Sonic Seasonings

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Sonic Seasonings
Studio album by Wendy Carlos
Released 1972
1998 (CD reissue)
Genre Ambient, experimental, new-age
Length 86:02
131:15 (1998 reissue)
Label Columbia
East Side Digital (1998 reissue)
Wendy Carlos chronology
The Well-Tempered Synthesizer
Sonic Seasonings
A Clockwork Orange
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Sonic Seasonings is the third album by synthesizer pioneer Wendy Carlos. It was released in 1972. Each side of the double LP was a single piece which was a musing on each of the seasons. The compositions combined music with field recordings, such as rushing wind ("Fall"), birdsong ("Spring"), and insect noises ("Summer"). In her liner notes for the 1998 Compact Disc reissue, Carlos explained that the music "was intended to work on a timbral and experiential level", as part of "a third, viable alternative to acoustic and musical environmental presentations".[1]

Track listing[edit]

Side A[edit]

  1. "Spring" – 22:28

Side B[edit]

  1. "Summer" – 21:44

Side C[edit]

  1. "Fall" – 21:09

Side D[edit]

  1. "Winter" – 20:41

1998 reissue[edit]

East Side Digital reissued Sonic Seasonings in 1998 as a double-CD, containing the original composition, along with an outtake and two other, previously-unreleased compositions entitled Land of the Midnight Sun and Aurora Borealis.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Spring" – 22:28
  2. "Summer" – 21:44
  3. "Fall" – 21:09

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Winter" – 20:41
  2. "Winter (Outtake)" – 5:21
  3. "Aurora Borealis" – 19:55
  4. "Midnight Sun" – 19:57