1908-1994

Artifacts from the Archives

Raymond Scott

Raymond Scott – Artifacts from the Archives

We are offering a FREE 349-page downloadable pdf compendium of Raymond Scott artifacts and ephemera, including previously uncirculated historic material. The Artifacts files are intended as informational supplements to the Scott albums Three Willow Park: Electronic Music from Inner Space, 1961–1971Manhattan Research Inc.; and Soothing Sounds for Baby (all available on Basta Music).

The chronologically sequenced and annotated documents and images illuminate Scott’s career in the field of electronic music, from his 1920s Brooklyn high school days to his 1980s post-Motown years in Los Angeles. Two-thirds of the content focuses in-depth on Scott’s most productive period, 1958 (when he began working on electronic music full-time), thru his mid-1960s collaborations with Bob Moog, to 1972 (his first year at Motown).

This extensive collection features Scott’s handwritten and typed technical notes, photographs, sketches, correspondence, art, schematics, patents, circuit diagrams, vintage news articles, and family ephemera. While the collection is not intended to be read as a book (the patent disclosures and diagrams are extremely complex), there are many artifacts which the curiosity-seeker will find readable, enjoyable and informative.

The pdf is offered for download in two formats: high resolution (181MB; Dropbox folder—click to redirect and download), for best quality viewing and printing, and reduced resolution (66MB, Dropbox folder—click to redirect and download), suitable for paging through on-screen. We invite you to read, re-post, and share these documents.

The Artifacts compendium was compiled, edited and annotated by Irwin Chusid and Jeff Winner, and designed by Piet Schreuders.

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