Dec. 1998

Exclaim! - - SHOTS - JAMES KEAST

TRA­DI­TION MEETS… WRESTLING?

Some seem­ingly in­ex­pli­ca­ble choices in our his­tory were tra­di­tion — our De­cem­ber/ Jan­uary cov­ers were al­ways il­lus­trated, un­til 2002. And this im­age is sup­posed to sug­gest 1999 tak­ing down the pre­vi­ous year in a wrestling-themed pose. But it also co­in­cided with an ac­tual fea­ture about wrestling and mu­sic; we’d do it again, in Septem­ber 2000.

THE WELL-TEM­PERED IN­NO­VA­TOR

This is­sue in­cluded a fas­ci­nat­ing, in-depth in­ter­view with elec­tronic mu­sic pi­o­neer Wendy Car­los, fa­mous for her work with early syn­the­siz­ers that re­sulted in 1968’s Switched-On Bach be­com­ing the best-sell­ing clas­si­cal mu­sic al­bum ever. She was also among the first to ex­per­i­ment with vocoder, and re­veals that her work led peo­ple to be­lieve that the synth and vocoder would, and should, only be used for clas­si­cal mu­sic. Turns out she was a hip-hop pi­o­neer as well.

BEST OF THE YEAR IN RET­RO­SPECT

Twenty years ago, we didn’t yet do ranked best-of-the-year lists, but 1998 was stel­lar: Boards of Canada’s Mu­sic Has the Right to Chil­dren; Neu­tral Milk Ho­tel’s In the Aero­plane Over the Sea; Air’s Moon Sa­fari; Talvin Singh’s OK; Amon Tobin’s Per­mu­ta­tion; Richard Buck­ner’s Since and Lau­ryn Hill’s The Mise­d­u­ca­tion of…

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