The long awaited second collection of Raymond Scott electronica is now available. Three Willow Park: Electronic Music from Inner Space, 1961-1971, features 61 previously unreleased recordings from the decade before Scott left New York to work in L.A. for Motown. Most tracks were recorded on devices Scott invented, and his Motown Electronium is heard for the first time on disc. The 3-LP/2-CD set serves as a companion to the Y2K collection Manhattan Research, Inc. Many tracks feature hypnotic rhythms played by the Electronium—an invention which composed and performed using programmed intelligence. That Scott produced beat-oriented proto-techno before the 1970s explosion of electronic music and rhythms on the pop charts is a significant achievement that should not be overlooked. Three Willow Park includes an extensive booklet with historical chronicles, photos, a timeline, family remembrances, track notes, and ephemera. The album, on Basta, was produced by Gert-Jan Blom, Irwin Chusid, and Jeff Winner. Watch a short promotional 3WP video clip here. And learn more about Scott's electronic music career in Artifacts from the Archives, a FREE 349-page downloadable compendium of artifacts and ephemera, including previously uncirculated historic material.
Here's what's planned:
A symposium on themes that range from Raymond Scott's 1930s jazz to his 1970s electronics
Presentations and musical performances by those who knew him—and those whom he inspired
Interactive exhibits with original instruments and replicas
An evening concert featuring Raymond Scott's music as interpreted by Steve Bartek and Ego Plum
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