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Born November 14, 1939 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Wendy Carlos trained as a composer and worked as a recording engineer before her 1968 Switched-On Bach became the first classical music album to be certified platinum. This, and subsequent albums, brought the Moog synthesizer to wider public attention, and her 1971 soundtrack to A Clockwork Orange introduced the vocoder. Other notable work includes soundtracks for The Shining and Tron. (Her first six recordings were released under the name Walter Carlos.)