The 7″ AA Side, ‘March’ from A Clockwork Orange (1971), is an arrangement of Beethoven’s rousing Symphony No. 9 in D Minor (fourth movement) and is the first recorded song using a vocoder. Almost ten years later, Carlos was to work with Kubrick again on The Shining (1980). Although Kubrick didn’t use much of the music she composed, sticking instead to the guide tracks for the final cut, the disturbing main theme is by Carlos and her collaborator and friend Rachel Elkind.
‘Main Theme’ from The Shining on the other side of the 7″ takes as its starting point the Dies Irae from Hector Berlioz’s Requiem (Op5), appropriately taken to new levels of darkness by Carlos and Elkind’s electronic treatment.
Double A Side:
The Shining – Main Title
(Composed by Wendy Carlos & Rachel Elkind. Performed by Mark Ayres)
A Clockwork Orange – March
(Composed by Beethoven. Arranged by Wendy Carlos. Performed by Mark Ayres)