A trans woman, Wendy Carlos is unfortunate in that her most famous work Switched on Bach, which sold a million records, was released in 1968—several years before she transitioned. As a result, she tends to remain in the public eye "really" a man and "really" the assigned name that appeared on her early records.
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DJ duos are rare, and female ones even more so, so I can't help wondering if it was this very fact that kept drum n bass duo Kemistry and Storm working in the scene for so long. In individualistic economies that run around (male) auteur geniuses, two women perhaps have a better chance of surviving institutional sexism together.
Remember when I said that Bachelorette, the moniker of New Zealand's Annabel Alpers, was a band to watch? The latest full-length album from the electronic pop artist, Bachelorette, came out last week from Drag City, and I stand by my recommendation. It's a great collection of subdued electronic orchestrations beneath Alpers' ethereal, even-keeled voice.
Working with early synths, tape loops and found sounds, Delia Derbyshire created unique, groundbreaking music through the '60s and early '70s. In her hands, anything could be musical, and it frequently was.
OK, first things first: I am a Beyoncé fan. However, fandom aside (well, sort of, because you can't ever really throw fandom aside) I must say that I'm surprised by all of the negative pushback Bey's latest video, "Run the World (Girls)," is getting. Not because it's a perfect video with a flawless, amazing message (it isn't), but because so many people are fired up about it. On the one hand, this pushback is terrific, because it means lots of people are talking about race and feminism and doing a close read of a music video, which doesn't happen all that often. On the other hand, this pushback is a bit harsh and asks more of a pop song and pop singer (whose heart I believe to be in the right place—more on that in a minute) than is perhaps fair.