Thursday, February 6, 2014

Great Scott

My first encounter with his music was from the Looney Tune cartoons of the 30's and 40's.
Carl Stalling (wasn't stalling) in adapting Raymond Scott's music to these classic WB cartoons.
'Powerhouse' is probably the best known of Scott's works, later reintroduced in 'Ren and Stimpy' cartoons.

                                In '46 Raymond Scott established his Manhattan Research Inc.,
creating his own electronic instruments, the Clavivox, Electronium and later polyphonic sequencer which he used for those futuristic radio and TV commercials of the fifties- my first encounter with Electronic Music.
Here recording with his wife Dorothy Collins, 
                           this was the true beginnings of electronic experimental music.
Robert Moog was introduced to Scott and worked with him as a circuits designer, later developing his own synthesizer.

Scott's music; from his jazz, 'Reckless Nights and Turkish Twilights' to his electronic, 'Soothing Sounds for Baby', will always remain for me one of America's most important composers and inventors.

"Perhaps within the next hundred years, science will perfect a process of thought transference from composer to listener. The composer will sit alone on the concert stage and merely 'think' his idealized conception of his music. Instead of recordings of actual music sound, recordings will carry the brainwaves of the composer directly to the mind of the listener." —Raymond Scott, 1949