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 Posted:   Jan 12, 2020 - 4:09 PM   
 By:   Tom Maguire   (Member)

Became fascinated with Raymond Scott a few years ago. His bio reads like a science fiction story. Spotify just recommended a new album of his jingles - "The Jingle Workshop." Great stuff, definitely worth an investigation.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2020 - 4:32 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Awesome!
Scott is, without question, a genuine pioneer.

 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2020 - 6:52 PM   
 By:   Tom Maguire   (Member)

There seems to be criminal lack of discussion here about Scott's contributions. Couldn't find a single thread.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2020 - 7:00 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

There seems to be criminal lack of discussion here about Scott's contributions. Couldn't find a single thread.


I can recall a thread a long time ago, regarding early electronics records and I mentioned it.
But it went no further than that.

I personally have "Manhattan Research, Inc.", and 2 of the 3 music for babies albums.
The babies albums are nice to hear once in a while, but I find MR more entertaining.
When I listen to it it makes me feel like I'm living in an old sci-fi movie--a retro-futuristic kind of thing.
It's a pain in my butt that I was never able to come across the 2nd volume of the baby music.
Maybe one day.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2020 - 11:33 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

My first exposure to Raymond Scott was through John Williams (or more specifically his dad, who played drums in the Raymond Scott Quintet). But then I discovered what a fascinating renaissance man he truly was. There is a documentary that I recommend to everyone, directed by his son - DECONSTRUCTING DAD. Includes interview bits with Williams, Mark Mothersbaugh and others. The transition from exotica/big band jazz to electronic pioneering is a fascinating one indeed.

 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2020 - 11:36 AM   
 By:   Tom Maguire   (Member)

Super, thanks for recommendation. I wondered if there were any docs about him.
Spotify must have recently put the Manhattan Research album up so I'm definitely giving that a listen too.

 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2020 - 12:04 PM   
 By:   That Neil Guy   (Member)

Awesome!
Scott is, without question, a genuine pioneer.


I would say he was a genuine POWERHOUSE.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2020 - 12:08 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

I would say he was a genuine POWERHOUSE.


I saw what you did there.
big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2020 - 2:34 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

I cannot recommend this set enough.
It is a feast of early electronics from some of the biggest names (and some not-so-big).
If you see it--grab it!

OHM: The Early Gurus Of Electronic Music (1948-1980)

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2020 - 2:37 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Oooh, that sounds intriguing, Octoberman. I'll be checking that out.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2020 - 2:45 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Oooh, that sounds intriguing, Octoberman. I'll be checking that out.


The packaging is excellent as well, with a nice thick booklet to pore over again and again.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2020 - 6:30 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

There seems to be criminal lack of discussion here about Scott's contributions. Couldn't find a single thread.

I think I started one ages ago. I certainly mentioned him in threads related to early electronic scores, as Scott contributed electronic scores for industrial films.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2020 - 10:44 AM   
 By:   smcguire   (Member)

A 43-minute documentary on Raymond Scott aired on BBC Radio 3 last month (December 22, 2019). It's still available to listen to and/or download (apparently episodes of this particular documentary series remain available "indefinitely").

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p080nknx

Rewiring Raymond Scott

The writer Ken Hollings examines the career and legacy of the American electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott.


(There's a much longer description of the content at the show's webpage.)

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2020 - 9:59 AM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

I finally got around to sitting through that radio show the other day.
It was really good and even though it had info that was already well-known, it's still spreading the word on Scott--and that is a good thing.

Good find.

 
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