Saturday, July 28, 2007

Raymond Scott - 1953-1969 - Manhattan Research, Inc.




Manhattan Research, Inc.
Raymond Scott
Release Date: May 16, 2000
Recording Date: 1953-Dec 16, 1969
Label: Basta
Genre:Jazz, Experimental, Electronic, Avante Garde, Rock, Space Age Pop, Obscuro.
Moods: Ironic, Carefree, Earnest, Sophisticated, Stylish, Clinical, Exuberant, Quirky, Hypnotic, Cheerful, Playful Complex, Intense, Energetic, Irreverent.


"Subtitled "New Plastic Sounds and Electronic Abstractions," Manhattan Research, Inc. is an excellent compilation of electronic pioneer Raymond Scott's works from the '50s and '60s. Nothing that has been recorded since within the field of electronic music has obscured the originality and genius of these works. Even the amusing tracks of corporate advertisements for the likes of cough drops, fragrances, and Twinkies demand repeated listening for their fascinating use of electronics. Tracks like "Bandito the Bongo Artist," "Cindy Electronium," and "The Pygmy Taxi Corporation" are just as intriguing as their titles. And the packaging ó from the compilation of tracks to the exhaustive liner notes, photographs, and interviews (including a fascinating one with Scott associate Robert Moog) ó is a clinic in reissue presentation. Not only detailing some of the instruments he developed for use in his compositions (the Clavivox, Circle Machine, etc.), it also documents other inventions and aids, like the Videola, which enabled him to score films conveniently as he watched them. Absolutely essential for any electronic music fan, and completely out of this world, regardless of century. Every library should own a copy of this as well ó Scott's name should be just as well-known as Beethoven." ~ AMG

Disc 1

01 Manhattan Research, Inc. 0:11
02 Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. 1:14
03 Bendix 1: The Tomorrow People 1:06
04 Lightworks 1:52
05 The Bass-Line Generator 3:10
06 Don't Beat Your Wife Every Night! 1:44
07 B.C. 1675 [The Gillette Conga Drum Jingle] :16
08 Vim 0:59
09 Auto-Lite : Sta-Ful 0:47
10 Sprite 'Melonball Bounce' 1:01
11 Sprite 'Melonball Bounce' 1:01
12 Wheels That Go 0:53
13 Limbo : The Organized Mind 4:33
14 Portofino 1 2:13
15 County Fair 1:01
16 Lady Gaylord 1:02
17 Good Air [take 7] 0:38
18 IBM MT/St : 'The Paperwork Explosion' 4:31
19 Domino 0:33
20 Super Cheer 0:34
21 Cheer: Revision 3 [new backgrounds] 0:39
22 Twilight in Turkey 1:34
23 Raymond Scott Quote/Vicks: Medicated Cough Drops 1:36
24 Vicks : Formula 44 0:46
25 Auto-Lite : Spark Plugs 1:00
26 NescafÈ 1:06
27 Awake 0:35
28 Backwards Overload 6:06
29 Bufferin : 'Memories' 1:01
30 Bandito the Bongo Artist 1:30
31 Night and Day Porter, Scott 1:45
32 Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. '395' 1:07
33 K2r 0:19
34 IBM Probe 1:56
35 GMGM 1A 1:49
36 The Rhythm Modulator 3:37

Disc 2

01 Ohio Plus 0:17
02 In the Hall of the Mountain Queen 0:49
03 General Motors : Futurama 1:04
04 Portofino #2 2:14
05 The Wild Piece [aka String Piece] 4:07
06 Take Me to Your Violin Teacher 1:40
07 Ripples 0:59
08 Cyclic Bit 1:04
09 Ripples [montage] 4:06
10 The Wing Thing 1:00
11 County Fair [instrumental] 1:00
12 Cindy Electronium 1:59
13 Don't Beat Your Wife Every Night! [instrumental] 1:45
14 Hostess : Twinkies 0:32
15 Hostess : Twinkies [instrumental] 0:32
16 Ohio Bell : Thermo Fax 0:24
17 The Pygmy Taxi Corporation 7:11
18 Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. 0:29
19 Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. 0:44
20 Lightworks [slow] 1:40
21 The Paperwork Explosion [instrumental] 3:39
22 Auto-Lite 'Ford Family' 1:03
23 Auto-Lite 'Ford Family' [instrumental] 0:54
24 Raymond Scott Quote/Auto-Lite: Wheels 1:50
25 Bufferin: 'Memories' [demo version] 0:44
26 Space Nystery [montage] 5:11
27 The Toy Trumpet 2:15
28 Backward Beeps 1:05
29 Raymond Scott Quote/Auto-Lite: Sta-Ful 1:36
30 Lightworks [instrumental] 1:29
31 When Will It End? 3:14
32 Bendix 2 'The Tomorrow People' 1:03
33 Electronic Audio Logos, Inc. 5:23