wendy Carlos 🔪


We are back with the newest episode of Film Music Fridays, narrated by CineConcerts President, Producer & Conductor Justin Freer! In this week’s episode, Justin talks about Wendy Carlos’ eerie and haunting synth score to the Kubrick masterpiece, The Shining, which would be the second collaboration between Kubrick/Carlos. How does the use of this synth create a sense of dread? How would that compare to a melodic and symphonic theme in one of the most iconic scenes in the film? Watch the episode to find out and watch the scene!

Carlos came to prominence with Switched-On Bach (1968), an album of music by Johann Sebastian Bach performed on a Moog synthesizer which helped popularize its use in the 1970s and won her three Grammy Awards. Its commercial success led to several more keyboard albums from Carlos of varying genres including further synthesized classical music adaptations and experimental and ambient music. She composed the score to two Stanley Kubrick films, A Clockwork Orange (1971) and The Shining (1980), and also Tron (1982) for Walt Disney Productions.

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Cue from scene discussed:

Composer Wendy Carlos

Composer Wendy Carlos

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Stay tuned for a special Fourth of July episode of Film Music Fridays on Friday, July 5th, where we will be featuring David Arnold’s fun and epic score to Independence Day!