1908-1994
"Raymond Scott was in the forefront of developing electronic music technology and using it commercially as a musician."
Robert Moog

In pursuit of the perfect sideman

The long awaited second collection of Raymond Scott electronica will be issued June 30th. Three Willow Park: Electronic Music from Inner Space, 1961-1971, features 61 previously unreleased recordings by Scott from the decade before he left New York to work in L.A. for Motown. Most tracks were recorded on devices Scott invented, and his Motown Electronium will be 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 Scott's 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 and Irwin Chusid, with Jeff Winner as Associate Producer.

The Portofino Variations

Raymond Scott's 1962 tune "Portofino" has become a belated "hit." It's been licensed for the TV show Narcos, the film Best of Enemies, used in a Gucci commercial, and garnered more single-track downloads than any track on Manhattan Research Inc., the Y2K anthology of vintage Scott electronica on which it was first released. Basta has commissioned 20 contemporary versions of the composition and collected them on a new album, The Portofino Variations. The album features "Portofino" recorded by Fay Lovsky, Arling & Cameron, the Metropole Orchestra, Ocobar, Davide Rossi (Goldfrapp, Coldplay, The Verve), Jacco Gardner, Eva Auad, and others. The tune is interpreted in a wide array of styles: surf guitar, whistling, electronica, chamber ensemble, minimalism, pop, rock guitar, and scat vocals. The compilation even contains two song versions with original lyrics. The album is available on CD and digitally on Basta, and on LP by Music on Vinyl (a limited edition of 1,000 numbered LPs on gold vinyl, featuring two previously unreleased 1962 takes by Scott). The cover art features an adaption of a painting by Jim Flora entitled Portofino—which by strange coincidence was rendered in 1962.
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