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Manhattan Research

Artist: Raymond Scott
Raymond Scott - Manhattan Research CD
Label: Basta
Regular Price: $27.95
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Year: 2000
Format: CD

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2-CD Set with a 144 Page Hardbound book!

"Basta Records unveils Manhattan Research, Inc., a 2 CD, 69 track edition of over two hours of Raymond Scott's unreleased electronic recordings from the 1950s and 60s. These works feature such homebuilt Scott music machines as the Electronium, Clavivox, Circle Machine (early sequencer), Bandito the Bongo Artist, and more. The album includes maverick (and decidedly 'non-kiddie') collaborative works with pre-Muppet-era Jim Henson, and comes packaged in a 144-page, full-color, hard-bound book. The text features interviews with those who knew and worked with Scott (e.g., synthesizer pioneer Robert Moog, wife Mitzi Scott, electronic music authority Tom Rhea), along with countless previously unseen photos, lab notes, US patents, and scrapbook items. In 1946, Scott formed Manhattan Research Inc. (MRI), billed as 'Designers and Manufacturers of Electronic Music and Musique Concrète Devices and Systems'. His colleague Robert Moog said, 'Scott was definitely in the forefront of developing electronic music technology and in the forefront of using it commercially as a musician.' Soothing Sounds For Baby was just a warm-up. With MRI, prepare yourself for something beyond the pleasant parameters of pop. Scott's electronic experiments took him to uncharted netherworlds. The results are intriguing, compelling, and occasionally diabolic. Where SSFB offers relaxing ambience, the grotesqueries of MRI promise a sonic excursion to the realms of weightlessness, moon-craters, and six-armed aliens with twittering antennae. The 'personnel' on MRI consists of such Scott inventions as the Clavivox, a keyboard theremin that was later modified to produce an array of sounds similar to a synthesizer; the Electronium, an instantaneous composition-performance console (conceived in the '50s, developed in the '60s, used at Motown in the '70s); polyphonic sequencers, including his 'Circle Machine"; the Rhythm Modulator; and the Bass Line Generator; along with existing sound devices (e.g., the Ondioline and tone generators). The recordings range from detergent jingles to decidedly non-commercial -- uncommercial, even -- experimental adventures in sound sculpture. Aside from several samples of Scott re-tooling old titles (e.g., 1937's "The Toy Trumpet" and "Twilight in Turkey"), the remainder is new material. Also included, for the first time in commercial release, are several mid-1960s film soundtrack collaborations between Scott and Jim Henson."

...69 love songs to commerce and the space age....The music is both archaic and 'tres moderne'...Mojo (6/00, p.101) - ...Comprises generally abstract [electronic] experiments; space-age ad jingles...sonic experiments with tape loops and new instruments, or bleepy soundtracks for futuristic theme parks....A work of art in its own right...The Wire (6/00, p.57) - ...Scott's flair for invention suited an age for car batteries, electric-powered toys and bright new chemical products. By using it to bring a gloss and sparkle to prevailing notions of progress, he helped drag electronic music out of the laboratory and into the home... Spin (09/01/2000)

ARTISTS
Raymond Scott
TRACKS
DISC 1:
1. Manhattan Research Inc. Copyright
2. Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. - (take 4, TRUE instrumental)
3. Bendix 1: The Tomorrow People
4. Lightworks
5. Bass-Line Generator, The
6. Don't Beat Your Wife Every Night!
7. B.C. 1675
8. VIM
9. Auto-Lite: Sta-Ful - (TRUE instrumental)
10. Sprite: Melonball Bounce - (TRUE instrumental)
11. Sprite: Melonball Bounce
12. Wheels That Go
13. Limbo: The Organized Mind
14. Portofino - (version 1)
15. Country Fair
16. Lady Gaylord
17. Good Air - (take 7)
18. IBM MT/ST: The Paperwork Explosion
19. Domino
20. Super Cheer
21. Cheer: Revision 3
22. Twilight In Turkey
23. Raymond Scott Quote / Vicks: Medicated Cough Drops
24. Vicks: Formula 44
25. Auto-Lite: Spark Plugs
26. Nescafe
27. Awake
28. Backwards Overload
29. Bufferin: Memories - (original version)
30. Bandito The Bongo Artist
31. Night And Day
32. Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. (395)
33. K2r
34. IBM Probe
35. GMGM 1A
36. Rhythm Modulator, The

DISC 2:
1. Ohio Plus
2. In The Hall Of The Mountain Queen
3. General Motors: Futurama
4. Portofino - (version 2)
5. Wild Piece, The
6. Ripples
7. Cyclic Bit
8. Ripples (Montage)
9. Wing Thing, The
10. Country Fair - (TRUE instrumental)
11. Cindy Electronium
12. Don't Beat Your Wife Every Night! - (TRUE instrumental)
13. Hostess: Twinkies
14. Hostess: Twinkies - (TRUE instrumental)
15. Ohio Bell: Thermo Fax
16. Pygmy Taxi Corporation, The
17. Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. - (take 1, announce copy)
18. Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. - (full version)
19. Lightworks - (slow version)
20. Paperwork Explosion, The - (TRUE instrumental)
21. Auto-Lite: Ford Family
22. Auto-Lite: Ford Family - (TRUE instrumental)
23. Raymond Scott Quote
24. Auto-Lite: Wheels
25. Bufferin: Memories - (demo version)
26. Space Mystery (Montage)
27. Toy Trumpet, The
28. Backward Bleeps
29. Raymond Scott Quote / Auto-Lite: Sta-Ful
30. Lightworks - (alternate instrumental version)
31. When Will It End?
32. Bendix 2: The Tomorrow People
33. Electronic Audio Logos, Inc.
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