Soothing Sounds for Baby (electronic)

MI0001089958When Scott recorded Soothing Sounds for Baby in 1963, it was intended for infants—but history has endowed these deceptively simple works with broader significance. SSFB was intended to serve as an “aural toy” during the “feeding, teething, play, sleep and fretful periods” of infants in three age groups (to 18 months). SSFB was “pleasantly stimulating” and provided a “quieting” atmosphere of relaxation, warmth, and contentment. These same qualities were embodied in a music genre that emerged in the 1970s—the “Ambient” movement, for which Brian Eno’s Discreet Music (1975) is often cited as the cornerstone. Eno wrote that Ambient Music sought “to induce calm and a space to think. [It] must be able to accommodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular.” These concepts later mixed with dance beats, spawning ambient house, trance, techno, and trip-hop. Soothing Sounds for Baby pre-dated Discreet Music by over a decade. Below are excerpts from album tracks. Buy the full albums or single tracks at: iTunes: Vol.1 / Vol. 2 / Vol. 3. Amazon (all volumes)

  1. Nursery Rhyme Raymond Scott 2:40
  2. Lullaby Raymond Scott 2:38
  3. Sleepy Time Raymond Scott 2:36
  4. Tempo Block Raymond Scott 2:27
  5. The Happy Whistler Raymond Scott 2:35
  6. The Music Box Raymond Scott 2:31

If you’re an animator or filmmaker and would like to use Scott music in your production, read here.
All compositions by Raymond Scott © Gateway Music (ASCAP)

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