Coming in 2019: a lavish 2-LP/2-CD set of 120 TV and radio commercials from Scott's enormously successful Jingle Workshop, 1951–1965. For over a decade Scott earned a solid living composing, arranging, and recording catchy ditties for Revlon, Delta Airlines, Stuckey's, Alka-Seltzer, Sprite, the Ford Motor Company, and other major sponsors. Hear Dorothy Collins, Mel Tormé, and dozens of unnamed session vocalists and musicians serenade you about beer, ice cream, gasoline, cigarettes, more beer, bread, shampoo, cars, mouthwash, and MORE beer.
The Jingle Workshop collection includes finished spots, outtakes, rehearsals, alternates, demos, unused instrumental beds, studio chatter, and irresistible earworms about mid-20th century consumer goods. The styles range from cool jazz to percolating Latin, from lush orchestrations to piano & voice; the arrangements feature soloists, vocal duets, and group harmony. There's even some stray electronic works discovered after the release of the all-electronic Y2K compilation Manhattan Research Inc. Collection produced by Irwin Chusid, cover art by Javier Garcia, and liner notes by Gary Stockdale. Slated for release on Modern Harmonic.
The second collection of Raymond Scott electronica is 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 Electroniumis 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 3WPvideo 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.